Bobby Curley knows nature heals. He’s seen it heal others and it has healed him.
He wants to help other veterans capture that feeling, even if their mobility isn’t what it used to be. He’s bringing a Freedom Chair and his therapy dog Celtz to Welcome Home Place Saturday, Feb. 23. Welcome Home Place is a veterans resource center hosted by The Brookfield Institute’s Care for the Troops program. This month’s gathering will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Holyoke Community College’s E2E Center, 79 Main St., in downtown Ware. Read More
For Harry Pearson, his character — and all the other characters in “Welcome Home” — rings true. Read More
As a licensed independent clinical social worker and a readjustment counselor for Readjustment Counseling Services at the Manchester (NH) Vet Center, Mary Heck works with veterans, many of whom are dealing with moral injury. She’ll be presenting at our Almost Home workshop Sept. 28. Read More
Jeannine Germain’s husband served 25 years in the U.S. Army, often gone 300 days a year. Homecomings were not always the blissful scene we see pictured and life after the Army is also tough, Germain says. Read More
When Bill Andresen processed out of the service in 1968, nobody talked to him about resources and services available to veterans. He wants to make sure other veterans, younger veterans, new veterans as well as old veterans, know what’s available. Read More
Belinda Morrone was so moved by her first pinning ceremony, she quickly organized another. The retired Air Force colonel first pinned Vietnam veterans at a ceremony in West Boylston, MA in March. The pinning ceremony was organized by The Brookfield Institute's Care for the Troops program and held after a Yoga Warriors class. Col (ret) Morrone is active in Yoga Warriors and knew many of the veterans. The pinning was part of the American Vietnam War Commemoration and the Brookfield Institute is a Commemorative Partner. The pinning ceremony requires an officer to present the pins and Col Morrone was more than happy to oblige. What she hadn't foreseen were the emotions. Read More
While at Dannes-Camiers, Base Hospital No. 5 frequently was attacked by enemy aircraft, and on the night of September 4, 1917, suffered several casualties. Lieut. William T. Fitzsimons, M. C., was killed, Lieuts. Rae W. Whidden, Thaddeus D. Smith, and Clarence A. McGuire, M. C., were wounded. Lieutenants Whidden and Smith subsequently died. Three enlisted men were killed and five severely wounded; one nurse and 22 patients were wounded. These deaths were the first among the American Expeditionary Forces clue to enemy activity. Read More
Bill Munsell knows all too well the struggles that come after returning from battle — he’s done it twice. Read More
“I have to be a dad and a husband and still deal with the things I saw,” says Munsell, 54, a sergeant first class in the National Guard. That dichotomy — that there are two sides to a soldier — is integral to understanding how to help veterans, he says.
An upcoming workshop offered by The Brookfield Institute’s Care for the Troops program will offer introductory training to people who want to help veterans integrate into civilian life. Read More
The pinning ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, March 15, after the Yoga Warriors class that veteran Roy Dennington credits with giving him a renewed resilience in his post-war and post trauma life. The pinning will begin about 12:30 p.m. at Central Mass Yoga and Wellness, 45 Sterling Street, No. 28, West Boylston, Mass (top floor of Causeway Mall — intersection of Mass. Rtes. 110 and 12). Belinda Morrone, a retired Air Force colonel and nurse who supported U.S. military air evacuations from the Gulf wars through the ongoing post-911 Mideast conflicts, will present the Vietnam War Veteran pins. Read More
Are you a military family or friend who has faced the death of a service member from the hidden wounds of war, combat or other service-connected losses? Our first Military Friends and Family Bereavement Support Group meeting is March 4. Read More
There are still 20 veterans a day who commit suicide. And 70% of the veterans who take their lives have never contacted the VA for health services. Read More
That is why our outreach and education work is so important.
The gathering was a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs free training for clergy, religious leaders and other community members to assist them with helping veterans and their families. Read More
Veterans’ stories are close to JS, Hobbs’ heart. The director of “Welcome Home” has worked with numerous veterans, veteran organizations and he has heard many, many stories. He worked for several months to write the story the play is based on, listening, watching, reading, compiling. Read More
The stats are stunning. The American Psychological Association says there are only 16 mental health counselors for every 100,000 veterans in rural areas. Read More
Sam Farnsworth wasn’t born when the Vietnam War was being fought, yet he’s immersed in stories and memories about it. He didn’t serve in Iraq or Afghanistan, either, but he’s putting himself in the middle of that, too. Read More