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Healey unveils ‘historic’ HERO bill to expand supports for veterans
11-10-2023 5:06 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Calling it “historic,” Gov. Maura Healey unveiled legislation this week — timed to coincide with Veterans Day — that will increase benefits, modernize services and promote inclusivity for hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts veterans.Filed...

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Frontier students meet local veterans while placing flags for fallen heroes
05-24-2024 3:59 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Thanks to a collaboration between Frontier Regional School students and the Hale-Clapp Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3295, veterans’ graves in South Deerfield’s three cemeteries got fresh American flags ahead of Memorial...


South Hadley town administrator proposes merging three departments
02-22-2024 5:42 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — The town’s recreation and veterans services departments and the Council on Aging will merge under a new human services department in fiscal year 2025 to maximize impact of social and mental health services within new budget...


Partners hatching first brewery in Belchertown
01-26-2024 5:26 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

BELCHERTOWN — Since Arcpoint Brewery partners Chris Peterson, CJ Eldridge and Dave Pare began their mission to open a brewery and taproom several years ago, all three men were determined to put it in Belchertown.Following their slogan “brew with...


A voice for veterans: Injured in Afghanistan 13 years ago, South Hadley’s Brian Willette is now a key advocate for recognizing, helping veterans
11-10-2023 3:02 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — Brian Willette remembers the moment in 2010 like it was yesterday.While recovering at a small camp in Afghanistan from a head and back injury caused by an improvised explosive device that hit the gun truck he drove, the U.S. Army...


Park rises to honor Granby’s veterans: After a dozen years of planning, town to unveil its memorial park this Saturday
11-08-2023 4:32 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — Town veterans have a permanent home, at long last.After a dozen years of planning and fundraising, Granby Memorial Park is set for an official soft launch on Veterans Day this Saturday.“They’ve never really truly had an actual Veterans...


The power of breaking bread: New veteran coalition launches monthly luncheon in Easthampton
11-05-2023 8:36 AM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — As a veteran, Lin Chambliss knows firsthand the isolation and disconnect that comes with returning from the service.He himself missed part of his kids’ childhood, “time I can’t get back,” he said.“Many veterans, they feel forgotten… They...


Bridging a gap of understanding: Month-long visual arts and performance festival, “A Stone’s Throw,” examines the experiences of military veterans and their families
11-02-2023 2:17 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Though she was too young to understand many details at the time, Mollye Maxner remembers the Vietnam War had a profound effect on her family. Her father, Steve Maxner, served as a combat medic in the war and endured emotional turmoil from his...


Board to connect discharged vets with state benefits
09-21-2023 12:59 PM

By SAM DORAN

Gov. Maura Healey on Wednesday swore in the members of a new state board set to help get state benefits flowing to veterans who were denied an honorable discharge because of the U.S. military’s former “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.The reception in...


Velis backs call for louder veteran voice in Dem Party
08-21-2023 1:23 PM

By Chris Lisinski

One of the Legislature’s point people on veterans’ affairs threw his support behind a campaign to give service members a bigger role in Massachusetts Democratic Party conventions. Sen. John Velis of Westfield, who co-chairs the Veterans and Federal...


Veteran honored on Easthampton banner remembered as loving dad
08-21-2023 12:47 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

Note: This is the first in a series of profiles on veterans honored in Easthampton’s military banner program. EASTHAMPTON — Born in Montague in 1920, Tadeus Glazewski — known by most simply as “Ted” or “Teddy” — was a fun-loving father and...


‘A time for renewal’: At groundbreaking, veterans look to future with new $483M home
08-14-2023 5:36 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HOLYOKE — An Air Force veteran who served the United States from 1950 to 1954, Dennis Thresher was at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke when he contracted COVID in 2020, was hospitalized with the illness four times and died from pneumonia in January...


Sen. Velis: State budget ‘very robust’ for veterans
08-09-2023 5:40 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

Five separate initiatives supporting veterans of all walks of life are included in the state’s $56 billion fiscal 2024 budget signed into law Wednesday.The budget includes around $1.7 million for programs championed by state Sen. John Velis,...


Easthampton military banner program brings recognition, donations to local veterans
07-16-2023 10:34 AM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — Last winter, some of the money raised from a military tribute banner project was put toward buying new boots and wool socks for three Easthampton veterans who couldn’t afford them.Now, for the sixth year, the banners are once again...


For this warrior, art heals: An Easthampton studio where veterans use art therapy to work through tough times
07-05-2023 6:01 PM

By EMILY THURLOW

EASTHAMPTON — As the invisible wounds of war continue to take a toll on veterans, one city native is fighting a mission off the battlefield through art therapy.For the past seven years, Steve Jones has been providing veterans, active duty members and...


Family of slain Deerfield vet plans memorial 5K
05-25-2023 3:34 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

DEERFIELD — The parents of Meaghan Burns, a U.S. corpsman killed by a peer four years ago, have organized a 5K this holiday weekend to honor all fallen American service members.Carolyn and Matthew Burns teamed with “wear blue: run to remember” to hold...


SJC ruling revives case against Soldiers’ Home leaders in COVID deaths of veterans
04-27-2023 7:28 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

A criminal trial can proceed against two former Holyoke Soldiers’ Home officials accused of negligence that led to the deaths of elderly veteran residents early in the COVID-19 pandemic, the state’s highest court ruled Thursday.In a 5-2 decision that...


‘We welcome you home’: South Hadley recognizes Vietnam veterans
03-30-2023 5:39 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

SOUTH HADLEY — When Jim Bouchard returned to the United States after serving as a medic in the Vietnam War, he was called a “baby killer” by a stranger in a bar.On Wednesday, he was one of many veterans recognized in a Vietnam Veterans Day...


Former Marine from Buckland apologizes for lying about military service
08-08-2022 7:50 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

BUCKLAND — A former U.S. Marine is apologizing to his fellow veterans and the community at large after it was discovered he has embellished his military service and received medals and money he had not earned.Investigations by the Upper Pioneer Valley...


Memorial Day events around the Valley
05-26-2022 6:10 PM

Easthampton A parade will step off at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 30, beginning on Clark Street, according to South Hadley-Easthampton Veterans Agent Michael Slater. The parade will travel onto Cottage Street and Union Street, turn right on Main Street,...


As Trump wages war on legal marijuana, military veterans side with pot
07-23-2017 9:55 AM

By Evan Halper and Lauren Rosenblatt

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s attack on legal marijuana, already stymied by large states determined not to roll back the clock, is increasingly confronting an even more politically potent adversary: military veterans.Frustrated by federal...

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