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Secretary Polanowicz Gets Vets’ Plates: Here’s How You Can Too! Posted on Sep 19

Secretary Polanowicz Gets Vets’ Plates: Here’s How You Can Too!

On September 19, Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz visited the new Haymarket Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) location and joined Registrar Celia Blue to get his veteran license plates for his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Secretary Polanowicz, an Army veteran and West Point graduate, joins tens of thousands of Massachusetts veterans   …Continue Reading Secretary Polanowicz Gets Vets’ Plates: Here’s How You Can Too!

Veterans: Find your Sisterhood in Massachusetts Posted on Jul 23

Veterans: Find your Sisterhood in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Women Veterans’ Network of the Department of Veterans’ Services (WVN) has been connecting women veterans with benefits, services, and each other, since 1997. Since its founding, the Network has been the central resource for women veterans across the Commonwealth, and continues to connect its members   …Continue Reading Veterans: Find your Sisterhood in Massachusetts

Veterans: Find Your Career in Massachusetts Posted on Jul 16

Veterans: Find Your Career in Massachusetts

Veterans, upon returning home, have the unique challenge of reintegrating back into civilian life. Here in Massachusetts, veterans and those currently serving on Active Duty have access to a wide array of employment and training resources to ensure their success in the workforce when they   …Continue Reading Veterans: Find Your Career in Massachusetts

Veterans: Find Your Home in Massachusetts Posted on Jul 9

Veterans: Find Your Home in Massachusetts

Defenders of freedom will also always have a place to live in the Commonwealth. Veterans of Massachusetts have multiple different housing options to suit their needs, as well as programs and organizations to advocate for them. Here are a few of the housing options available   …Continue Reading Veterans: Find Your Home in Massachusetts

PTSD Awareness Day 2014: 7 Things to Know About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Posted on Jun 26

PTSD Awareness Day 2014: 7 Things to Know About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

After a traumatic event, stress-related reactions are common, but not everyone gets Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD affects 20% of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and untreated symptoms can disrupt normal life. Here are some quick facts about PTSD: PTSD can Affect Anyone There   …Continue Reading PTSD Awareness Day 2014: 7 Things to Know About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Register For The 6th Annual Women Veterans Conference (Free) Posted on Jun 12

Register For The 6th Annual Women Veterans Conference (Free)

Each year, the  Women Veterans’ Network (WVN) hosts a Women Veterans Conference, a free networking event for women veterans to meet each other and learn about the unique programs offered exclusively to Massachusetts’ female veterans. This year’s Conference is going to be held this Saturday, June 14th at   …Continue Reading Register For The 6th Annual Women Veterans Conference (Free)

Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke Celebrates 70th Anniversary of D-Day Posted on Jun 9

Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke Celebrates 70th Anniversary of D-Day

The Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke held a ceremony on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, honoring four veterans living at the facility who survived the largest seaborne assault in the history of the world. More than 200 people attended the ceremony, which remembered the sacrifices of   …Continue Reading Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke Celebrates 70th Anniversary of D-Day

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