Meet Our Heroes Family Fun Day – October 15, 2022

You are invited!  Come join us on Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM at Lawrence Veterans Memorial Stadium for a family fun day.  Meet our Local Heroes and learn about the different branches of the military, police departments, fire departments, and the Red Cross. 


Participate in a Virtual Reality Parachute Jump, a Physical Fitness Competition, and watch live demonstrations.  Activities also include an inflatable football toss, an inflatable basketball game, cornhole, video games, and more!


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Suicide Prevention: Care for Caregivers and Veterans

Social Work Grand Rounds

Suicide Prevention: Care for Caregivers and Veterans

DATE: Thursday, September 8th, 2022

TIME: 11:00-12:30

LOCATION: Virtual, Teams link below

Presented by: The Bedford Caregiver Support Team (Kendra Valluzzi, Nichole White, Carlos Lopez, Andrew Leonard, Donna Woosley, Brianna Martin and Jay Smith)

Objectives:

  1. Understand recent facts and key findings about Veteran Suicide, per 2021 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report.
  2. Enhance understanding of available resources for Caregivers.
  3. Enhance understanding of available resources for Providers.

*CEU’s will be available for VA Staff through TMS, link to follow.

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VA Bedford seeks volunteers for The Wall That Heals exhibit in September

VA Bedford Healthcare System News & Updates

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VA Bedford seeks volunteers for The Wall That Heals exhibit in September

by Kat Bailey, VA Bedford Public Affairs Officer

Visitors at The Wall That Heals

BEDFORD, Massachusetts–VA Bedford Healthcare System needs volunteers to assist with The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that VA Bedford is hosting at Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, here, Sept. 22-25.

The exhibit, along with a mobile Education Center, will be open 24 hours a day and is free to the public. The Wall That Heals closes at 2 p.m. on Sept. 25.

Volunteers are needed around the clock to greet and assist visitors, should be 18 years or older, and be able to stand for extended periods. No experience is necessary and volunteer training will be provided. Interested individual volunteers may sign up for shifts at tinyurl.com/33e2e8w7.   

Organizations desiring to volunteer or sponsor the visit may contact VA Bedford via email at vhabedTheWallThatHeals@va.gov or call 781-687-3076 to express their interest.

“Hosting The Wall That Heals is an opportunity that can transform a community,” VA Bedford Director Joan Clifford said. “From Thursday until Sunday, we can expect hundreds of volunteers and thousands of visitors for 24-hours each day no matter the weather, crowds, or other needs. It will truly take a village.”

The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War and bears the names of the 58,281 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

Hosting the mobile exhibit at VA Bedford HCS, and by extension, in the Town of Bedford, allows local Veterans and their family members a chance to experience The WallIt provides an opportunity to honor and remember all those who served and sacrificed in the Vietnam War and educate visitors on the continuing impact of the Vietnam War on America.

Media opportunities are also available and welcome. Details about the schedule of events are available and regularly updated on the VA website at https://www.va.gov/bedford-health-care/programs/the-wall-that-heals/.

Flag Retirement Ceremony – June 12, 2022 from 3 pm – 5 pm at Ridgewood Cemetery.

Veterans Services for North Andover and Boxford and Pack 89 invite you to attend a 
Flag Retirement Ceremony 
June 12, 2022 from 3 pm – 5 pm 
Ridgewood Cemetery 

Do you have a worn out, faded, or unserviceable flag?  Please bring it to the ceremony to be disposed of properly.  
Open to the public, all are welcome!

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Field of Honor 2022

The Exchange Club of Lawrence and the Andovers will offer its 4th Annual Field of Honor, displaying American Flags on the North Andover Town Common. 

This is a special event to honor veterans and first responders. Buy your flag today at xcflags.com.  Flags can also be purchased by sending a check and this form to the Exchange Club Lawrence-Andovers, 30 Mass Ave, North Andover, MA 01845 or, drop it off to an Exchange Member at the Field.


DISPLAY DATES
Saturday, May 21, 2022  thru Sunday, June 12, 2022

DEDICATION CEREMONIES
Saturday, June 11, 2022  10:00 AM
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