Greetings on this snowy day,

For your information and to share with others in your community, below and attached, is an updated list of upcoming Veteran-related activities and outreach events in our region.  I’ve added several events to the calendar, thanks to the many submissions I’ve received.

As always, if you have a Veteran-related event, please send a summary of the event to me – the who, what, when, and where — and I will add it to my next update.

And, if you’d prefer to not receive this list, please send me a note and I will remove you from my distribution.



  John Paradis

  Community Outreach Specialist

  VA New England Healthcare System




(Current as of 13 MAR 18)


Free Luncheons for Veterans and Networking Opportunities

Springfield: Mondays, 1-2 p.m., Bilingual Veterans Outreach Centers of Mass., Inc., 281 Franklin St.
 Wednesdays, 12-1:30 p.m., “The Deuce,” 50 Conz St.
Holyoke: Thursdays, 12-1:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Church Auditorium, 485 Appleton St.
Greenfield: Thursdays, 12-1:30 p.m., Lodge of Elks #1296, 2 Church St., #5.

Longmeadow: First Wed. of the month, 231 Maple Road (call to register, (413) 565-4150)

West Springfield: Last Wed. of the month, 11:30-1, Grace Lutheran Church, 1552 Westfield St.





For More Info

New England Adventures 2018 Schedule. New England Adventures provides outdoor sporting events for New England Veterans, service members and their families

2018 schedule of events now on the New England Adventures web site

Various locations throughout New England

Event calendar

RGH “Resilience Grows Here” Road Show. This is a resource evening with access to veteran service officer, veteran organizations, vocational resources, community service providers, and service dog trainer

Wed, Mar 21, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Barkhamsted Senior Center, 109 West River Road, Barkhamsted, CT

Leesa Philippon

Gold Star Mother / US Army Veteran

Communication & Outreach Coordinator RGH Farmington Valley Health District

(860) 352-2333, ext.324

CHD Disability Resources in western Massachusetts offers martial arts for ages 4 to 22 and individuals with a physical disability, developmental disability and/or visual impairment

Tuesday nights, through Apr 24

22 Center St., Chicopee

For costs, specific times and more information,

5th Annual Veterans Resource Fair (2nd Connecticut Congressional District Veterans Resource Fair)

Thu, Mar 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Three Rivers Community College, 574 New London Turnpike, Norwich, CT

Sharon P. Lincoln

Three Rivers Community College,

(860) 215-9264,






VA outreach with Springfield Vet Center and VA health care at the Western Mass Home Show

Thu-Sun, Mar 22-25

Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield

Bryan Doe, Springfield Vet Center,

or John Paradis, VA New England Healthcare System, (413) 387-9966,

Pittsfield Area VA Agent Orange Seminar & Town Hall

Sat, Mar 24, 12 to 3:30 p.m.

Reid Middle School, 950 North St., Pittsfield

Jim Clark, City of Pittsfield Veterans’ Services Department, (413) 499-9433

Westbrook Elk Lodge 1784 Vets Appreciation Luncheon

Sat, Mar 24, 11:30 a.m.

Westbrook Elks, 142 Seaside Ave., Westbrook, CT

Philip Sengle, 552-4540 for reservations or questions

Palmer Area Veteran Services Outreach Event with veterans services from Palmer, Wilbraham, Ware, Ludlow and Belchertown. VA outreach and Springfield Vet Center representatives.  Mobile Vet Center

Wed, Mar 28, 3 to 7 p.m.

Big Y, 1180 Thondike St., Palmer

Troy Brin, Palmer Department of Veterans’ Services, (413 283-2610

Vietnam Veterans Day Commemoration.  The public is invited to attend a lapel pinning ceremony to honor Vietnam Veterans followed by the showing of the documentary “In the Shadow of the Blade”

Thu, Mar 29, 10 a.m. for ceremony followed by the documentary showing at 11 a.m.

Springfield Vet Center, 95 Ashley Ave., West Springfield

Bryan Doe, Springfield Vet Center, (413) 737-5167 or

Vietnam Veterans Day Commemoration

Thu, Mar 29, 11 a.m.

Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Green Hill Park, Worcester

Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services

Team Red, White and Blue Hartford Night with the Hartford Wolf Pack hockey team

Sat, Mar 31, doors open at 6 p.m., puck drops at 7 p.m.

