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Fred Petzold, 65, a veteran of the Vietnam
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Fred Petzold, 65, a veteran of the Vietnam War who served in the 173rd Airborne Brigade and a resident of The Knickerbocker Residence for Homeless Veterans, tends to the organic garden as a part-time employee in the Services for the Underserved Urban Gardening Program. (August 22, 2012)(Credit: Charles Eckert)

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Veterans find new life in backyard gardens

Vietnam veteran Fred Petzold is one of 48 formerly homeless veterans living at the Knickerbocker apartments in Bushwick, where his vegetable garden produces about 10 pounds of food a week.