Boston – Bedford Veterans Expo 2012

Boston/Bedford Veterans Expo 2012

All Veterans Save the Date!

On June 20, 2012, from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m., Bedford VAMC and VA Boston Healthcare System will be hosting a one-day benefit and service conference at Bunker Hill Community College.

Veterans will learn how to locate and land jobs and sign up for VA healthcare and benefits. They can attend seminars on resume writing, financial planning, learning life skills (focused on healthy family interaction) and explore ways to achieve higher education.

So, If you are a Veteran or someone you know is a Veteran, spread the word  and come see what’s new for you at the VA!

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, June 20, from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Multi-Purpose Center, Building G, 250 New Rutherford Ave., Boston MA. for a day full of information, camaraderie and fun!

You Served Us….We Honor You

Directions: http://www.bhcc.mass.edu/inside/65 or call 857-364-5934 for more information. Free Parking and accessible by the Orange Line.

Sponsored by:

Bedford VAMC; VA Boston Healthcare System; MA. Dept. of Veteran Services; Bunker Hill C.C. in conjunction with the cities of Boston, Chelsea, Everett, and Revere

 To see who will be attending,  just click the links below:

Service Agencies

Schools

Jobs/Career Services 

Life Skill Seminars

Visit ->  The Boston – Bedford Veterans Expo 2012 <-website by clicking here or on the Title.

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Remembering D-Day (in color) LIFE Magazine June 1944

Some great photographs were recently released in color by LIFE Magazine.  Please click the LIFE logo to see these great photograph.

LIFE - D-Day Color PhotosIt’s no mystery why images of unremitting violence spring to mind when one hears the deceptively simple term, “D-Day.” We’ve all seen — in photos, movies, old news reels — what happened on the beaches of Normandy (codenamed Omaha, Utah, Juno, Gold and Sword) as the Allies unleashed an historic assault against German defenses on June 6, 1944.

But in rare color photos taken before and after the invasion, LIFE magazine’s Frank Scherschel captured countless other, lesser-known scenes from the run-up to the onslaught and the heady weeks after: American troops training in small English towns; the French countryside, implausibly lush after the spectral landscape of the beachheads; the reception GIs enjoyed en route to the capital; the jubilant liberation of Paris itself.

As presented here, in masterfully restored color, Scherschel’s pictures — most of which were never published in LIFE — feel at-once profoundly familiar and somehow utterly, vividly new.

 

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.

National Association of Senior Veterans – NASV

National Association of Senior Veterans, Inc. (NASV) is a 501c3 non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Florida in 2008. NASV was organized for the purpose of providing direct assistance regarding better living and health services for American Senior Veterans and their surviving spouses by operating a veteran’s support center.

Sorting through papers and VA bureaucracy can be overwhelming to many elderly veterans and their spouses. Elderly veterans in particular, have special needs to consider. First, the veterans are not aware of benefits for which they-or- their spouses are eligible. And the process can be complicated with finding old documents/paperwork, getting new paperwork, and overcoming numerous bureaucratic obstacles. The process without help can take months and years for claims to make their way through the VA. Patience- and- plenty of time is needed, something that many of the elderly veterans don’t have. NASV’s charge is to help guide the vets through the complicated paperwork and appeals system of the Veterans Administration quickly and efficiently. Vets matter to all Americans. We owe our country’s freedom to our veterans and their families. It is a debt that we all are responsible. That debt doesn’t stop when the war is over- it continues from one generation to the next. God Bless America! God Bless our troops! God Bless our Veterans!

It is with great pride that we are able to help our nation’s veterans and families get the benefits that they so richly deserve. The appreciation that we receive from the veterans that we help may seem like a small thing to some people but to our staff, it is the greatest payment that anyone can receive.

Please visit The National Association of Senior Veterans website.  Get there by clicking on the helicopter or on this line.

Strength At Home

Welcome to Strength at Home!

To veterans, service members, and military families: thank you for your valuable service to our country.

We know that there are many challenges in the transition from deployment to civilian life.  As a result, we are offering two programs designed to help service members, veterans, and military couples strengthen relationships, and reduce arguments and conflict with relationship partners and others. These programs are part of federally funded research projects.

12 Session Men’s Program:

The primary goals of this program are to help veterans and service members of any conflict era improve anger management skills and prevent arguments and conflict in intimate relationships.
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10 Session Couple’s Program:

The primary goals of this program are to help OEF/OIF military couples strengthen their relationship, increase feelings of closeness and happiness, and to prevent arguments and conflict.
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The Strength At Home programs are relationship strengthening programs for veterans, service members and their families who are struggling with conflict, anger, and readjustment after a deployment.  Our programs were collaboratively developed by internationally recognized mental health experts at the National Center for PTSD, Boston VA Healthcare System, Boston University, and other academic and clinical institutions serving military members and their families.  Our team leaders are experts in couple’s treatment, anger treatment, as well as trauma and recovery. 

Click any of the above links or here http://strengthathome.com/index.html