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PEPPERELL — Ayer, Harvard, Lancaster and Shirley were among the first, Groton is about to become the sixth.

On Monday night, Pepperell was offered the opportunity to become the seventh area signatory to the Army Community Covenant.

Lt. Col. Steven Nott, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Devens commander, and Lt. Col. Ret. Frank Belitsky of Groton were invited to this week’s selectmen’s meeting by Planning Board member Steven Themelis to speak to the year-old decree that fosters state and community partnerships with the Army that improves the quality of life for soldiers and their families.

There is, Nott said, no cost. The covenant is nonbinding and is tailored at the local level. There have been more than 100 signatories since the covenant was started in April 2008.

Last year the Army garrison Fort Devens hosted a well-attended multicommunity sign-up that saw four generals and a host of colonels sign a th3-foot by 5-foot document with community leaders.

“It is an affirmation of the military, but the next step is what we can do together,” Nott said. “For example taking the idea from the Fort Shafter, HI commander who handed out identification cards to families and troops who are overseas. Local businesses offer discounts to cards holders.”

Nott said he’d suggest expiring the cards after the soldier has returned for 60 days.

“Ultimately it’s up to the community. I’m a facilitator,” Nott said. “The town would get civic leaders and veterans to meet with my staff to go down the line with whatever would make Pepperell proud,” he said.

“This community has a long history of supporting veterans,” Selectmen Chairman Joseph Sergi said.

“I saw that on Memorial Day,” Nott answered. He had marched with the honorary firing team and delivered a speech on the Town Common that residents are still talking about.

Congress has been “fully briefed” on the covenant. While the Army is the facilitator, the covenant applies to all branches of the military.

The document affirms recognition of the commitment of soldiers and their families, that soldier’s strength comes from families whose strength comes from the community, who are supported by employers, educators, business leaders and citizens.

Selectmen appeared to favor the idea, although Selectman Patrick McNabb preferred town counsel review the paperwork. The others agreed.

Belitsky said, “We’re finding out there are a lot of veterans in the woodwork really treated badly. One family recently had a brother killed in Afghanistan. This is an opportunity to honor such soldiers. I think you’ll have people jumping up to help.”

Veterans Agent Joseph Mazzola, who also supports Townsend, said he’d like that community involved as well.

“It would be my honor if Pepperell became number seven and Townsend number eight (to join),” Nott said. “I hear Townsend is a patriotic town also. There’s no limit where this could go.”

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