08.23-24.13 Dorchester, MA – Stand Down

Massachusetts Stand Down

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MASSACHUSETTS STAND DOWN
August 23 – 24, 2013
IBEW Local 103
256 Freeport St., Dorchester, MA

Massachusetts Stand Down is a two-day event that provides FREE SERVICES to homeless 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.

Registration Hours: Friday August 23th 8a-4p and Saturday August 24th 8a-12p

Free Services at Stand Down 2013 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

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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 contact:
Volunteers of America Massachusetts at (617) 522-8086

06.11.2013 Scholarship Night

VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA
Chapter 116
P.O. Box 294, Leominster, MA 01453

SCHOLARSHIP NIGHT

JUNE 11, 2013, 7:00 P.M.
CARTER PARK
You, your family, and guests are cordially invited to join with the Vietnam Veterans of America for the presentation of the year 2010 Vietnam Veterans of America Scholarships. The Ceremony will be followed by an informal reception at the Leominster Veterans Center, 100 West Street. The 2013 raffle winners will be drawn at this time. The Vietnam Veterans of America have presented over $100,000 for higher education to sons and daughters of VVA members.
The Vietnam Veterans of America Scholarship is awarded annually to recognize, encourage, and contribute to the higher education of qualified VVA 116 members and their 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 our motto:

IN SERVICE TO AMERICA

Finding the Calm in the Storm

As part of our ministry to veterans and their families we invite you on Sunday morning worship, July 22, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. to meet National Guard Chaplain Jeremy Pickens during our Sunday service and afterwards in a time for coffee and conversation at the Congregational Church of Christ, United Church of Christ, 583 Main Street, Leominster.

For more information call 979-537-7054.

CHAPLAIN (CPT) JEREMY T. PICKENS is currently assigned as the Battalion Chaplain of the 101st Engineer Battalion in Massachusetts National Guard and is currently serving as the Deployment Cycle Support Chaplain at the Military and Family Support Center in Wellesley MA. Prior to his current assignment he served as the 211th Military Police Battalion Chaplain for 29 months.

This assignment took him on a deployment to Iraq for 9 months. Upon his return from Iraq he started the Massachusetts Military Spiritual Strength Network, implemented resiliency weekends throughout the battalion and helped build the Massachusetts Risk Reduction Suicide Prevention Campaign.

Click the Red Balloon on the map for directions.

FOUR SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED BY VVA CHAPTER 116

FOUR SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED BY CHAPTER 116

Veterans, the public, and citizens joined with Chapter 116 of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) for the presentation of the 2012 Vietnam Veterans of America Scholarships. The ceremony was held at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, July 10, at the Vietnam Memorial at Carter Park in Leominster.  Mrs. Helen Hill, Gold Star Mother, and Dan Joseph, Scholarship Chairman, presented 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 was refreshments at the Leominster Veteran Center, 100 West Street.

Dan Joseph, Scholarship Committee chairman and Treasurer of Chapter 116, Vietnam Veterans of America, said that the VVA, has for the last 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 Chapter 116.

2012 Recipients are:

 
  • Olivia Bennett, the 2012 Legacy Award winner from Leominster High School. She will be attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute majoring in Biomedical Engineering.
 
  • Sean Toohey will continue his studies at Elms College, Chicopee, MA, majoring in History.
 
  • Jessica Simmons is a student at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, MA majoring in Human Services.
 
  • Mary Kate Simmons will be entering her senior year at Fitchburg State University majoring in Special Education.


MRS HILL AND 2012 VVA 116 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

The Vietnam Veterans of America Scholarship is awarded annually to recognize, encourage, and contribute to the higher education of qualified Chapter 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.  Many Vietnam Veterans were unable to attend college because of circumstances and the very weak nature of the GI Bill available to veterans after their service.  Also, 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.”

RECIPIENT SEAN TOOHEY READS HIS ESSAY

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 visit our web site: http://firebase116.org, or contact Richard Earley, President VVA Chapter 116 at: rsail1@hotmail.com

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.