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March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month! Posted on Mar 28

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month!

Not only veterans suffer from head trauma. In fact, did you know that 2.4 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury each year? And that in Massachusetts there were 68,285 cases that involved a traumatic brain injury in 2010 alone? That’s why the Massachusetts’ Rehab Commission   …Continue Reading March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month!

Hometown Glory Posted on Feb 28

Hometown Glory

Ever hear of or see the the movie Glory, starring Matthew Broderick and Denzel Washington? Well, that is of our Commonwealth’s very own 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. The 54th Volunteer Regiment was the first organized regiment of the US Army that was comprised of African American soldiers.   …Continue Reading Hometown Glory

Boston Red Sox 2013 World Series Trophy Makes Appearance at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Posted on Feb 14

Boston Red Sox 2013 World Series Trophy Makes Appearance at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

Students at McMahon School got the opportunity to pose for pictures with the trophy, won by the Red Sox in six games against the St. Louis Cardinals last October. The golden icon also made an appearance at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home. Red Sox mascot Wally   …Continue Reading Boston Red Sox 2013 World Series Trophy Makes Appearance at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

Honoring African-American History Month: The Wereth Eleven Posted on Feb 7

Honoring African-American History Month: The Wereth Eleven

The Battle of the Bulge was the deadliest and most desperate battle of World War II. Among the dead were the Wereth 11. The group was comprised of eleven black soldiers from the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion, an African-American Battalion from the United States. The   …Continue Reading Honoring African-American History Month: The Wereth Eleven

Boots to Business: Connecting Vets to Employment Opportunities Posted on Jan 28

Boots to Business: Connecting Vets to Employment Opportunities

January is National Mentoring Month. The Commonwealth has several unique and specialized mentoring programs, one of which is the The Boots to Business Veteran Mentorship Program. In partnership with the Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS), the Labor and Workforce Development Division of Career Services, and the Greater   …Continue Reading Boots to Business: Connecting Vets to Employment Opportunities

Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Reaches 92% Employee Flu Vaccination Rate Posted on Dec 31

Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Reaches 92% Employee Flu Vaccination Rate

The Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke vaccinated 92 percent of all employees against influenza this season, establishing a new record at the home, nearly double the national average for health care providers in long-term care facilities. In Massachusetts, which has the highest rate of vaccinations of all states,   …Continue Reading Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Reaches 92% Employee Flu Vaccination Rate

DVS Joins Wreaths Across America Posted on Dec 20

DVS Joins Wreaths Across America

As another round of holidays is upon us, we are reminded of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, and the families who will never be able to take a full family picture again.  Each year, Wreaths Across America  honors these lost family members by   …Continue Reading DVS Joins Wreaths Across America

DVS Joins Comcast to Support Veterans in Crisis Posted on Dec 18

DVS Joins Comcast to Support Veterans in Crisis

This week, the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) joined Comcast to launch a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to support the Statewide Advocacy for Veterans Empowerment (SAVE) Outreach Team. The two PSA’s, feature DVS employees Kevin Lambert and Viviana Marcotte, both veterans of the war   …Continue Reading DVS Joins Comcast to Support Veterans in Crisis

Massachusetts Commemorates Pearl Harbor Day Posted on Dec 10

Massachusetts Commemorates Pearl Harbor Day

Saturday marked the 72nd year since the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and community groups commemorated the day by honoring World War II veterans at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke and by supporting the Honor Flight program. It was the morning of Dec. 7, 1941 when   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Commemorates Pearl Harbor Day

Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke Supports Honor Flight New England Posted on Nov 19

Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke Supports Honor Flight New England

On Dec. 7, a community partnership will remember Pearl Harbor Day by pledging to support World War II Veterans from the Pioneer Valley on a special flight to Washington D.C. A committee of veteran organizations and community partners will be sending applications for area World   …Continue Reading Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke Supports Honor Flight New England