Each year, Veterans Day allows us an opportunity to both honor the brave men and women who have served on behalf of our nation, as well as to reflect on the ways we can maximize resources to provide the finest services to all generations of veterans. Massachusetts leads the nation in providing services to our 385,000 veterans and their families, and we have advanced community-based initiatives in partnership with Department of Veteran Services, Department of Public Health, and Department of Mental Health and community providers to ensure the maximization of resources to provide the finest services to all generations of veterans.
Throughout the month of November, HHS Secretary Polanowicz celebrated the years of service of our Commonwealth’s veterans and the statewide advances for veteran empowerment made under the Patrick Administration.
In early November, Secretary Polanowicz spoke at Women Veterans Appreciation Day. Thanking the brave women who have served and continue to serve valiantly, the Secretary highlighted the nearly 15,000 women in the Commonwealth that make up 15% of our Commonwealth’s Air and Army National Guard, as well as the 31,000 women veterans who live here.
At the Veterans Day Ceremony, Secretary Polanowicz joined Governor Patrick, Attorney General Martha Coakley, Treasurer Grossman, and Secretary of Veterans’ Services Coleman Nee in thanking veterans for their service; “As a veteran, a resident of the Commonwealth and a member of the Administration, I thank the men and women who have chosen to serve and will continue to create meaningful partnerships to ensure their success when they return home,” Polanowicz said.
Later this month, Secretary Polanowicz will join Judge Hogen Sullivan to congratulate the veteran graduates from the Dedham Veterans’ Treatment Court, and as part of “Hire a Veteran Month” Secretary Polanowicz will be making a donation to the Veterans Clothing Collaborative, which provides veterans with appropriate dress clothes for interviews.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month posted on Oct 15
In 1994, after four years of intense investigation and testimony, Congress concluded that there was a pervasive problem of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking among women in the United States. As a result,the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was passed. This legislation was the …Continue Reading October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month posted on Oct 6
This month, Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz announced an infant safe sleep campaign focused on the importance of infant safe sleep practices and promoting ways to reduce risks associated with Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID), the leading cause of death among infants between …Continue Reading October is Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month
Statewide Listening Sessions: Services for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Late-deafened Adults and Children posted on Sep 25
Join Heidi Reed, Commissioner of Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH), DHILS providers, the Disability Policy Consortium, and the Disability Law Center at a listening session in communities across the Commonwealth to share experiences with state services for deaf, hard of hearing, and late-deafened adults …Continue Reading Statewide Listening Sessions: Services for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Late-deafened Adults and Children