Vets Helping Vets
Oct
24
6:00pm 6:00pm

Vets Helping Vets

Vets Helping Vets Group meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Living Room, Trinity Episcopal Church. New volunteers are always welcome to join us. The Living Room is located at 17 Park Ave., Ware, MA. We organize events and services to help local active-duty military and veterans, including National Guard, Reserves and all our Armed Forces.

 

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'Welcome Home'
Nov
10
to Nov 13

'Welcome Home'

"Welcome Home" is a new work by local playwright Sam Farnsworth and is based on a story by JS, Hobbs that weaves together the true tales of veterans from Central and Western Massachusetts.

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'Almost Home' workshop
Oct
11
9:00am 9:00am

'Almost Home' workshop

Almost Home: A workshop for those who support veterans returning from deployment

Returning war veterans and vet\responders in our era have dedicated years of patriotic service to the nation and community — having gone repeatedly in harm's way with only modest compensation.  Too many do not return or return changed in ways that they hadn't planned for.

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Welcome Home Viet Nam Veterans
Apr
29
5:00pm 5:00pm

Welcome Home Viet Nam Veterans

Help us honor and welcome home Viet Nam veterans on the 50th anniversary of the war.

Care for the Troops is a partner of the yearlong commemoration and has worked extensively with Viet Nam veterans and veterans and active-duty military of all wars. See some of their stories here.

We will be honoring these brave veterans with dinner, talk and more. Space is limited and we will be accepting reservations on a first-come, first-serve basis for Ware and Palmer area Vietnam veterans.

For more information or to RSVP, email beverly@careforthetroops-ma.org

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Workshop: Welcoming Home Viet Nam Vets
Nov
2
10:00am10:00am

Workshop: Welcoming Home Viet Nam Vets

Our Nov. 2 workshop for pastors and laity will help you Welcome Home Viet Nam veterans as well as teach you other ways to minister to veterans of all eras.

Most Viet Nam veterans have never been welcomed home by a community or congregation. In fact, many have painful stories of their reception when they returned from combat. Now fifty years after the war, congregations and communities are encouraged to find ways to honor the service and sacrifice of Viet Nam veterans in a public event to be held between Memorial Day 2012 and Veterans Day 2025. At this workshop you will:

  • Learn ways to formally welcome Viet Nam veterans home and publicly acknowledge their service and sacrifice.
  • Hear from Viet Nam veterans and better understand "unhealed wounds" both for veterans and for the community as a whole.
  • Discover ways to reach out to veterans of all eras, especially veterans and active duty military from Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Find out what congregations around the state are doing to reach out to local veterans in order to stem the tide of homelessness, family violence and suicide.

The workshop will be held at the Congregational Church of Christ, 583 Main St., Leominster MA, on Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $25 per person, which includes lunch. 

This workshop is sponsored by the Brookfield Institute, the Massachusetts National Guard Chaplaincy and MA National Guard Family Program.

Register for the Nov. 2 workshop here.

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May
29
11:15am11:15am

Veterans honor guard and service

As part of the "We Remember ..." display on the Athol Uptown Common, there will be a special honor guard and ecumenical service of remembrance Sunday, May 29, at 11:15 a.m.

The Rev. Beverly Prestwood-Taylor, of the Athol Congregational Church, will lead the service. Afterwards, there will be light refreshments at the church, 1225 Chestnut St., Athol or use Paypal.

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May
28
9:00am 9:00am

Memorial Weekend Free Breakfast for Vets

Vets Help Vets will be serving a free breakfast for veterans Saturday, May 28, 9 to 11 a.m., at the Ware Senior Center.

Pancakes, sausage, eggs and muffins are on the menu for the breakfast for veterans and their families. Local veterans of all conflicts including non-combatants and current active duty military are invited, as are their wives, husbands, mothers, fathers and children. 

The Ware Senior Center is at 1 Robbins Road, Ware, MA.

Volunteers are needed to cook, serve and clean up. Anyone who wants to support veterans is encouraged to help. To sign up as a volunteer, please call 413-563-7282 or email us and provide your contact information.

The recently organized Vets Help Vets is a group of local veterans and others interested in addressing the local, unmet needs of vets. Training, education and supportive services are some of the group’s goals. The group also encourages narratives of individual veteran’s experiences so that the community better understands these experiences. “Vets Help Vets” is sponsored by the Brookfield Institute’s Care For The Troops Program 

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May
1
to May 31

'We Remember ...'

