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.

RAND Study on Active Duty Military, Veterans, Reservists, and Guard Members

The RAND Corporation is conducting a study on past and present service members, and their families in Massachusetts. The short survey asks about the challenges, issues, and opportunities service members face. All participants receive a $5 gift card to Dunkin' Donuts. To participate or see more information, visit rand.org/health/projects/massachusetts-vets/survey.html  

 

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.

Veterans Upward Bound Summer Session

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.

American Red Cross Blood Drive

When: Wednesday, July 6, 9 AM–2:30 PM  Where: Northampton VA Hospital, 421 North Main Street, Leeds, MA 01062

The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive to combat a summer storage. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred. Call 1-800-Red Cross (733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information and to make an appointment.

Vietnam Veterans Appreciation Parade

When: Saturday, August 6, 9 AM  Where: East & State Street, Ludlow, MA 01056

This parade, hosted by the town of Ludlow, will honor and thank veterans of the Vietnam War, including POWs and those who were MIA. A ceremony will follow the parade on the steps of the Town Hall. Rain date will be August 7.

The Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall Memorial

When: Wednesday, August 10–Sunday, August 14  Where: Gore Place, Grove Street Entrance, Waltham, MA 02453

"The Moving Wall" is a half-size traveling replica of the Washington, D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which honors the fallen service members of the Vietnam War. The Wall will be open to visitors 24/7, and will feature an information tent to locate names and provide materials for a rubbing. Exhibit tents will also have documents, pictures, and memorabilia. Programs will be held on August 11th and 12th at 7 PM, and August 13th and 14th at 2 PM. Learn more here.

The Wall That Heals in Massachusetts

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

When: Thursday, November 3–Sunday, November 6  Where: TBD

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.