October 23rd is the National Day of Remembrance of 1983 Beirut Bombing

The Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon were bombed 37 years ago today. 241 members of the United States Armed Forces – 220 Marines, 18 Navy Sailors, 3 Army Soldiers – along with 58 French Peacekeepers & 3 civilians died. 9 of those lost were from Massachusetts, 1 was from North Andover.
North Andover’s own Cpl. Sean Gallagher was among those killed on October 23, 1983. He was one week shy of his 21st birthday. Please join us as we remember Cpl. Sean Gallagher and the others lost on this day. We honor their sacrifice and that of their families.

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Join @SethMoulton’s Office for a Virtual Veterans Town Hall on November 11th, 2020 from 7-8:30 PM

Rep. Moulton is continuing the Veterans Town Hall tradition this year with a virtual zoom meeting that will also be shared on Facebook Live.

Time: 7-830pm EST on 11/11/2020
Location: Virtual/Zoom. Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/veterans-town-hall-tickets-124290896417
Host: Congressman Seth Moulton’s Office
Contact: Matt Crescenzo, Regional Director, Matt.Crescenzo@mail.house.gov

The first Vets Town Hall was held on Veterans Day 2015. The idea, conceived by author Sebastian Junger, was simple but powerful: to provide a forum for veterans to share the pride, grief, or quiet appreciation of life that war bestowed upon them and for non-veterans to listen and to learn.

Moulton, a Marine combat veteran, hosted the first Veterans Town Hall in Marblehead, Massachusetts

MassHire Virtual Statewide Job Fair 11/10

MassHire Department of Career Services Veterans Program and the MassHire Career Center System invite you to the

Veterans Day Virtual Job Fair
Statewide Virtual Job Fair on Tuesday November 10th, 2020
 from 09:00 am to 2:00 pm 
Veterans only from 9:00 am to 10:00 am
This event is open to Veterans and the General Public

FOOD4VETS Food Distribution Program Happening Saturay, October 3, 2020.

The FOOD4VETS veteran food distribution program will be distributing food boxes this Saturday, October 3rd, between 10:00am – 1:00pm. The food boxes contain an approximate 10-14 day supply of food.  Distribution sites are listed below, or can be seen here.  
 
Proof of military service and pre-registration are required. Participants will drive up and check in, pop the trunk open and receive food boxes with minimal contact.


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Drive-Thru Flu Clinic for Veterans at Lowell VFW September 30th

BOSTON — In partnership with the Lowell VFW, VA Boston is hosting a mobile Drive-Thru, Flu Vaccine Clinic for VA enrolled Veterans on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 from 9 am – 1 pm, in the parking lot of the Lowell VFW, 190 Plain St. Lowell, MA.

VA enrolled Veterans can receive a standard flu shot, at no cost, with a Veteran ID, VA ID card, Veteran drivers license or social security number. 


The CDC urges everyone to receive a flu shot to prevent infection and complications associated with flu. Currently High Dose vaccine supply is limited and being distributed to those older inpatients and Veterans residing in VA Boston’s Community Living Center. Contact your VA primary care provider for information on high-dose vaccine.


“The VA continues to offer Veterans options when it comes to their health care,” said VA Boston Director Vincent Ng. “Receiving a vaccine remains the best way to prevent getting the flu,” he said.


Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during 2020-2021 to protect yourself, your family and your community from flu. The CDC states that a flu vaccine this season can also help reduce the burden on our healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and save medical resources for care of COVID-19 patients. September and October are good times to get a flu vaccine.


The more people vaccinated; the more people protected. Do your part. Get a flu vaccine this fall.


WHAT: VA Boston Mobile Flu Vaccine Clinic


WHEN: Wednesday September 30, 2020, 9 am – 1 pm


WHERE: Lowell VFW Parking Lot, 190 Plain Street, Lowell, MA


WHO: Veterans enrolled in VA must have a VA ID, Veteran License, or a valid social  security number


VA Boston facility flu clinic schedules and free community options https://www.boston.va.gov/Flu_Shot_Clinics.asp

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Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke Needs Assessment Survey

Reimagining the Future of the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke
The Commonwealth has undertaken an expedited capital project to reimagine the future of the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke and develop the right, longer-term option to meet the current and evolving needs of area Veterans.

The Rapid Planning Phase is underway, led by Massachusetts-based architecture firm Payette, to help identify a sustainable, public health-centered, implementation roadmap that will guide significant upgrades to the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home. Community input is invaluable during this process.*

Learn more about the project here.

Take the online survey here.
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NEW – Online Annuity Application from the Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services

NEW – Online Annuity Application from the Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services

The Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services has launched a new online Annuity application that went live today (8/31/2020).  To learn more about the annuity and the application process, please visit https://www.mass.gov/service-details/annuity.

Have questions or need assistance?  We are here for you!  Email Veteran Services for North Andover and Boxford at veterans@northandoverma.gov, or give us a call at 978-688-9525.

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The @DeptofDefense announced New ID Cards Being Issued for Military Family Members, Retirees – Learn More!

On Monday, the Department of Defense announced that they will be transitioning to an all-new card system: the Next Generation Uniform Services Identification Card. The new ID card transitions the current laminated paper card to a more durable, secure, next generation USID card. 
USID cards are issued to retired and reserve members, dependent family members of Uniformed Services members, and other eligible individuals in accordance with DoD policy to facilitate access to benefits, privileges, and DoD bases. The Next Generation USID card does not change the populations who are eligible to receive the current card.  

Beginning July 31, 2020, individuals with expiring ID cards will begin to receive the Next Gen USID card at ID card issuance facilities as they are equipped with the equipment and supplies necessary to issue the Next Gen USID card. In an effort to conserve resources and limit the impact on ID card issuance facilities, cards will not be reissued solely for the purpose of obtaining the Next Gen USID card.

Read the full Defense News article to learn more.

Click here for a list of Next Generation USID Card FAQs.

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