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Larchmont Veteran, Girl Scouts Show Appreciation

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Col. David F. Everett told Ruth Payne and other members of the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Girl Scout Troop 1829 that the U.S. Army values is similar to Girl Scout law during a presentation Tuesday.

Everett, a Larchmont resident, offered to talk to the troop about his tour in Iraq and Afghanistan as a thank you for the pendants the scouts make for him every Veterans Day.

"I wanted to show how grateful I was that the Girl Scouts were appreciative of the veterans," Everett said. "I wanted to teach them a little bit about what it was like to be a soldier in the military, and also teach them a little about a foreign culture."

The Girl Scouts make different gifts for veterans in the local community every year, said Patt Allen, volunteer communication chair for the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Girl Scouts. She said she is aware of about 600 veterans in Mamaroneck and Larchmont.

"It connects them with the community and the veterans," she said.

Tuesday, Troop 1829, comprised of six and seven-year-olds, presented Everett with another pendent and a bag of candy. Everett's power point presentation included pictures of his tour in Afghanistan from January to June of 2009, many of which featured him giving children in Afghanistan candy. Everett said he was nicknamed "Colonel Candy" because he always had candy in his pocket.

Previously, Everett, a retired member of the U.S. Army Reserve, served in Iraq from Oct. 2005 to April 2006 and in the Persian Gulf in 1991 as an Executive Officer of a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. In both Iraq and Afghanistan, he trained Afghan police.

After the presentation, Girl Scouts were paired up for an informal quiz, matching something Everett said with one of the Girl Scout's laws. Ruth and her partner Phoebe Sisson, both from Larchmont, shared with the group that Everett was being helpful to the Afghan kids by bringing them candy and other gifts, which they matched with being friendly and helpful.

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