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Officers, Internet Rally to Help Veteran Back on Feet

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Thanks to an Illinois police officer and anonymous Americans across the Internet, a Vietnam Veteran has received the support he needed.

James Nicoletti, 66, had just moved to Berwyn, Illinois, when he called the Veteran’s Affairs Hotline for help. Officers were then called to his home for a wellness check.

When they arrived, they found Nicoletti sick, having not eaten in days and sleeping in his bathtub due to lack of furniture. Nicoletti’s only possessions were the clothes on his back, and told them he had no money and was not expecting a military check for days.

We are so proud of our Officers for going above and beyond the call of duty and the community for coming together to assist someone in need!

Posted by Berwyn Police Department on Thursday, January 16, 2020

Berwyn Police Officer Edward Tovar was the primary responding unit, and was moved with compassion.

“Officer Tovar with heartfelt determination wanted to see this Military Veteran get back on his feet and thrive in his new home,” wrote Chief of Police Michael Cimaglia on the Berwyn Police Department social media page.

Tovar, along with other officers, purchased groceries and medicine for Nicoletti, while others donated a bed, furniture and unused toiletries.

Tovar then took to Facebook, where he posted about Nicoletti’s plight and asked for donations to improve Nicoletti’s quality of life.

Within 24 hours, “there was an overwhelming support from people all over the country,” Cimaglia wrote.

One organization offered to furnish Nicoletti’s apartment. A local business owner offered him a job, at which Nicoletti has already started working.

Others donated clothes, gift cards and other furnishings.

“As the City of Berwyn Chief of Police I would like to say that I am proud of the efforts put forward by the brave men and women who went above and beyond the call of duty; serving and protecting while displaying compassion throughout their mission to help this Military Veteran who proudly served his country,” Cimaglia wrote.

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