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

Upcoming Stand Downs (US)

Stand Downs

Stand Downs are just one part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ efforts to provide services to homeless Veterans. Stand Downs are typically one to three day events providing services to homeless Veterans such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services, such as health care, housing, employment, and substance use treatment. Stand Downs are collaborative events, coordinated between local VAs, other government agencies, and community agencies serving the homeless.

Date # of Days Location Contact Phone Number
June 7, 2013 1 Tampa, FL Harry McCurdy 813-610-5879
June 8, 2013 1 Amarillo, TX Michael T. Serpa 806-355-9703
June 13-14, 2013 2 Kalispell, ID Sean O’Neil 918-734-0739
June 14, 2013 1 Tucson, AZ Mark Jensen 520-792-1450 ext. 5559
June 14-15, 2013 2 Klamath Falls, OR Tammi Deforrest 701-616-5368
June 15, 2013 1 Sand Point, ID John Davis 509-462-2500 ext. 4001
June 15, 2013 1 Bozeman, MT James Korth 406-582-9224
June 21-22, 2013 1 Chicago, IL Jeanne Douglas 708-383-3225
June 27, 2013 1 Coer d’ Alene, ID John Davis 509-462-2500 ext. 4001
June, 2013 1 Shawnee, OK Mary Culley 405-456-3876
July 19, 2013 1 Dayton, OH Omar Varise 937-268-6511 ext. 7589
July 19, 2013 1 Long Beach, CA Charlie Lonon 562-826-5373
July 27, 2013 1 Atlanta, GA Tammy James 404-321-6111 ext. 7436
July 27, 2013 1 Coer d’ Alene, ID John Davis 509-462-2500 ext. 4001
August 6-7, 2013 2 Minneapolis, MN Jonelle Glubke 612-313-3246
August 14, 2013 1 Vancouver, WA Joseph Fettig 503-819-8055
August 16, 2013 1 Dayton, OH Omar Varise 937-268-6511 ext. 7589
August 22, 2013 1 Memphis, TN Ovul Ince 901-523-8990
August 22-24, 2013 3 Marysville, CA Deborah Bruner 530-921-0765
August 23-24, 2013 2 Dorchester, MA Rebecca Faherty 617-839-5307
August 24, 2013 1 Jacksonville, FL D. Raul Patton 904-396-8755
August 2013 1 Browning, MT Kathy Momberg 406-338-2111
September 1-3, 2013 3 Nashville, TN Dan Helm 615-873-6037
September 6, 2013 1 Helena, MT Terry Stephens 406-447-6045
September 10, 2013 1 Akron, OH David Effron 330-724-7715
September 12, 2013 1 Asheville, NC Allison Bond 828-298-7911 ext. 5506
September 12-15, 2013 3 Des Moines, IA Kimberly Neal 515-699-5999 ext. 4036
September 13, 2013 1 Houston, TX Jeri Gates 281-808-1175
September 14, 2013 1 Poplar, MT Dan Hutchinson 406-653-6326
September 14, 2013 1 Hamilton, MT Daniel Mayer 406-360-5435
September 14, 2013 1 Knoxville, TN Joan LePage 423-926-1171 ext. 7910
September 19-21, 2013 2 Rock Island, IL Sarah E. Oliver 309-786-1614
September 20, 2013 1 Dayton, OH Edith Darden 937-268-6511 ext. 2463
September 20-22, 2013 3 Cumberland, RI Bill Carr 401-273-7100 ext. 1673
September 21, 2013 1 Milwaukee, WI Barbara Gilbert 414-342-2224
September 21-22, 2013 2 Colville, WA John Davis 509-462-2500 ext. 4001
September 21-23, 2013 3 Compton, CA Charlie Lonon 562-826-5373
September 24, 2013 1 Aberdeen, SD Pat Moore 605-940-9852
September 26-27, 2013 2 Montgomery, AL Tyrinda S. Caver 334-558-8602
September 26-28, 2013 3 Great Falls, MT Rodger McConnell 406-799-6709
September 27, 2013 1 Alexandria, LA Rena Powell 318-466-2773
September 27, 2013 1 Ft. Walton Beach, FL Sally Eddins 850-217-0054
September 27, 2013 1 Salem, OR Rosy Macias 503-362-9911
September 27-28, 2013 2 Wenatchee, WA John Davis 509-462-2500 ext. 4001
September 27-29, 2013 3 Tustin, CA Charlie Lonon 562-826-5373
September 28, 2013 1 West Palm Beach, FL Maria Cabrea 561-422-8223
September 28, 2013 1 Latham, NY Donna Vaughn 518-626-5150
October 4, 2013 1 Dover, DE Elizabeth A. Byers-Jiron 302-349-4898
October 4, 2013 1 Springfield, MA Luz Marcano 413-731-6000 ext. 6114
October 4-6, 2013 3 Ferndale, CA Kermit Thobaben 707-822-1624
October 5-6, 2013 2 Libby, MT John Davis 509-462-2500 ext. 4001
October 9-10, 2013 2 Detroit, MI Linda Jones 313-576-3870
October 11, 2013 1 Mountain Home, TN Joan LePage 423-926-1171 ext. 7910
October 12, 2013 1 Moses Lake, WA John Davis 509-462-2500 ext. 4001
October 12-14, 2013 3 Nashville, TN Dan Helm 615-873-6037
October 15, 2013 1 Columbus, OH Carl Landry 614-257-5206
October 17, 2013 1 Mobile, AL Kelly Estle 251-219-3971
October 17, 2013 1 Wausau, WI Amanda Kalis 608-372-3971 ext. 66452
October 17, 2013 1 Lexington, KY Elisha Kiefer 859-233-4511 ext. 3
October 19, 2013 1 Troutdale, OR Jeremy Hov 360-696-4081 ext. 31274
October 19, 2013 1 Augusta, ME Greg Skillman 207-623-8411 ext. 5408
October 19, 2013 1 Santa Maria, CA Jorge Rodriguez 805-905-9476
October 25, 2013 1 Greenville, NC Melinda Gates 252-830-2149 ext.3224
October 26, 2013 1 Yakima, WA Ron Opsa 509-574-5200
October 26, 2013 1 Atlanta, GA April M. Edwards 404-321-6111 ext. 2412
October, 2013 1 Oklahoma City, OK Mary Culley 405-456-3876
October, 2013 1 Billings, MT Meridith Cox 406-256-3322
November 1, 2013 1 Columbia, SC Travis Thomas 803-776-4000 ext. 7695
November, 2013 1 Billings, MT Meridith Cox 406-256-3322
TBD, 2013 1 Rapid City, SD Clint Olive 605-890-2533
TBD, 2013 1 New Castle, WY Clint Olive 605-890-2533
TBD, 2013 1 Lemmon, SD Clint Olive 605-890-2533
TBD, 2013 1 Kyle, SD Clint Olive 605-890-2533
TBD, 2013 1 Kennebec, SD Clint Olive 605-890-2533

