Learn about your Veteran Healthcare Benefits – Enrollment Assistance and ID Card Processing (No appt. needed)

If you served in the military 
Learn about your Veteran Healthcare Benefits
Enrollment Assistance and ID Card Processing (No appt. needed)

Lynn CBOC – 225 Boston Street Suite 107, Lynn 
3 rd Wednesday of the month, 8am-2pm
Haverhill CBOC – 108 Merrimack Street, Haverhill 
2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month, 9am-3pm 
Gloucester CBOC – 199 Main Street, Gloucester 
2nd & 4th Fridays of the month, 9am-3pm
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Veterans Whole Health Weekly Workshop: A new approach to understanding your health! Starting April 30 , 2019 at Ipswich Family YMCA (10-11:30am). FREE to Veterans!

Veterans Whole Health 
Weekly Workshop
A new approach to understanding your health!
Starting April 30th , 2019 
Tuesday 10:00am-11:30am 
FREE to Veterans 
Ipswich Family YMCA 
110 County Rd 
Ipswich, MA 01938

This 9-week group will explore the connections between your health and the different areas of your life. 

Topics Include: 

  • exercise 
  • nutrition 
  • Sleep 
  • relationships 
  • work life 
  • Safety 
  • relaxation 
  • spirituality 
They will provide tools and strategies for addressing each aspect of your life. Whether you want to improve one or all areas, this group is a valuable step toward taking care of your whole health!
For more information please email: nestorj@northshoreymca.org
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April 5th is Gold Star Wives Day, a day to to honor the military spouses of fallen service members who made the ultimate sacrifice. THANK YOU Gold Star Wives, Husbands, and Families.

The first meeting of the Gold Star Wives of America was on April 5, 1945, when four young widows met in Marie Jordan's apartment on West 20th Street in New York City. One week later, President Franklin D. Roosevelt died. Shortly thereafter, Eleanor Roosevelt, the widow of the Commander-in-Chief, joined the organization. Mrs. Roosevelt was most helpful in the early days of the organization. She attended meetings, wrote about the organization in her “My Day” column, entertained children of Gold Star Wives at a picnic at her home in Hyde Park, New York, served on the first board of directors, and was one of the original 15 signers when the organization was chartered as a non-profit organization in the State of New York in December 1945.

In 2013, the U.S. Senate designated April 5 as Gold Wives Day in recognition of the sacrifices made by spouses and family members of our fallen heroes. Many state and local communities also formally recognize April 5th as Gold Star Wives Day. (Gold Star Wives of America, Inc; www.goldstarwives.org)

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VA Health Care: When You’re In, You’re In

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates the largest health care system in the country, with over 1,400 sites of care nationwide. When you become enrolled in the VA health care system, it's for a lifetime. You are instantly and automatically entitled to receive care at any VA location without ever having to register for VA health care benefits again. Learn more at:  http://www.va.gov/directory/guide/division_flsh.asp?dnum=1

After you enroll, you can immediately start receiving your health care at a VA facility, or at a later date – the choice is yours. Enrolling in the VA health care system is quick and easy – just complete an online Application for Health Benefits online at: https://www.1010ez.med.va.gov/sec/vha/1010ez/Need help enrolling? Contact the VA toll free at 1-877-222-VETS (8387).

To change your message subscriptions: 1) Log into http://www.ebenefits.va.gov; 2) Go to the Message Center; 3) Select “My Preferences” and update your subscription preferences.

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Save the date for the upcoming Military Hiring Event at Fenway Park on May 14, 2019 (9AM-2PM) with @HiringOurHeroes!

This event is free and is open to active duty service members, Guard and Reserve, veterans, and military spouses. Even better? All registered veteran and military spouse job seekers who attend the hiring expo are eligible to receive up to two free tickets to attend the evening's game between the Boston Red Sox and the Colorado Rockies.


View the full schedule and register by visiting hiringourheroes.org/events.  
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Attention TEACHERS!

Attention TEACHERS!  Did you know that March 29th is National Vietnam War Veterans Day?  What a great time to check out (and share!) the Teacher’s Toolkit provided by the Department of Defense Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration Committee!  This toolkit provides activities

 designed for elementary through college.   Check it out here or visit their website for more information.

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Are you in need of food? Come to the Neighbors in Need food pantry at the @Andover_Senior Center (Andover, MA) on Thursdays from 4-5PM (registration begins at 3:30PM).

This program is open to everyone.

What to expect

  • Food is available to all who request it without judgment or needs assessment at the following times and locations.
  • Please get in line when you come to the pantry – there will be food enough for everyone.
  • Your first time at the pantry, volunteers will help you fill out an intake form.
  • Please bring a bag with you to carry home your groceries.
  • Please limit your visits to once each week.
  • Food is available to all who request it without judgment or needs assessment at the following times and locations.
  • Please get in line when you come to the pantry – there will be food enough for everyone.
  • Your first time at the pantry, volunteers will help you fill out an intake form.
  • Please bring a bag with you to carry home your groceries.
  • Please limit your visits to once each week.
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    Let’s Talk About It: Mental Health and Stigma – A Personal Story and Discussion with Former Chief Justice of the NH Supreme Court, John Broderick and Congressman @SethMoulton

    Join the discussion about de-stigmatizing seeking Mental Health help for Veterans on Monday, March 25 at 10am in the Bedford VAMC theater.  The featured speakers are Former Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, John Broderick and Congressman Seth Moulton.


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