Veterans Tip of the Week
Buddies are Good Medicine.
I had a great two days that really recharged me and helped me connect
with a bunch of great veterans. It struck me that it was the simple act
of being together and just grab-assing and sharing stories that made me
feel better. And, I have to tell you I heard some great stories.
First was the annual Veterans Luncheon hosted by the Newburyport Yankee
Homecoming committee. This event, coordinated by Veteran and MA SAVE
(Statewide Advocacy for Veterans' Empowerment) Commonwealth of
Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services team member Donald Jarvis
hosted 260+ Veterans from WWII through present day. And had some great
speakers, Retired Navy SEAL Salvatore Defranco (who spoke on the very
issue of staying connected to one’s buddies) and WWII, Korea, Cold War
and Vietnam Navy Veteran Douglas Bryant who stays connected through
participating in veterans events. I meet a WWII veteran from my town
that I never knew about, and to see the smile on his face, tells me he
had a great day too.
The next day was the Veterans Fishing Trip hosted by the 101st Airborne
Division MA Special Events Home Base Chapter
We had 70 or so Veterans, again men and women from all eras, fishing,
smoking, and jawing. It was a fun, lighthearted affair. We were all just
ourselves and had a chance to take off the armor for a while.
So how do you get connected? Couldn’t be easier. Check around with
Facebook or the local veterans organizations for upcoming events, and
just sign up. That’s all I did.
Veteran's Coffee Social is FB page that has some MA and NH coffee
socials listed. Finding one in your area or even starting one yourself
will really help you connect.
So why connect? Because it makes you feel better! Hang with some fellow
veterans and just relax. Give it a chance and you will see.
As always, please feel free to PM me if you have questions regarding
your VA Benefits. If I don't know the answer, we will find it together.