Act of valor led to medals, awards

Act of valor led to medals, awards

By Danielle McLean
Maynard —

Robert R. Lee, nicknamed the “The General,” served two tours in the Vietnam War as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army and part of the Army’s elite 11th Armored Calvary Regiment, known as the Black Horse Troopers, between 1968 and 1971. In his first tour he was part of the Army’s M-48 A3 Tank force and in the second, was a helicopter door gunner.

He has earned several prestigious medals including a Purple Heart, a Silver Star, a Bronze Star with valor, an Army Accommodation Medal with valor, and numerous Air Medal Awards. He was a member of the Army Reserves for seven years after his time in Vietnam.
Lee has lived in Maynard for 40 years with his wife Angela Lee Cossette, working for the Digital Equipment Corporation for 20 years and then the U.S. Postal Service before retiring in 2008. He is still an active charter member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 116 out of Leominster.

What prompted you to enlist into the army?

 I originally got drafted. Then I was told I would stay home for another six months, so I changed my draft into an enlistment. That made it so for one extra year I could get specialty training instead of infantry training. Back in those days when you are 19 you are thinking, “I think I would rather be on a tank than an infantry soldier.” What did I know? Plus somebody mentioned going to Germany where all the girls are, so at 19 I enlisted for an extra year to make it three years and to get specialized training for armor.

What was the story behind your awards? What do they mean to you?

The Silver Star has always been something that has always meant a little extra to me, mainly because that day will always live in my memory as the day I probably should have got kicked in the butt instead of being pinned on a Silver Star.

Editor’s note: the Silver Star Medal is the third highest award for bravery in the U.S. military.

I did some things that I wasn’t sure I was capable of doing, but I knew I had to do and the outcome was the award. I was on an M-48 A3 tank and we were taking fire from both sides of us. Our tank got hit by a rocket propelled grenade and before I knew it the tank commander was down and severely wounded. Everyone was trying to communicate and we had our radios blown out by a rocket-propelled grenade.

