Veteran Homestead

I WILL ALWAYS PLACE THE MISSION FIRST.

I WILL NEVER ACCEPT DEFEAT.

I WILL NEVER QUIT.

I WILL NEVER LEAVE A FALLEN COMRADE.

Veteran Homestead, Inc. is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Fitchburg, MA.   The organization was founded by CEO Leslie Lightfoot in 1993 in Leominster, MA.   It has since expanded into various facilities in New England and Puerto Rico.   Our mission is to provide medical, psychological, and spiritual care to Veterans who are diagnosed with a terminal illness, elderly, disabled, or otherwise in need.   We provide these services without regard to race, religion, or sexual orientation.   All of our programs are drug and alcohol free and every effort is made to help those seeking abstinence. 

Please take a moment and visit the Veteran Homestead webpage.Veteran Homestead  It is very impressive to see the work and progress that Leslie and her staff have accomplished.   You can get to Veteran’s Homestead by clicking on the American Flag graphic above or by clicking here: http://www.veteranhomestead.org/

Northeast Veteran Training Rehabilitation Center

Hope for the future is what the Northeast Veteran Training Rehabilitation Center (NVTRC) is all about. The loss of a limb, a disfiguring burn, a traumatic brain injury, or an emotional scar due to post-traumatic stress are all life changing events that affect both the Veteran and his or her family. The idea of not being a whole person or having your loved ones perceive you as someone much different than you were can leave emotional and psychological scars that dwarf the physical. Our focus will be on education, physical, occupational, and emotional therapy with an emphasis on family counseling along with the life and recreational skills that are so often taken for granted. The NVTRC will address rehabilitation and community reintegration, restoring the whole person to a life in which he or she can live and interact with friends and family in a healthier and more functional manner. Some of the highlights of the NVTRC program are:

  •  Tuition & fees at Mount Wachusett Community College  (MWCC) at no cost to the veteran or their spouse. (VA   benefits and scholarships will be used if available)
  • Physical, occupational, and massage therapy
  • Fitness center, and other MWCC facilities available to the Veteran and their family at no cost
  • Assistance with Child Care services
  • Focus on individual capabilities to maximize potential and aid in successful community reintegration
  • Recreational skill development through various sports, activities, and projects
  • Refinement of all daily living skills in order to achieve
  • Strengthen family bonds through individual & family therapy

The NVTRC is situated on ten acres donated by Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) in Gardner, Massachusetts. There is an indoor swimming pool, jogging track, weight/exercise room, gymnasium, trout pond, and a variety of other amenities designed to prepare the residents for a life in which his or her disability will be less of a burden. These services would be both difficult and expensive to provide if not for our partnership with the College. All of these facilities are in place at MWCC and their departments of physical therapy and human services will be invaluable in providing the therapists necessary for the project. The onsite Therapy Center has a therapy pool and spa, a Wii/exercise room, a PT/Massage therapy room, a common area and a small business office. The clients are housed in separate units located on the NVTRC grounds. These housing units are approximately 1200 sq ft with two bedrooms, one bathroom, a kitchen, and living/dining room and are fully handicapped accessible. This arrangement will allow the clients to practice their daily living skills and provide privacy for both the Veteran and his or her family.

The Veteran is a unique type of client. These men and women have been trained to overcome adversity, to trust their leaders as well as the men and women who fight beside them. Their warrior mentality, confidence, and dedication will be powerful weapons against the depression, anxiety, and emotional turmoil that will be their constant enemy. The success that will follow will be a victory for all, as each Veteran takes pride in their accomplishments.

When you review Veteran Homestead’s experience and history of success in serving the Veteran community, the excellent educational opportunities available at Mount Wachusett Community College, what you shall see is an outstanding facility serving our nation’s heroes that cannot be matched anywhere else in the country. We also strongly believe that this program can and should be duplicated in other states. Coming from a state that has lead the way in Veteran care, this is certainly a possibility that we are more than willing to promote. Through compassion, care, and achievement, we are putting the words “support our troops” into action.

