This is a listing of upcoming, periodic events of interest to veterans. There are also ongoing events that occur regularly. To submit an event for consideration, email MDVS@vet.state.ma.us.

Free Training for First Responders & Healthcare Professionals on Dealing with a Veteran's Invisible Wounds

Calling all First Responders (including Police, Fire, EMTs, Nurses and Allied Health Professionals):

The Home Base Program is offering free, online, on demand, accredited, short training videos on PTSD, traumatic brain injury, substance abuse, identifying suicide risk, and understanding how military culture impacts care. The series is aimed at educating those who have regular contact with veterans, and have the opportunity to recognize those at risk or in need of service.

Each session is under an hour in length, includes firsthand accounts from Veterans, as well as a robust list of resources for further care. There are 380,000 Veterans currently living in Massachusetts. One in three Veterans suffer from an invisible wound of war. Help us improve the identification, care, and referral of those Veterans who are suffering. See the videos here.

For more information and to register visit these sites:  www.homebase.org/firstresponders and www.homebase.org/healthprofessionals

ABC's "Shark Tank" Looking for Veteran Entrepreneurs for Season 8

If you're a veteran and have a product/idea that you think could sell, consider applying for "Shark Tank." Shark Tank is a show about entrepreneurs who have the chance to sell their ideas to investors.To apply and learn more about this opportunity, visit their website. If you have any questions, contact Caren Sachs at 310-244-1336, or email her at cmscasting@gmail.com.

Veterans Voice CapeFLYER Train to the Troops in the Spotlight Event in Hyannis

When: Sunday, May 29, 2016, 8 AM  Where: South Station, Atlantic Avenue and Summer Street, Boston, MA 02110

The Cape Flyer Train will be providing free transportation for veterans and a guest to attend the Cape Cod "Troops in the Spotlight" event in Hyannis. The train will depart from South Station at 8 AM, but will make stops in Braintree, Brockton, Middleboro, and Wareham to pick up veterans and families. The train will arrive in Hyannis at 10:20 a.m. Entertainment and a continental breakfast will be served on the train. The train will leave Hyannis at 6:40 PM, where a light dinner will be served, arriving back in Boston at 9:02 p.m.Veterans may bring one guest, who must be registered by the veteran at time of RSVP.

Space is available for 600 people, send request to VeteransVoiceRadio@gmail.com or visit the Eventbrite page here.

Annual Memorial Day Observances at the State Veterans' Cemeteries

When: Monday, May 30, 8:45 AM  Where: Veterans' Memorial Cemetery in Winchendon, 111 Glenallen Street, Winchendon, MA 01475

When: Monday, May 30, 12:45 PM  Where: Veterans' Memorial Cemetery in Agawam, 1390 Main Street, Agawam, MA 01001

Lynn Memorial Day: Week-Long Tribute to the Fallen

When: Monday, May 30, 10 AM  Where: Breed Square, Lynn, MA 01905 
Polish Legion of American Veterans Memorial Day Service; sponsored by the PLAV, Post 56 & Auxiliary

When: Monday, May 30, forms at 12:30 PM, steps off at 1:30 PM  Where: Begins at North Shore Community College (Washington Street entrance, 879 Washington Street, Lynn, MA 01902) and ends in front of Pine Grove Cemetery (145 Boston Street, Lynn, MA 01904)
Memorial Day Parade: stage will be at Washington Street and Broad street; Route: Market Street, City Hall Square, North Common Street, Park Street, Boston Street, ends in front of Pine Grove Cemetery.

Complimentary Lunch or Dinner at McCormick & Schmick's

When: Monday, May 30  Where: McCormick & Schmick's, 1 North Market Building, Faneuil Hall Market Place, Boston, MA 02109

To say thank you for your service, McCormick & Schmick's is offering a free meal to all veterans and active duty military (with a military ID) from a special Memorial Day menu. See it here pdf format of Memorial Day Menu
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Veterans Upward Bound Workshop/Summer Session

When: Tuesday, June 14–Thursday, June 16 Where: Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Avenue, Charlestown, MA 02129

This is a three day workshop at Bunkerhill Community College, in partnership with the Veterans Upward Bound program at UMass Boston, that is free to veterans. This workshop will help veterans academically prepare for college level work, understand the culture and operations of a college/university, and be strategic with GI Bill education benefits. 

When: Tuesday, July 5–Friday, July 29 Where: UMass Boston, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125

The summer session of Veterans Upward Bound at UMass Boston will help veterans acquire necessary skills for academic success, and is also free to all veterans. The summer session will help veterans academically prepare for college level work, understand the culture and operations of a college/university, and be strategic with GI Bill education benefits. The session will cover math, English, foreign language, literature, civics, lab science, and study and computer skills; see the course descriptions here doc format of VUB Course Descriptions Su16
. The session will be for veterans only, with experienced instructors, and will offer career and college counseling, tutorial and academic assistance/advice, and expose veterans to academic programs and activities outside of the classroom. To apply, follow these instructions doc format of VUB Application Instructions Su16
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Veterans may attend one or both of these events. If you have any questions, feel free to email veteransupwardbound@umb.edu or call 617-287-5870.

Operation Delta Dog Fundraiser

When: Tuesday, June 14, 7:10 PM  Where: Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215

Purchase tickets to June 14th's Red Sox game here to support Operation Delta Dog! This nonprofit organization provides veterans with service dogs, with no cost to them! All the dogs are rescued from shelters, trained to work as service dogs, and find their forever home with local veterans who suffer from PTSD and TBI. Note: only tickets bought through this link will benefit Operation Delta Dog. 

Free Dental Care for Veterans from Aspen Dental

When: Saturday, June 25, by appointment (call 1-844-AspenHMM)  Where: 400 Aspen Dental Locations

Veterans can receive free dental care on Saturday, June 25th for Aspen Dental's national Day of Service for their Healthy Mouth Movement initiative. Nearly 400 Aspen Dental locations in 33 states will be participating, making this event the largest "single-day oral health initiative for veterans" in 2016. To make an appointment, call 1-844-AspenHMM (1-844-271-36466); there are over 20 locations in Massachusetts!

Brides Across America: Wedding Dress Give Away

When: Tuesday, July 5, 10 AM–7 PM & Thursday, July 7, 11 AM–2 PM Where: Tulle Bridal, 362 North Main Street, Andover, MA 01810

Operation Wedding Gown will be in Andover this July! Military brides must make an appointment at the salon to receive a free wedding dress. Active duty and veterans who have been deployed within the past five years and active first responders are eligible. Register for the Give Away at Tulle Bridal here.

The Wall That Heals in West Springfield

When: Thursday, August 18–Sunday, August 21  Where: Eastern States Exposition (The Big E) Grounds, 875 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA 01089

The Wall That Heals is a traveling replica of The Wall in Washington, D.C. for the fallen service members of the Vietnam War. The Wall That Heals is brought to different communities around the US to remember the fallen and "tell the story" of the Vietnam War. Learn more on their website.