I grabbed my personal weapon and I got help. While I was running to the next tank to let them know we’d been hit I stumbled onto an [enemy] bunker complex that was right in front of me. I decided to start shooting into it.

As the story goes, the guys in the helicopter were watching me with a set of binoculars saying, ‘who is that idiot playing John Wayne?’ For many years I tried to not play that in my mind because I know lots of people that got shot up and wounded that day, including myself. But then I came to the determination that it is something I should be proud of and I am proud of. So I decided to start talking about it and I found that talking about it brought me to a different place in my life.

We all love our country and we all love our brothers and each year around this time on Memorial Day we all remember the ones that didn’t come back.

Can you describe the bond you share with your fellow Vietnam veterans?

The bond is unbelievable. Yearly, we do a major reunion, last year in Orlando. We are all in our mid-60’s now and not a lot of them wanted to go to Orlando, but 1,200 of us showed up there to have dinner together and break bread and remember those that didn’t come back.

The reunion comes up once a year, this year it will be in Indianapolis. But we’ve been in all the major cities across the states. We’ve had 37 actual reunions and it took about 15 years for the thing to get going. Then 15 years later a lot of people still didn’t want to get back into reunion mode, but little by little a couple of guys, then a couple other guys come and are honored. We have guest speakers and we get together and have our time together. We are united.

How important is it for people to think about and honor our veterans?

I hope people don’t forget the sacrifice that these men make. I know I won’t.

How important is it for veterans like yourself to fight and stand up for this country?

In my mind it will always be America first and love of life and the freedom that we share because of all those guys and it will just always go on. The day I don’t see a Memorial Day parade, I hope I’m not here.

Ice, Ice Rocky! v. 2014

The 2014 Dunk! Ice, Ice Rocky!

Rockwell “Rocky” Pond has taken his post on the pond once again this winter. As legend has it, the pond was named after him many years ago.

Ralph Sacramone and Dick Roberge are pictured hanging out with Rocky on Rockwell Pond recently

Ralph Sacramone and Dick Roberge are pictured hanging out with Rocky on Rockwell Pond recently

Ralph Sacramone and Bob Bray assigned Rocky to his post at 2:05 p.m. on Jan. 9, where he is scheduled to remain until he falls through the ice. When that happens the Leominster Emergency Management Volunteers will rescue him and Spring will not be too far away.

This contest is a 50/50 fundraiser to support veteran’s organization programs, which benefit local veterans and their families ~ including scholarship to local students; Boy Scout projects; Boy’s and Girl’s State; the distribution of Christmas meals to home bound veterans and their families; Ginny’s Thrift Shop veterans; Canines for Combat Veterans; Veterans Homestead; Veterans Training and Rehabilitation Center; and more.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.letvets.org or stop by the Leominster Veterans Center, 100 West St.

Ice Out Contest Rules for 2014 <—- clicky

ICE OUT Contest Tickets for 2014 <—- clicky  (print your tickets here)

Entry deadline is 3 p.m. Saturday, March 2, or prior to Rocky falling though the ice.

This annual event is sponsored by the Leominster Veterans Memorial Center (LVMC) Inc., a nonprofit organization made up of the Amvets, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The Legend Of Private Rockwell “Rocky” Pond

Private Rockwell “Rocky”  Pond hails from Leominster Ma.

Where he lived on the third floor of 98 West Street, which is now the Leominster Senior Center parking lot. Rocky attended Saxon Trade School and specialized in metal works. Like many lads his age he only made it to the middle of his senior year when he volunteered for service during the Korean War. While in Korea he fought in many battles to include the Chosen Reservoir. Private “Rocky” once spent three long winter months on the ice at Chosen Reservoir fighting the enemy and fighting the bitter cold. During his third month, as spring neared, the ice began to thaw and Private Rockwell Pond fell thru the ice but was saved by his fellow soldiers.

After the war Rocky returned home to Leominster and found employment at Leominster Ice Company where he worked for many years. Rocky’s favorite past time has always been fishing including ice fishing. It was the middle of March 1954 while he was ice fishing on the pond off of West Street and a group of kids were skating near by, when one of them fell thru the ice. Without any hesitation Rocky raced over to where the youngster went down, searched under the ice till he found him and pulled him to safety.

As a result of his heroic action the City of Leominster renamed the pond off of West Street to “Rockwell Pond” in his honor.

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