The mission of Care for the Troops, Massachusetts is to prevent veteran suicide and bring increased well-being to veterans and their families through education and training. Through our outreach, veterans, their families and communities develop the skills and tools to build resilience.
Care for the Troops, MA grew from its parent organization, the Brookfield Institute, founded in 2004. The vision of the Brookfield Institute was shaped by its original founders, experts in the fields of psychotherapy, medicine, and community organizing. They collaborated to offer a unique approach to trauma resilience training, crafted in partnership with the internationally renowned Strategies in Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) program.
After the shocking suicide of Marine Cpl. Jeff Lucey, from Belchertown, MA. in June 2004, the Institute began to apply its expertise in trauma resilience to create specialized programs for veterans, and communities working with veterans.
Our collaboration with local non-profit organizations for veterans, such as Project New Hope, Open Spirit, Clear Path for Veterans and the Veterans Education Project, has deepened our comprehension of veterans’ needs, and available local resources. We also work with Care for the Troops, a national organization based in Georgia.