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Methuen councilor helps out disabled veteran

He and residents get new ramp built

Eyeing a price tag of about $4,000, septuagenerian Frank Gioia knew he couldn’t afford the wheelchair ramp he needs to get in and out of his Methuen home. So the former Marine turned to the city’s veterans services office.

But that effort initially stalled, leaving Gioia’s wife struggling to help her husband up and down the stairs — until a number of community ­leaders and veterans stepped in.

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