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Cus­tomers and oth­ers have put in hun­dreds of dol­lars to help the causes, as well as ear­lier ef­forts Baggett sup­ported.

Baggett also helps in other, smaller ways.

A reg­u­lar hair­cut costs $10, but cus­tomers like 20-year-old Hoschton Marine Ryan Weathers, just home from Afghanistan on post-de­ploy­ment leave, pay just $8 for a mil­i­tary hair­cut.

The bar­ber shop owner isn’t from a mil­i­tary fam­ily, but some of her loyal cus­tomers drew her into help­ing vet­eran’s causes. Quite a few are older vet­er­ans, some with painful med­i­cal con­di­tions.

“I al­ways try to give them a smile and try to cheer them up,” she said. “They have been so good to me over the years.”

Some come at least partly be­cause of one hard-to-find ser­vice the bar­ber­shop pro­vides — a back-of-the-neck shave with hot lather. A while back, some of her pa­trons were dis­tressed to find that the hot lather ma­chine broke.

“They were squirm­ing and jump­ing,” she said.

Now there are three hot-lather ma­chines in the bar­ber shop.

Vet­er­ans aren’t the only peo­ple she tries to help.

“Carolyn also has a pas­sion for the needy,” Beacham said.

She’s vol­un­teered to give free hair­cuts to home­less peo­ple, he added.

The mil­i­tary Christ­mas tree will even­tu­ally go, at least for a while, re­placed with a green one nearer to the hol­i­day sea­son.

Baggett said she’s glad that to­day vet­er­ans get more re­spect than when Viet­nam vet­er­ans came home in the 1960s and 1970s.

“I’m glad to see that peo­ple are ac­knowl­edg­ing sol­diers a lot more than they used to,” she said.

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