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A patriot down the road from new neighbors in Wilson County

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To the Editor:

When I moved to Wilson County three years ago, I didn’t know anyone here personally. I remember as we drove up Carthage Highway toward our new home, my husband, a Captain in the Tennessee Army National Guard, was excited and telling me that we lived somewhere down the road from Stratton Bone.

The reason my husband knew of him was everything Rep. Bone has done, and continues to do, for the Tennessee National Guard. Mr. Bone was instrumental in getting State Route 840 named the Tennessee National Guard Parkway and reserving the bridges for fallen Tennessee National Guardsmen. He was a strong supporter of tuition assistance, as well as many other measures Gov. Phil Bredesen passed to protect and assist returning Tennessee National Guardsmen from overseas deployments.

With Veterans’ Day just passed, and at a time when the tone in our country, and unfortunately in Wilson County, has insulted us all with hateful and negative campaigns, I wanted to say something positive. I would like to publicly thank Rep. Bone for his support of my husband, my little boys and me, and all Tennessee National Guardsmen and their families. As my husband gets ready to deploy for the fourth time, I feel better knowing I have Rep. Bone “down the road.”
 
Catherine Roberts
Lebanon

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