Blue Star Mothers Plan Talk on Vets

LEOMINSTER — The Blue Star Mothers of Massachusetts, Chapter 1, will co-host a panel discussion of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans and military families Sunday, March 3, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Leominster Veterans Center, 100 West St.

The event, presented in collaboration with the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, will focus on the challenges facing returning veterans and their families, and how the community can help.

Panel discussion topics include:

  •  The realities of combat deployment and coming home.
  • Stresses placed on warriors and their families.
  • The “invisible wounds of war.”
  •  How communities are affected.
  • Opportunities to support military families.

The Blue Star Mothers of Massachusetts, Chapter 1, is a group of mothers of children who are serving or have served in the U.S. military.

The group meets monthly to participate in activities that support each other, their children, wounded veterans in need, and military families within the community.

The Home Base Program serves Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and military families affected by the “invisible wounds of war” — post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury — through clinical care, community education and research.

“We are especially pleased to partner with the Home Base Program, to discuss the challenges facing returning veterans and their families,” chapter co-presidents Maureen O’Gorman and Susan Hall said in a statement. “With the wars winding down, it is important for the community to realize that our job is not over. Now, more than ever, we need to step up and support veterans and military families.”

The event is open to all in support of our military and veteran community, and offers accessible seating. RSVP by email to [email protected].

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05.04.13 – International Firefighters’ Day

Save this date!  May 4, 2012 and celebrate International Firefighter’s Day

May 4 used to be a traditional Firefighters’ Day in many European countries, because it is the day of Saint Florian, patron saint of firefighters.

Red/Blue Ribbon

One of the most significant symbols of International Fire Fighters Day is the red and blue ribbon. This ribbon is cut precisely five centimeters long and one centimeter wide, with the two separate colors conjoined at the top. JJ Edmonson chose red and blue because the red stood for the element of fire whereas the blue would represent the element of water. IFFD_ribbonCoincidentally, red and blue are also the colors recognized world-wide to signify emergency services; therefore, red and blue being the best choice of color to recognize an international holiday. The ribbon is traditionally worn on the lapel-otherwise known as the fold of fabric on a shirt- but is not limited to that certain spot. Some people may also put it on their cars visors, hats, hang them in windows or off of car mirrors, or even hang them from trees in the their front lawn. The places this ribbon can be placed are plentiful- just be creative! The red and blue ribbon is a simple but yet effective way to show support for International Fire Fighters Day.

St. Florian

Saint Florian, the patron saint of Firefighters, is also another symbolic element to International Fire Fighters Day. St. Florian was a patron from Noricum, Rome in three Saint-Florian-Crosshundred A.D., who was said to be one of the first commanding fire fighters of an actual battalion. As legend states, St.Florian saved an entire village engulfed in flames using just a single bucket of water. Legend also states, because of this act St.Florian is known as the protector of those who have come in danger of fire. The duties St. Florian performed for his province are the same duties that fire fighters around the world perform everyday-with the same dedication and braveries. On May 4, St. Florian is globally recognized and honored and is also known as the day of St.Florian. Therefore, International Fire Fighters Day was chosen to be honored on May 4 in honor of the saint. stands behind and beside our women and men firefighters.

Everyday Heroes

American Valor –


American Valor Links (links will open a new window at

Valor is a gift. Those having it never know for sure if they have it till the test comes. And those having it in one test never know for sure if they will have it when the next test comes.”

                                                                                                                             – Carl Sandburg


Note: I am not sure this series will run again or when if it does, but the information found on the links above is timeless and well worth the read.

Thank you!




Our Mission

Veterans Green Jobs’ mission is to engage, transition and connect military veterans with meaningful employment opportunities that serve our communities and environment.

Our Vision

The vision of Veterans Green Jobs is that all military veterans will obtain meaningful employment in jobs that offer:

  • The security of sustainable income for themselves and their families
  • The opportunity for professional advancement
  • A sense of personal fulfillment and purpose
  • Encouragement and support in being valued leaders and contributors in their chosen fields

Veterans Green Jobs is dedicated to helping all veterans transition into successful career paths by focusing on opportunities in stable economic sectors related to, for example:

  • Environmental restoration, natural resources conservation and sustainability
  • Clean energy and renewable energy and related technologies
  • Energy efficiency and energy conservation
  • Energy independence and energy security

Our Values

As a company and as individuals, we value integrity, personal excellence, innovation, mutual respect and collaboration. We are committed to veterans and the communities we serve, and to those who share our passion for a greener, more economically viable and sustainable future. We take pride in our partners and employees who work hard to make this mission-oriented organization a success by honoring their contributions, experiences and strengths every day. We value realistic goal-setting, and we leverage our compassion for people and the environment to make our work meaningful with lasting impact.

Wildland Firefighting

Seasonal Employment to Equip Veterans for Firefighting Careers

Veterans Green Jobs’ wildland firefighting program offers seasonal employment opportunities that help put veterans on a career path with state and federal resource and land management agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, State Parks and the national parks system.

With programs in several western U.S. states, we engage veterans in wildland firefighting projects by providing hands-on experience in fire mitigation on public lands. Veterans earn certifications and experience that could lead to future employment in wildland firefighting and related fields.

Crews may include both veterans and non-veterans — and all offer the opportunity for veterans to connect with other former servicemen and women while spending time in the beautiful outdoors and our western landscape.

“There’s a certain structure with fire services that gives me a direction to go.
I like being outside, doing labor and working with others.”

– Sarah Castaneda, Veteran of the U.S. Army

Getting Started

The Warrior Spirit

For Derrick Charpentier, the “big selling point” of Veterans Green Jobs’ program was the outdoor experience. “It’s nice to get away from email and TV for a few weeks and reconnect with the wilderness and nature. We live in the only world we’ll ever get; I’m more committed now than ever to getting the forest back to its natural pristine condition.”

Derrick first launched into trail operations on the Archuleta Trail in the wilderness of Rio Grande National Forest, followed by a week of chainsaw training at Ice Cave Ridge in San Juan National Forest. He received a number of certifications in just six months, including S-212 Wildland Fire Chain Saw certification through Colorado Firecamp, and the S-130/S-190 wildland fire training required of all firefighters before they can work on the firelines. He was also trained in wilderness first aid and CPR.

Derrick’s experience through Veterans Green Jobs has paid off in ways he hadn’t imagined before. He was hired to join Dinosaur National Park’s Engine Crew for wildland firefighting on a seasonal basis. Today, he has a job as a wildland firefighter for the Bureau of Land Management. Read the full story.


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