XL Center, Hartford

Lori Spillane






Disabled American Veterans 2018 Mobile Service Office (MSO) Schedule for New England.  The DAV “office on wheels” will visit several communities throughout New England, starting this spring.  The MSO program provides support to Veterans in developing and filing claims for benefits under local, state and federal laws

April through September

Various locations throughout New England

For a complete schedule and locations near you, visit

VA outreach and Mobile Vet Center at the Northeast Fishing and Hunting Show

Fri-Sun, 6-8 Apr with military appreciation day and free admission for Veterans on Saturday, Apr 7

Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford

VA New England Healthcare System,

Veterans Legal Clinic Discharge Upgrade Training for Veterans and Veteran service providers.  Training and advocacy tops presented by Dana Montalto, attorney and clinical instructor, Veterans Legal Clinic, Legal Services Center of Harvard University Law School.  Training will include information about the laws and rules that govern discharge upgrade and correction of records processes

Tue, Apr 10, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Veterans Association of Western Massachusetts, “The Deuce,” 50 Conz St., Northampton

Veterans Legal Clinic, veterans

The Career Expo for People with Disabilities and Wounded Warriors. Fortune 500 companies and government agencies will be looking to recruit new talent. Business attire required, bring numerous copies of resume. Sponsored by Association on Higher Education and Disability and Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities

Thu, Apr. 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel, 110 Huntington Ave., 3rd Floor, Boston







Project New Hope Inc. offers its 2018 retreat schedule for Veterans and their family members

PTSD, Fri-Sun, Apr. 20-22

LGBTQ Veterans Retreat, Fri-Sun, May 18-20

Native American Women Veterans Retreat, Fri-Sun, Jun 8-10

Caregivers Retreat, Sun-Thu, Jul 8-12

Military Kids Summer Camp, Sun-Thu, Aug 12-17

Military Family Retreat, Sun-Thu, Aug 26-31

Talk and Veterans Mindfulness Meditation Day, Fri-Sun, Sep 14-16

Women Veterans Retreat, Fri-Sun, Oct 12-14

Various locations

Bill Moore,; and on the web

Film Screening of Almost Sunrise Documentary, followed by a panel discussion on Healing and Recovery.   Event is free. Almost Sunrise is a film about two young Iraq war veterans who embark on an extraordinary journey—a 2,700 mile trek on foot across America–to come to terms with their experience and bridge the wide cultural gap between veterans and civilians

Wed, Apr 25, doors open at 5:30 p.m., documentary starts at 6:00 p.m.

Westfield State University, Parenzo building, Dever Stage,  577 Western Ave, Westfield

Lisa Ducharme

Westfield State University, for more information or tickets.

(413) 572-8370






Loyalty Day hosted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Massachusetts

11 a.m., Apr 29 with collation to follow

USS Massachusetts at Battleship Cove, 5 Water St., Fall River

VFW Massachusetts, (617) 727-2612

Stars & Stripes Day ‘18 Veterans Resource Festival. Event features claims assistance, financial services, career development, healthcare resources, community resources, housing resources, economic empowerment, legal resources, educational resources, prospective employers. Meals & Refreshments.
Shuttle service for the event is available; call in advance to make a reservation

Tue, May 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Tower Square Food Court, 1500 Main St., Springfield

Springfield Partners for Community Action. For more information or pre-registration options call: (413)263-6500(ask for Veteran Services)

VA outreach at the Willimantic CT 3rd Thursday Street Festival

3rd Thu each month May-September, 6 to 9 p.m.

Main Street, Willimantic

VA New England Healthcare System

John Paradis,


VA outreach at the NoHo Pride Parade and Resource Fair

Sat, May 5, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

3 County Fairgrounds, 54 Fair St., Northampton

VA Central Western Massachusetts outreach at (413) 584-4040extension 2582


VA Town Hall with VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System, Worcester outpatient clinic, VA Boston Regional Office of VA Benefits Administration and National Cemetery Administration. Benefits information and VA enrollment in VA health care

Thu, May 17

Beechwood Hotel, Worcester

VA Central Western Massachusetts outreach at (413) 584-4040 extension 2582

The 69th Connecticut Armed Forces Day Luncheon featuring keynote speaker Brig. Gen. Jeffrey W. Drushal, chief of transportation, U.S. Army Transportation Corps

Fri, May 18, social hour begins at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon

Aqua Turf Club, 565 Mulberry St., Southington, CT

Sgt. 1st Class William Blake, (860) 493-2750 or






“The Story Behind Black Hawk Down” talk back and discussion about the Battle of Mogadishu and Operation Gothic Serpent with Gerry Izzo, CW04, U.S. Army (ret). Reception to immediately follow with appetizers and meet and greet

Fri, May 18, doors open at 4:30 p.m., event begins at 5 p.m.

Event at Longmeadow High School Auditorium, 95 Grassy Gutter Road, Longmeadow, with reception afterward at Nathan Bill’s TJS Banquet Hall, 110 Island Pond Road, Springfield

Lena Vellturo, Town of Longmeadow director of veterans services, (413) 565-4100 ext. 1403,

Hartford Yard Goats Armed Forces Day Military Appreciation Night, VA health care outreach

Fri, May 18, 7:05 p.m.

