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 & Community Job and Resource Fair

When: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 2–3 PM (Veterans only), 3–5 PM (General Public) Where: North Shore Community College, Lynn Campus Gym, 300 Broad Street, Lynn, MA 01901

This free fair in Lynn will have 60 employers, veterans service providers, local colleges and universities, and more! From 2 to 3 PM, the fair will only be open to veterans, but veterans can come anytime between 2 and 5. To see a list of all employers attending, visit http://www.northshore.edu/veterans/. For more information, contact Kristine Babcock at 978-762-4187 or by email.

Brides Across America: Wedding Dress Give Away

When: Thursday, May 5 & Friday, May 6, 7 AM–10 AM Where: Special Event Bridal Shop, Solomon Pond Mall, 601 Donald Lynch Boulevard, Marlborough, MA 01752

Operation Wedding Gown is being held at two locations in MA—the first on May 5 and 6 in Marlborough. Military brides can make an appointment at the salon and 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 Massachusetts give aways here.

Commonwealth Job Fair

When: Thursday, May 12, 10 AM–3 PM Where: Great Hall (2nd Floor), Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02133

Sponsored by the Human Resources Division's Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity in partnership with the Executive Branch agencies, MA State Colleges and Universities, Trial Courts, MassDOT, and the Authorities, this event will promote employment opportunities in the Massachusetts State Government! To learn more visit Mass.Gov/HRD/CareerFair2016 and register here.

Star Spangled Afternoon (Fundraiser)

When: Sunday, May 15, 2016  Where: The Log Cabin, 500 Easthampton Road, Holyoke, MA 01040

This fundraiser, hosted by the Massachusetts and Rhode Island chapters of the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., is raising money to support the recreation programs at the VA medical centers in MA and RI, as well as the two MA soldiers' homes. The afternoon will feature dinner stations, entertainment from local performers, the traveling tribute wall "Faces of Remembrance," and a silent auction. The fundraiser will also support programs at the centers for homeless veterans in Boston, Shrewsbury, and Worcester. For more information, call Karen Lounsbury at 617-899-4489 or John Paradis at 413-387-9966. See the flyer and purchase tickets here.

PNH: Singles, Couples, and Family Retreat

When: Friday, May 20–Sunday, May 22  Where: Grotonwood Camp and Conference Center, 167 Prescott Street, Groton, MA 01450

This Project New Hope retreat is for the veteran, spouse or partner of the veteran and the veteran's child/children. This retreat is to help veterans and their families relax and enjoy each other's company, strengthening the bond between families and making memories. Space is limited; register here.

8th Annual Women Veterans Network Conference

When: Saturday, May 21, 9 AM  Where: ASC Auditorium, UMass Medical Center, 55 Lake Street North, Worcester, MA 01604

The eighth annual Women Veterans Network Conference will begin at 9 AM with check in, and the opening ceremony will begin at 10 AM. If you'd like to register to attend, click here! If you'd like to be an exhibitor, please contact us here. For more information, check out the Women Veterans Conference page on our website!

Paddy's Give Back to Veterans (Fundraiser)

When: Sunday, May 22, 2 PM  Where: Hugh O'Neill's, 42 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148

This afternoon will feature Irish songs, music, raffles, auctions, and more, in honor all Irish descendants that have received the US Congressional Medal of Honor.This tribute will raise money for Fisher House Boston. See the Facebook event here.Visit PaddysGiveBack.com for more information and tickets.  

Boston Hiring Expo at Fenway Park

When: Tuesday, May 24, 11 AM–2 PM  Where: Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215

Hiring our Heroes is hosting a free hiring fair with networking opportunities and workshops for veterans, active duty military members, guard and reserve members, and military spouses. Each participant is eligible to receive up to two free tickets to that evening's Red Sox game versus the Rockies. Employers and military members can register at HiringOurHeroes.org.

Third Annual Flag Raising Ceremony

When: Thursday, May 26, 8 AM  Where: PENTA Communications, 208 Turnpike Road, Westborough, MA 01581

The third annual Flag Raising Ceremony will be honoring Massachusetts veterans as a way to thank them for their service. 

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.

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. 

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.