Steve Jones knows firsthand the healing power of art, which is why he’s keen to support the Massachusetts Veterans Art Exhibit.Read More
The Military Bereavement Support Group, organized by The Brookfield Institute, helps people who have lost a loved one who served in the military.Read More
The Brookfield Institute supports veterans and their families, because we know how service affects everyone.
The workshop is designed for spouses, parents, children and all family members of anyone who has served in in any era, the National Guard or reserves.
“The families get forgotten about a lot,” says Jeannine Germain, executive officer and treasurer of Clear Path for Veterans New England. She founded a family group to help strengthen and increase resilience, as well as lend support to each other. When her husband, Scott, was on active duty, she relied on fellow military spouses but now, those people aren’t right in her backyard any longer. “I started the family group in case other military spouses felt the same way I did.”
The free workshop will help you:
Learn about trauma's effects and healthy responses
Engage with your community
While the workshop is free, but registration is required for a head count on the light supper that will be provided.
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
We helped in a long-distance way to get Randy Tenney, left, a Vietnam War pin at a ceremony recently in Ellsworth, Maine. The newly inducted head of VFW Post #109 presented the pin to Mr. Tenney, who then chose to join the post! Good job Randy and VFW Post #109.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.