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.

Helmets to Hardhats

Making a successful transition from the military into the civilian workforce can be difficult. Transitioning military veterans face the same challenges as any other job hunter – getting their résumé to the right people, learning how to sell themselves, tracking down promising leads, following-up with employers, headhunters, job placement agencies… etc. Not many people are comfortable with this process and veterans have the added stress of trying to translate the skills they learned in the military into language that civilian employers can understand. The process can feel overwhelming, especially if it seems like meaningful help is unavailable.

Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) was formed for this reason and is dedicated to helping National Guard, Reserve, retired and transitioning active-duty military members connect to quality career and training opportunities in one of America’s most challenging and rewarding industries – the construction industry.

To participate in H2H, simply visit the program’s Web site at www.helmetstohardhats.org and click the “Get Started” button to create and activate your profile. Once your profile is activated, you can browse hundreds of career and training opportunities and forward your profile to career providers electronically from the H2H site. If you have questions about a career in the Trades; don’t see the career you’re interested in or have questions about the application process, call us at 866.741.6210.

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].

Chase Bank – Community Giving

 

Twelve days left. Nominate now!

(chase bank/credit card customers only)

$5 Million will be shared by local charities–nominate your favorites today!

Here is a great chance to nominate any one of the charities that firebase116.org supports.  Charities like:

  • Veteran Homestead, in Fitchburg. http://www.veteranhomestead.org/
  • New England Center for Homeless Veterans, in Boston. http://nechv.org/
  • Veteran Tickets Foundation –  http://www.vettix.org/

These are three wonderful organizations that support our Sister and Brother Veterans that I am only suggesting.  There are other great charities that you can nominate feel free to nominate the charities that you would like to see share $5,000,000.  Nominate as many charities as you would like!

You Decide What Matters

The Power of Giving is in Your Hands!

We want to donate $5 million to local charities across the country—but we need your help! Here’s how it will work:

Nominations: June 12, 2012 – July 9, 2012*

First we need to find out which charities mean the most to you. That’s where you’ve got an amazing opportunity to make your voice heard. Starting June 12, 2012, we need you, our customers and employees, to tell us which local charities you want to have a chance to share in the grants. Find out more about nominating a charity.

Voting: September 6 – 19, 2012*

Then, we’ll move to a voting phase. Chase customers will get to vote for their favorite charities in 2 places. First vote here, and then again on Facebook. That means you’ll have an even bigger voice in helping to decide where the grants go. The charities with the most votes will share in $5 million in grants from Chase!

Nominate your favorite charities now.

To keep up-to-date with the program, don’t forget to visit us on Facebook.

*Nominations will end on July 9, 2012 at 11:59:59 PM, ET. Voting will end September 19, 2012 at 11:59:59 PM, ET.

There are a few organizations that we support here on firebase116.org.  You can nominate any one or more that you like. ie. Veteran Homestead, VetTix, NE Center for Homeless Vets, VOTE AND VOTE OFTEN!

VA Caregiver Support

Caregiver Services

VA offers a number of services that can provide you with the support that’s right for you. Whether you and the Veteran you care for could use some help at home or you just need someone to listen, we’re here to support you.

New Benefits for Family Caregivers of Post-9/11 Veterans

New Services for Family Caregivers of Post-9/11 Veterans

If you are the Family Caregiver of a Veteran who was injured post-9/11, you may be eligible for additional services through VA, including a stipend, comprehensive training and medical coverage through VA if you are not already covered by a plan. Follow the link to learn more about the newest services and to see if you are currently eligible.

Caregiver Support Questions?

Have questions about VA Caregiver Support Services? Contact VA’s Caregiver Support Line:

Support Line! 1-855-260-3274

(1-855-260-3274) or your local Caregiver Support Coordinator for assistance.