Veteran Homestead’s MISSION POSSIBLE

VHI Oct postcard front

 

   
When:   
 Sunday, 4 October 2015
Where:
Great Wolf Lodge
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Time:
4 PM – 7 PM
Cash bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres
and silent auction

Please attend this inspirational early evening of cocktails,
hors d’oeuvres, music and silent auction. All to help support Veteran Homestead’s effort to transition soldiers back to civilian life, so they can reclaim their lives and revitalize their futures.
$10 minimum donation at the door
For more information and to RSVP, please contact:
Cindy Correll
[email protected]
978-353-0234
Proceeds from this event will benefit Veteran Homestead, Inc., an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Central Massachusetts that has been providing housing and care to U.S. Armed Services Veterans since 1993 who are disabled from wars past and present.Created by a veteran and staffed with experts who share the compassion and commitment to treat and accommodate wounded heroes in their transition to civilian life, Veteran Homestead, Inc., operates six unique programs located in Fitchburg, Leominster, and Gardner, Massachusetts, Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire, and Caguas, Puerto Rico.

 

 

For more information about Veteran Homestead, Inc., please visit:

Red Sox Foundation and MGH – Ride For Our Heroes 9.22.12

Red Sox Foundation & MGH – Ride For Our Heroes 9.22.12

A True Motorcycle Enthusiast Event!

New England-area motorcycle enthusiasts are kick-starting their bikes and riding in the 2012 Ride for Our Heroes on Saturday, September 22. The Ride for Our Heroes is a true motorcycle enthusiast event honoring our nation’s service members, veterans and their families, while raising vital funds for the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program.

Riders are encouraged to make fundraising for the Home Base Program an important part of their event participation. Prizes will be awarded for reaching fundraising goals. Every dollar helps to make a difference in the lives of New England veterans and their families.

The Ride features three starting points from locations throughout New England and will kick-off with an opening ceremony and acknowledgement of local military heroes. The Ride concludes with the WZLX Ride for Our Heroes Party at Fort Devens in Devens, MA.

 

Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program
165 Cambridge Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114
617-726-2200 | [email protected]

National Guardsman vs. Peace-Loving Landlady

Guardsman, peace-loving landlady are at odds over apartment rental

By Laurel J. Sweet
Monday, June 4, 2012 – Updated 36 minutes ago
A National Guardsman who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay has sued a woman he tried to rent from, after she told him his war service and her peace activism presented a “conflict of interests” and suggested he seek housing elsewhere — though the Dorchester landlady insists his veteran status “would not impede his chances to rent from us.”

Sgt. Joel Morgan, 29, said the two-bedroom $1,220-a-month Savin Hill apartment that property owner Janice Roberts, 63, showed him in April was perfect. But he claims Roberts told him in an April 9 voicemail that renting to him would be a conflict, saying, “We are very adamant about our beliefs.”

“It just is not going to be comfortable for us without a doubt. It probably would be better for you to look for a place that is a little bit less politically active and controversial,” Roberts told Morgan, according to his complaint. The voicemail was played for the Herald during an interview with Morgan last week at the Boston office of his lawyer, Joseph L. Sulman.

“For her to do that to me, it was like a spit in the face,” Morgan said. “For what we have gone through overseas, to come home to our country and have people … discriminate against us. … It made me extremely insecure about being a soldier.” Morgan filed suit last week in Suffolk Superior Court, accusing Roberts of violating a state law that prohibits landlords from refusing to rent to veterans.

“It’s illegal,” Sulman said, “but also just unconscionable. It’s something any American should be embarrassed about.”

Roberts told the Herald that Morgan was one of 30 people who inquired about the apartment. “We had to choose somebody,” she said, declining to take further questions. But she authorized Sulman to release to the Herald a 16-page “response” she sent the lawyer dated May 23, in which she stated Morgan never filled out a rental application. Morgan said he took a rental form but decided not to return it after hearing her voicemail. She also cited questions about his ability to pay the rent, what roommates he would have, whether he had issues with a prior landlord, and whether he had been racially insensitive when he mentioned a noise complaint he had with his prior neighbors, who were black. Morgan denied any racist intent in the remark.

Roberts wrote she has belonged to a civil-rights group called Garden of Enlightenment since 2000, adding, “This bodes the question, ‘Why would someone like Joel Morgan, who apparently fought so valiantly in wars in which he believed, want to even choose to subject himself to renting an apartment from people — like myself — who were so vigorously seeking an end to the Iraq War??’

“There was never any mention to Morgan that his being a veteran would impede his chances to rent from us. If anything, he was a victim of U.S. greed, and for that, I feel much empathy.”

A Milton native and divorced father of a 19-month-old son, Morgan said he served at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2003; as well as combat tours in Iraq in 2007 and 2008; and in Afghanistan last year.

Morgan said he is studying criminal justice at Quincy College and recently took the civil service exam, hoping to become a Boston firefighter.

“Almost every time I’m in uniform and I walk past a child, they salute,” Morgan said, smiling.

His interaction with the landlady, he said, “didn’t take away my pride of being a soldier for the United States. I’ll hold onto that until I die.”
-— [email protected]

USO – Having Our Troop’s Backs Since 1941

The USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families. 

USO Lifting the Spirits of Our Troops Since 1941Millions of times each year at hundreds of locations around the world, the USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families.  A nonprofit, congressionally chartered, private organization, the USO relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations to support its activities. The USO is not part of the U.S. government, but is recognized by the Department of Defense, Congress and President of the United States, who serves as Honorary Chairman of the USO.

Firebase116.org proudly supports and salutes The USO for all they have done for ALL Veterans and their families…since 1941.  Thanks USO!  Please consider donating to and supporting the USO.