Military Family and Friends Bereavement Support Group
Oct
6
2:00 PM14:00

Military Family and Friends Bereavement Support Group

Our Military Family and Friends Bereavement Support Group welcomes any military family member or friend who is coping with the death of a loved one who died as a result of service in the military. Included are service members who died in combat, or because of combat-related exposure or injury; service members who took their own lives due to post traumatic stress, or traumatic brain injury, or as a result of transition stress; or service members who died in training accidents or from friendly fire.

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Auditions for 'Welcome Home'
Aug
4
12:00 PM12:00

Auditions for 'Welcome Home'

Open auditions for "Welcome Home," an original play, will be held Saturday, Aug. 4, noon-4 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 5, noon to 2 p.m., at Workshop 13, 13 Church St., Ware, MA. We are casting three male characters, ages 24-60. (The female character has already been cast.) Performances are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 11, 2 p.m.

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Vietnam Veterans Pinning Ceremony
Mar
15
12:30 PM12:30

Vietnam Veterans Pinning Ceremony

Organizer Roy Dennington says, “The pins recognize that it was a war,” he says. “A horrendous war, but by calling it a war — and by giving it a name — we can, to some extent, look at it like we look at an event, something that was then, something that is now in the past. An event that has ended.” 

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'Welcome Home'
Nov
1
to Nov 4

'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
9:00 AM09:00

'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
5:00 PM17:00

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
10:00 AM10:00

Workshop: Welcoming Home Viet Nam Vets

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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
11:15 AM11:15

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
9:00 AM09:00

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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