Jackson family recognized for support of veterans

by Tony on February 11, 2014

A family in Jackson is being recognized for its ongoing support of wounded U.S. veterans and their families.

The Carrier family started the Christmas Can Cure program several years ago that hosts military families for days of pre-Christmas fun and recreation in the Mount Washington Valley.

Now the Carriers have been presented a Granite State Warriors Award by the New Hampshire Military Officers Association of America. The award is presented each year to individuals or organizations that have “gone above and beyond in their service to the men and women of the U.S. military and the State of New Hampshire.”

Dr. Gerry Carrier – a retired dentist and the family patriarch – and his wife Delores – accepted the award in January, 2014 at a luncheon at the Portsmouth Country Club attended by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

Gerry explains his family members realized how fortunate they are and pooled their money, affiliating with the national Wounded Warrior Project.

The mission statement for Christmas Can Cure reads “by granting that family in need a perfect, hopefully white, Christmas, perhaps that sadness becomes glee, fear becomes pride, depression becomes enthusiasm, and the holiday can give them the fresh start they need in the new year. Then, just maybe, the magic of Christmas can start the healing process in their lives and perhaps Christmas Can Cure.”

Christmas Can Cure events in the valley traditionally begin and end with a flag raising ceremony at the town offices in Jackson.

Area businesses and individuals donate time, services, food, cash and attractions to ensure visiting families enjoy a full and relaxing schedule of recreational activities.

The Military Officers Association also presented a Granite State Warriors Award to the Veterans Count Club – an organization created by Easter Seals to make sure New Hampshire veterans and their families don’t have to endure personal and professional struggles after sacrificing so much for their country.