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Veterans are more complete citizens, I think.  We hold our country closer,  and we know our country better for having gotten on the bus and gone to boot camp and earned the right to train and fight, get scared and get drunk with the richest mix of Americans to be found anywhere.

I remember the farm kids and the ghetto kids and the kids gone to the Marines instead of prison.  I remember the kids like me who wanted to break from college-bred predictability and take a mad leap into the unknown.   Some of us were looking for our hard side and found we didn’t have one.

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Rhode Islanders looking to get into the marine trades industry can apply for a free training program. Every graduate from the last round of training landed a job.

 The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association held its first round of training over the summer, and every graduate found a job within 30 days of graduation. So the trade association is doing it again, offering a free, full-time, five-and-a-half-week course.

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Bristol boat builder Walt Schultz, is the owner of Shannon Boats. He worked his way through college destroying old, wooden boats. Older and wiser, he’s spent that last 40 years paying a penance of sorts repairing as many of those old boats as he can find.

There are two currently being repaired in his shop, one of them belonged to ice cream baron Howard Johnson. Schultz is one of the few remaining craftsmen repairing wooden boats from a long-gone era, and he shares his thoughts on what it means to know that craft.