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Last February in Brockton, Massachusetts, it was snowing and the roads were slick. But pool and billiard fans still showed up for a special dedication and to support the veterans at the Brockton Veterans Hospital.

Those participating in the billiards room dedication at the hospital included VA Director Mike Lawson; Assistant VA Director Susan MacKenzie; Chief of Voluntary and Recreation Services Ralph Marche; Project Coordinators and Recreation Specialist Rick Leeman and Owen “Mickey” Emery of Rhode Island VVA Chapter 818; and Sue Doyle and Andy Segal from Olhausen Billiards.

The event resulted from a call four years ago by billiard promoter Matt Braun of Billiards International. Once Braun got the ball rolling, Olhausen Billiards provided two tables. In a 2004 raffle, one table was won by another VSO and the other was won by Army veteran Stacy Kasten of Colorado Springs, Colo., who donated the table back to give to the Brockton VA Billiard Room.

Another table was donated by Olhausen and Mike Small of Season Specialty Stores in Foxboro, Mass., to help complete the room that was started eleven months ago.

Emery, one of the coordinators in establishing the room, thanked all those who had worked to put together the Brockton VA Billiard Room, including VVA Chapter 818.


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