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: [email protected]

Home Depot Foundation

Serving Those Who Served Us All

Our nation’s veterans bravely served our country and made great sacrifices to do so.  While serving, the skills and leadership qualities they learn make them valuable assets to communities and businesses. However, veterans and their families can also face major challenges, including housing, unemployment or disabilities.

Our pledge is to ensure that every veteran has a safe place to call home, and we are committing $30 million over three years to the effort. In addition, our associates are committing their own time and talents to make a difference for veterans in local communities.

The Challenges

Statistics show that many veterans face severe housing needs sometimes because of a disability from combat injuries or because they’ve been particularly hard hit by the economy and sometimes because they simply can’t find affordable housing.

  • An aging population: 9 million veterans are senior citizens, many of whom live on fixed incomes
  • Disabilities: From 2001-2008, the number of disabled veterans increased 25 percent to 2.9 million.
  • Low Incomes: More than 4.3 million veterans have a combined family income of under $20,000.
  • Homelessness: Statistics show that veterans are twice as likely to be homeless than those who haven’t served. Veterans represent 8% of the general population, yet they form 16% of the homeless population.

The Opportunities

 The skills learned in the Armed Forces are often directly applicable in the workplace, making veterans highly educated and trained employees for businesses. We know that firsthand — more than 35,000 of The Home Depot’s associates are veterans.

  • Leadership & Work Ethic: Proven leadership skills, honed in the most challenging operational environments.
  • Top Skills: 92% of active duty military in the United States use computers at their places of duty and 40% of military personnel have job assignments that involve information resource management; 60% of the enlisted personnel can program in at least one computer language.
  • Education Level: Almost 33% of young veterans have an associate or bachelor’s degree, compared to 27% of young non-veterans.

Download the 2012 Home Depot Information Sheet (Adobe .pdf)

 

7.10.12 – FOUR VVA SCHOLARSHIPS TO BE AWARDED

2011 VVA Scholarship Award

FOUR VVA SCHOLARSHIPS TO BE AWARDED

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: firebase116.org, or contact Richard Earley, President VVA 116 at: rsail1 @ hotmail.com

MakeTheConnection.net

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].

Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program

Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program

The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program provides clinical care and support services to New England-area Service Members, Veterans and families affected by combat or deployment-related stress or traumatic brain injury. We offer clinical and community education on these “invisible wounds of war” and conduct research in the understanding and treatment of post traumatic stress (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury.

The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program is the first program of its kind in the nation.  The Home Base Program:

Phone: (617) 724-5202

 

  • http://www.massgeneral.org/
  • http://www.redsoxfoundation.org/
  • http://www.homebaseprogram.org/