Northeast Veteran Training Rehabilitation Center is just one of six locations!  See below

The Hero Homestead

The Hero Homestead – Leominster, MA

Armistice Homestead

Armistice Homestead – Leominster, MA

The Victory Farm - New Hampshire

The Victory Farm – New Hampshire

 

 

 

 

 

Hacienda de Veteranos - Caguas, Puerto Rico

Hacienda de Veteranos – Caguas, Puerto Rico

 

 

 

 

 

Veteran Hospice Homestead - Fitchburg, MA

Veteran Hospice Homestead – Fitchburg, MA

Veteran Homestead - Benefit Wines

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USO – Having Our Troop’s Backs Since 1941

The USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families. 

USO Lifting the Spirits of Our Troops Since 1941Millions of times each year at hundreds of locations around the world, the USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families.  A nonprofit, congressionally chartered, private organization, the USO relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations to support its activities. The USO is not part of the U.S. government, but is recognized by the Department of Defense, Congress and President of the United States, who serves as Honorary Chairman of the USO.

Firebase116.org proudly supports and salutes The USO for all they have done for ALL Veterans and their families…since 1941.  Thanks USO!  Please consider donating to and supporting the USO.

My Dad and Mesothelioma

I was contacted today via email about linking to www.MesotheliomaSymptoms.com.  I am very aware of the health issues Veterans have to deal with, Agent Orange, PTSD, various cancers, diabetes…the list could go on for pages. (Please see the MesotheliomaSymptoms.com site for more information about Mesothelioma (asbestos) cancer.)  Link to follow…

Just seeing the word Mesothelioma brought back memories of a real Hero that I knew.  My Dad.  He was a “Pipe Fitter” on a Tin Can.USS Hyman DD-732

That Tin Can was The USS Hyman DD-732 .  The Hyman with Dad, went to Iwo Jima and proceeded to blast the hell out of that piece of the Pacific, with her 5″ guns, for 4 days before the Marines landed.  Dad and the Hyman crew fought off days of air and endless kamikaze attacks.  They went on to Okinawa and fought off more air attacks.  A kamikaze hit her on the main deck near the torpedo tubes and exploded.  While Dad and his boys were putting out the fires and doing the damage control, the Hyman took the liberty of sending a couple kamikazes to Davy Jones.  I talked with one of Dad’s shipmates at a reunion back in the 70’s and he told me about my Dad going over the side to pull one of his boys, that got blown off the deck, back onto the Hyman.  Under enemy fire.  Dad never told me that.  I met the man that he saved.  He told me that Dad was a Hero.  My Dad lost a dozen of his Brothers that day.A Hero

The Hyman went in for repairs and then back to San Francisco for a brief time and again sailed off to Pearl Harbor.  Getting there just in time for the Japanese surrender on August 15, 1945.  Neither the Hyman or Dad were through…they went on to receive the Japanese surrender at Kusaie and then for Japanese surrender at Pohnpei Island.  The Hyman and Dad held Pohnpei until the island’s people were safe on their own.

Dad went back to Pearl Harbor, Guam and Pohnpei for the 50th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor.  He went with a bunch of his crew from the Hyman.  Dad came home a changed man.  It took 50 years, but he forgave Japan.  Dad passed away in 2008, 83 years old.  He was a Hero that survived Pearl Harbor and survived multiple kamikaze attacks to die of Mesothelioma.

RiP Dad, (aka John (Jack) Henry Neas, Jr. USN) I’ll never forget you.  You were and will always be a Hero to me…and many others.

And to all of America’s Finest, Thank you.

The AOL Homepage For Heroes

The AOL Homepage For Heroes

AOL honors and supports our Troops.  AOL is trying to raise 1 million free minutes for our Troops to call home.  Please click the above link or the graphic below to help support AOL in their quest.