Hinds is impressive on veterans' issues

To the editor:

I have never seen myself as a political person nor someone who has been civically active in my community. I don't vote often because I have never really felt like it mattered because they never cared about people like me.

However, I have had the distinct honor and privilege to serve in the U.S. Air Force Reserve for 13 years and been deployed twice to Afghanistan. I found myself interested in this state Senate race when I had the opportunity to speak with Adam Hinds about his experiences in the Middle East.

I did not feel like I was talking to a politician. He told me how grateful he was to the men and women of the armed forces for protecting him, and he will never forget it.

He then asked me how he could help, which meant the world to me. He did not tell me what he was going to do for me but wanted to understand the needs of veterans. I was amazed to see my thoughts used to help create his statement on veterans and PTSD. He actually heard what I said!

Adam is the only candidate running for state Senate who has shown any interest in helping the veteran community. That is why I will be voting for Adam Hinds on Thursday, Sept. 8. Berkshire County and Massachusetts need more politicians like Adam who want to bring us together and help average people like me.

Carmen Provenzano Ostrander, Great Barrington