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Helping veterans heal by baking for good

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There is an art to kneading dough and these bakers are learning from the best-- an instructor at King Arthur Flour in Norwich.

"I think baking is one of the oldest trades in the world," said Stephen Guidry of East Hampton, Mass.

And many in this room have been all over the world, serving the country in the armed forces.

"I spent time in Somalia, Haiti. I spent a year in Korea, was stationed at Fort Drum and also Fort Stewart, Georgia," said Susan Landry of Fairlee.

Landry and the other bakers are in-patients at the VA Medical Center in White River Junction. They were invited to King Arthur thanks to a new partnership.

"This is actually part of our 'Bake for Good' program, which is basically taking baking into the community and using it for good," said Julia Reed of King Arthur Flour.

The bread they bake will be donated to the Medical Center's weekly farmers market.

"It makes me feel very good knowing I am helping my brother and sister veterans," Landry said.

And the bakers say it also helps them feel better about themselves, helping them heal from invisible war wounds, a process that is currently underway.

"Anything when you are having problems to take your mind off it, people to talk to. Something like this is great," Guidry said.

"It's very good for them. It's good to get off campus," said Erin Chervincky, a unit nurse at the VA. "I think it helps them focus on their recovery."

This is the first time King Arthur has partnered with the VA for the event; a program that allows veterans to learn a new trade and give something back at the same time.

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