The following facilities offer support groups and other services to military families:

Community Services
Devens RFTA
30 Quebec Street Bldg 666, Room 130
Devens, MA 01434
(978) 796-3023
(978) 796-3119

Hanscomb Family Support Center
20 Kirtland Street, Bldg 1218
Lexington, MA 02421
(781) 377-4222

Westover AFB
Family Support
Chicopee, MA 01022
(413) 557-1110

Massachusetts National Guard
Family Support
Office of the Adjutant General
50 Maple Street
Milford, MA 01757
(508) 582-4166

 

Family Members of POW/MIA Service Members

Each military branch has a service casualty office to serve family members of POW or MIA service members. The Department of State also has a casualty office to serve family members of civilian defense employees. Military officials can explain how missing service members are accounted for and efforts being made to bring service members home. Casualty assistance officers act as liaisons to family members. If you are the family member of POW or MIA service member visit Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel for more information, or contact the appropriate casualty assistance officer listed below.

Air Force
USAF Missing Persons Branch
550 C Street West, Suite 15
Randolph AFB, TX 78150-4716
1 (800) 531-5501

Army
Department of the Army
U.S. Army Human Resources Command
ATTN: AHRC-PER
200 Stovall Street
Alexandria, VA 22332-0482
1 (800) 892-2490

Marine Corps
Headquarters U. S. Marine Corps
Manpower and Reserve Affairs (MRC)
Personal and Family Readiness Division
3280 Russell Road
Quantico, VA 22134-5103
1 (800) 847-1597

 

Other Resources for Family Members

Fisher House

Military service members and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care. Fisher House provides family members of veterans and active duty service members with a place to stay while their loved ones receive medical treatment. The Fisher House™ program is a unique private-public partnership that donates "comfort homes" on or near the grounds of most major military or VA medical centers. These homes are given to the U.S. Government as gifts and are operated by the military service secretaries and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

There is no charge for any family to stay at a Fisher House operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Fisher House Foundation uses donations to reimburse the individual Fisher Houses operated by the Army, Navy, and Air Force.

Fisher House may construct housing at the VA Medical Center in West Roxbury, MA and currently has comfort homes located at every major military medical facility, including Landstuhl, Germany where many OEF/OIF veterans are treated. Visit the Fisher House website for a list of existing locations.

The Yellow Ribbon Fund

The Yellow Ribbon Fund is a non-profit organization that was created in early 2005 to assist injured service members and their families while they recuperate at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center. The Yellow Ribbon Fund assists veterans and their families during their stay at these medical centers by providing free car rentals, cab vouchers, hotel rooms, apartments, job mentoring and internship programs and free tickets to cultural and sporting events.

For more information visit Yellow Ribbon Fund, Inc. or call (240) 223-1180

Wounded Warrior Project

The Wounded Warrior Project provides a variety of types of assistance to veterans and their families, including financial assistance, counseling, benefits information, employment assistance, and assistance transitioning to civilian life. For more information visit The Wounded Warrior Project or call (202) 425-9272.

America Supports You

America Supports You is a Department of Defense program that provides opportunities for citizens to show their support for the US Armed Forces. America Supports You connects individuals, organizations and companies to hundreds of home front groups offering a variety of support to the military community. America Supports You provides a list of organizations that support service members, veterans, and their families in a variety of ways, from care packages to scholarships and financial support.

Canines for Combat Veterans

Canines for Combat Veterans is a project of New England Assistance Dog Services (NEADS) based in Princeton, Massachusetts. NEADS provides extensive training for service dogs to assist veterans with physical disabilities so that they can maintain their independence. Service dogs are trained to provide support including picking up items from the floor or counter top, turning lights on and off, pushing elevator buttons, pulling a wheelchair a short distance, and getting help for the disabled owner. NEADS dogs are granted public access rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

To be eligible to receive a dog, individuals must spend two weeks attending a training course with their dog and pay a fee. NEADS offers fundraising assistance, and flexible payment options. It is NEADS' policy not to deny any application on the basis of the applicant's ability to pay.

Sew Much Comfort

Sew Much Comfort provides adaptive clothing free of charge to support the unique needs of injured service members from all branches of the military and National Guard. The organization will custom design or adapt existing clothing items to accommodate injured service members with prosthetics and other medical devices. Simple changes such as adding a Velcro closure to the side seam on an ordinary pair of pants may enable injured service members to be more independent and recover with dignity and comfort. Clothing is distributed at VA and military hospitals.