Work Vessels for Veterans (WVFV)

Work Vessels for Veterans (WVFV) is an all-volunteer movement assisting returning veterans to begin their civilian careers or educational pursuits by acquiring and distributing the necessary start-up tools. Founded with the gift of a fishing boat that began a commercial fishing career for a returning Iraq veteran, the foundation is expanding its outreach to other industries to assist our returning military.

Our model is unique and based on a sustainable, “pay-it-forward” dynamic. We support veteran entrepreneurs so they can establish businesses that thrive, so they can then hire more veterans creating quality jobs and career opportunities. Once the new business is profitable, WVFV becomes a beneficiary through contributions back into the organization including “gifts in kind.”

When we all actively help build and support veteran-owned businesses that hire other vets, then contribute to the model so even more entrepreneurs can succeed – the result is ongoing, long-lasting economic success and personal happiness – stronger families and stronger communities.

WVFV is currently developing relationships in many industry sectors to secure necessary products for distribution. All donations of products or services are directly distributed to veterans and all financial contributions are used to acquire, prepare or enhance those items to be gifted.

If you’re a veteran – thank you for your service! And welcome to our website and to our team. We’re here to help you continue your mission of service alongside ours.


2011 VVA Scholarship Award


Veterans, the public, and citizens are invited to join with the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) for the presentation of the 2012 Vietnam Veterans of America Scholarships. The ceremony will be held at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, July 10, at the new location of the Vietnam Memorial at Carter Park in Leominster. Mrs. Helen Hill, Gold Star Mother, will present scholarships to the sons and daughters of Vietnam veteran and one student from Leominster High School. All are attending college. Following the short program, there will be refreshments at the Leominster Veteran Center, 100 West Street.

Dan Joseph, Scholarship Committee chairman and Treasurer of the Vietnam Veterans of America, said the Vietnam Veterans of America, has, for 29 years, presented more that $115,000 for higher education to sons and daughters of VVA members. This successful annual project is the longest running project for VVA 116.

The Vietnam Veterans of America Scholarship is awarded annually to recognize, encourage, and contribute to the higher education of qualified VVA 116 members children. The Scholarship is presented to honor members of VVA who have devoted their energies in effecting positive change on behalf of all Americans. As a tribute to their continued service and to those who have lost their lives, this Scholarship program is in keeping with the spirit of VVA’s motto: IN SERVICE TO AMERICA.

VVA’s ambitious agenda has always aimed to find creative, pragmatic solutions to the programmatic concerns of Vietnam-era veterans, their families, and the community.

For more information go to our web site:, or contact Richard Earley, President VVA 116 at: rsail1 @

Make the Connection is a public awareness campaign by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that connects Veterans and their friends and families with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their health, well-being, and everyday lives. The campaign encourages Veterans and their families to “make the connection” — with information and resources, with the strength and resilience of Veterans like themselves, and with available resources of support. The success of Make the Connection depends on support from everyone who interacts with Veterans: community members around the country, Veteran Service Organizations, community-based groups, and health care providers who have direct contact with Veterans every day. Download, print, and share these Make the Connection information cards to spread the word about this useful resource for Veterans and their loved ones.
If you have any questions, please contact Koby South at: [email protected].

Massachusetts Stand Down for Homeless Veterans

Massachusetts Stand Down for Homeless Veterans


Massachusetts Stand Down is a two-day event that provides veterans or veterans at risk of becoming homeless. Volunteers of America Massachusetts is the lead agency for Stand Down and co-hosts it with the Department of Veterans Affairs. For the second year, the IBEW Local 103 in Dorchester is providing location for the event.


August 24 – 25, 2012
IBEW Local 103
256 Freeport St., Dorchester, MA

Free Services at Stand Down 2012 Include:
• Food
• Clothing
• Veterans Affairs Benefits
• VA Boston Healthcare Registration
• Medical Services
• Eye Glasses
• Mental Health Counseling
• Housing Services
• Oral Health and Dental Screening
• Employment Services
• Legal Assistance
• Haircuts
• Social Security Administration (SSI/SSDI)
• RMV – Mass. ID Cards and License Renewals
• Mass Health
• Social Work Services
• Internal Revenue Service
• Foot Care
*This is a partial list of services provided

Volunteers of America Massachusetts continues to provide critical services to homeless veterans while expanding the reach to veterans who are also at-risk and in need of help.

For more information on participating in Stand Down as a veteran or provider please contact:
Guy Simmons, Volunteers of America Massachusetts
[email protected]

For more information on volunteering at Stand Down 2012 please contact:
Lindsey Ferris, Volunteers of America Massachusetts
[email protected]