Dunkin Donuts Park, 1214 Main St., Hartford

Women Veterans Network 10th Annual Conference featuring Lila Holley, Army combat Veteran and visionary author behind the Camouflaged Sisters book series

Sat, May 19

31 Andrews Parkway, Devens

Secure reservations at

Bone Frog New England Challenge with Navy SEAL-style obstacles

Sat, May 19 with start times beginning every 15 minutes from 8:30 a.m. to noon

66 Thunder Mountain Road, Charlemont

7th Annual Victory4Veterans Motorcycle Run in support of local Veterans in western Mass.  BBQ meal and live music featuring Jack Russell’s Great White

Registration, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., with kickstand up at noon, Sat, May 19.

Starts at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, ends at Waterfront Tavern, 920 Main St., Holyoke


150th Memorial Day Parade, longest continuously run parade in America, with VA outreach.  Veteran groups and military organizations welcome to participate

Parade starts at 1 p.m., with ceremony to follow


Central Hampshire Veterans’ Services, (413) 587-1299






VFW District 7 Massachusetts Riders motorcycle run, 30 to 50 miles. All Veterans invited regardless of whether or not they ride

Sat Jun 2 stands up around 11 a.m.

Starts in Florence at VFW Post 8006 and ends at Look Park in Florence where there will be food, drink and music

Ken White  VFW District 7 Riders President and VFW District 7 Chaplin,

Military Exposures Town Hall

Wed, Jun 13, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Greenfield Community College, Greenfield

Upper Pioneer Valley Veterans’ Services District, (413) 772-1571

Worcester Veterans Inc. Stand Down to assist Veterans in need and their families

Fri, Jun 15

Veterans Inc., 69 Grove Street, Worcester

Veterans Inc., (508) 791-1213 extension 1162 or

Valley Blue Sox baseball Military Appreciation Day with free admission for Veterans

Sun, Jul 1

MacKenzie Field, Holyoke

VA Central Western Massachusetts outreach at (413) 584-4040extension 2582

The Wall That Heals (Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica) and Mobile Education Center

Thu, Jul 12, 8 p.m. to Sun, July 15 at 3 p.m.

Crocker Field, Fitchburg

The Wall That Heals Fitchburg Facebook Page


Great New England Air & Space Show

Sat-Sun, Jul 14-15

Westover Air Reserve Base, Chicopee

VA New England Healthcare System,

Worcester Bravehearts baseball Military Appreciation Night with free admission for Veterans and recognition ceremony along with  VA health care and Worcester Vet Center outreach areas

Fri, Jul 20

Hannover Insurance Park at Fitton Field, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St., Worcester

Hartford Yard Goats Home Run for Heroes Night with VA health care outreach

Sat, Aug 11, 6:05 p.m.

Dunkin Donuts Park, 1214 Main St., Hartford

VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System update to the Northampton Veterans Luncheon

Wed, Aug 15, noon

The Deuce, 50 Conz St., Northampton

VA Central Western  outreach at (413) 584-4040 extension 2582





Project New Hope Inc. Golf Tournament

Sat, Aug 18, registration starts at noon with shot gun start at 1 p.m.

Heritage Country Club, 85 Sampson Country Club, Charlton

CDR Robyn Coons, tournament administrator, (978) 796-1084 or (508) 887-6264,

VA, Central Hampshire Services and VOICE outreach at the  Cummington Fair

Thu-Sun, Aug 23-26


Central Hampshire Veterans’ Services,(413) 587-1299

Military Appreciation Night (free admission for Veterans) at the 3 County Fair

Fri, Aug 31


VA Central Western Massachusetts outreach at (413) 584-4040 extension 2582

Military Appreciation Day (free admission for Veterans) at The Big E sponsored by VA New England Healthcare System with representatives from VA medical centers and Vet Centers from throughout New England and veterans services organizations from across southern New England. VA’s largest outreach event in the nation with local and state providers

Fri, Sep 14

Eastern States Exposition, Wes Springfield

VA New England Healthcare System,

VA outreach at the Durham CT Fair

Fri-Sun, Sep. 27-30 with military appreciation day and free admission for Veterans on Sunday

Durham Fair, CT

VA New England Healthcare System,

Western Massachusetts Stand Down for Veterans, featuring benefits and services for Veterans and their family members, to include housing, health care, flu shots, employers, clothing items, hair cuts, claims assistance, and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs representatives

Fri, Oct. 5, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Greek Cultural Center, 16 Plainfield St., Springfield

Bilingual Veterans Outreach Centers Inc., of Massachusetts, (413) 731-0194, and on the Western Mass Stand Down Facebook page.