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A helping hand for veterans

Many behind bars are finding there’s a network of services to help them rebuild their lives

BILLERICA — Michael Wiggins was a cook on a Navy submarine during the Gulf War era. After serving for nearly 2½ years, much of it spent beneath the deep, cold sea, he received an honorable discharge.

But Wiggins did not know what veterans benefits he had earned until he landed in jail.

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