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
Call for a director for "Welcome Home," an original play by Sam Farnsworth, based on the true stories of four local veterans.
The four veterans meet at a weekend retreat. As the night by the campfire unfolds, they gradually build trust and talk about their funny and harrowing experiences of war and military service. Poignant and heartwarming, this play draws the audience into the real lives of local veterans.
The play will be performed at Workshop 13 in Ware, MA. on Veterans Day weekend, Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m.
Care for the Troops and The Brookfield Institute are now headquartered at the Quaboag Valley CDC, 23 Main St., Ware MA. We're on the second floor.
Our mailing address is:
The Brookfield Institute/Care for the Troops
P.O. Box 838
Ware MA 01082
The phone number, 413-563-7282, and email address, email@example.com, are still the same.
Bill Munsell knows all too well the struggles that come after returning from battle — he’s done it twice.
“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.
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
When Todd Farnsworth first heard the stories coming out of the Brookfield Institute’s writing workshop for veterans, he was floored. Then he was energized.Read More
Tony Riello says his part of the Veterans Administration is “sort of unknown” and he’s ready to change that.
The Worcester Veterans Center, 255 Park Ave., is devoted to mental health care. It’s all they do, so they’re able to focus — in this case, on reacclimating veterans to civilian life.Read More
As part of a panel of veterans and those who work with veterans, Ryan Casavant plans to tell his own story and then tell others about Home Base. The nonprofit was founded by the Red Sox Foundation after the baseball team made a trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The players had been planning to spend just a few hours there, but ended up spending an entire day and having to be dragged out at closing time. “They realized they wanted to do something” and Home Base was born, says Casavant. Massachusetts General Hospital is a partner in the program, which is self-funded through donations and fundraising and specializes in helping not just veterans, but their families as well.Read More
Roy Dennington remembers all too clearly the ordeals he had after returning from war, both immediate and delayed.
There was the initial homecoming, when Vietnam veterans were ostracized to the point that Dennington and his comrades went into hiding. Then there were the problems adjusting to civilian life, including stress, bankruptcy and “way too much drinking.”
Then, decades after Dennington’s service, things became problematic again. “What had not been apparent earlier became more apparent,” says Dennington, 73, of Clinton, Mass. He had monumental health problems, a heartbreaking family tragedy and was watching his life unravel in front of his eyes.
“I don’t like to say PTSD, but that’s my diagnosis,” he says.