Underlying emotions, everyday situations

Kevin Lambert thinks veteran-to-veteran support is integral, but he’s not going to disregard the good civilians have done.

"My work with veterans is more peer-based, individual therapy,” he said. Yet, "I used to say I’d never see a civilian therapist, but I’ve changed my mind. You never know who that veteran is going to connect with.”

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Trauma workshop for families

The Brookfield Institute supports veterans and their families, because we know how service affects everyone.

We have teamed up with Clear Path for Veterans and Jennifer Baubitz, an adjunct professor at Assumption College, for a June 18 Trauma and the Military Family workshop.

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.

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“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

  • Build resilience

  • 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.

Helping get veterans out on the trails

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.

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Fascinating WWI account by nurse from Holyoke

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.

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The dichotomy of the returning warrior

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.

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Vietnam War pins signify more than you’d know

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.

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