The North Quabbin Veterans Outreach will hold the first “We Remember…” public display during the month May on the Uptown Common in Athol, MA.

The display will honor those service members who have died. Individuals and organizations may make a donation to remember and honor those who have served. The funds collected will support events for Veterans of the Athol community throughout the year. Mail donations to: Athol Congregational Church, UCC 1225 Chestnut St. Athol, MA 01331.

The veterans'  names will be listed in the Athol Daily News each week during the month. On Sunday, May 29, there will be a special honor guard and ecumenical service of remembrance at 11:15 a.m., near the “We Remember…” display led by Pastor Beverly Prestwood-Taylor, of the Athol Congregational Church. Following the service, there will be light refreshments at the Church, 1225 Chestnut St. 

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Journey Home From War
Apr
5
to Apr 6

Journey Home From War

WHEN: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 9:00 AM - Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 5:00 PM (EDT) - Add to Calendar

WHERE: Athol Congregation Church - 1225 Chestnut Street Athol, MA 01331 - View Map

HOSTED BY: Athol Congregational Church, UCC and the Brookfield Institute

REGISTRATION: Free for veterans; $27.37 general admission. Tickets available here.

Does your faith community or other organization want to better understand the experience of veterans and their families? 

Do you see our veterans’ journey home from war as a shared responsibility and an opportunity to walk alongside them in their return? 

This workshop — FREE for veterans — will build on the basic concepts of STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience) and apply it to the experience of military families, including: 

  • The effects of trauma on the body, mind, and spirit;
  • Common responses to unhealed trauma;
  • Recognizing the symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury;
  • New skills and strategies to chart a healing journey 

In addition, participants will learn about the process of coming home: 

  • Stages veterans move through as they prepare for deployment and as they return;
  • Battlement: Unlearning some aspects of basic training in order to re-acclimate to life with their families;
  • The spiritual impact of war;
  • Creating a specific plan to support veterans and military families;
  • How to start working with veterans to record their stories or invite them to write their stories of combat and re-integration.

Veterans attend free but must register; general admission tickets are $27.37. Register here.

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Jan
5
6:00pm 6:00pm

Participate on “Vets Help Vets” Steering Committee

Veterans of all ages are encouraged to consider helping other service members by participating in a Steering Committee for “new” veteran services in the greater Ware area.  Veterans, along with their friends or family members, civic or church leaders or others interested in veterans’ issues are invited to participate in this Steering Committee.  This Committee will look at ways to reach out to local military families, understand their needs and arrange for relevant assistance. 

                Pizza will be served at an informational [initial] meeting to be held on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 6 PM at The Living Room – next door to the Trinity Episcopal Church, Park Ave., Ware, MA.   (Snow date will be the following Tuesday, January 12, 2016).  Care For the Troops (www.careforthetroops-ma.org) is the sponsoring organization. This is a no-obligation gathering but folks are asked to RSVP in order to reserve their slices of pizza.  RSVP’s can be done by email to: careforthetroops@gmail.com or by calling Beverly at 413-563-7282.  Please reserve your pizza by January 4, 2016.

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Nov
8
5:00pm 5:00pm

FREE Pasta Supper for Metrowest Veterans

To honor our armed forces' veterans and to show deep appreciation for their service, Metrowest veterans and their families are invited to a free pasta supper on Sunday, November 8th from 5-7 pm at The Plymouth Church, 87 Edgell Road in Framingham, MA. Featuring Rev. Paul Minor as keynote speaker. RSVP: 508-875-1364.

Sponsored by Finding the Calm in the Storm: a parnership of three congregations: Edwards Church, Grace Congregational, and The Plymouth Church in Framingham.

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Nov
7
9:00am 9:00am

Free Breakfast for Veterans & their Families: Athol Congregational Church

The North Quabbin Veterans' Outreach, an affiliate of the Athol Congregational Church, UCC, is sponsoring a thank you breakfast for all veterans and their families at the Church hall at 1225 Chestnut Street, Athol (uptown common). The menu will feature scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, muffins, fresh fruit, and Dean's Beans Coffee. The hall is handicapped accessible. RSVP by Thursday, October 29th: 978-249-6202.

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