InFocus: Military family, active duty and veteran support programs

Each November 11th, we honor veterans on Veterans Day. But the entire month of November is also Military Family Appreciation Month.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Each November 11th, we honor veterans on Veterans Day. But did you know that November is also Military Family Appreciation Month?

This week on 22News InFocus we’ll be talking about the unique challenges faced by military families, active duty personnel and veterans.

Even when we are not at war, they deal with stresses such as frequent moves or the absence of a spouse or parent. Deployment to a war zone creates additional issues for a family to handle. Our  panel of guests represent programs that provide services and resource to support  families, active personnel, and veterans.

You can watch 22News InFocus this Sunday at noon, LIVE on the air or streaming on your mobile device using the 22News app. And if you miss it, you’ll find it on our website at WWLP.com.

Below are links and contact information from our guests. Use them to learn more about support services for military families, active military, and veterans, or to find out how to make donations or volunteer.

SOLDIER ON: http://www.wesoldieron.org/

Toll free number to contact us for supportive service for Veteran and Families: 866-406-8449, Michael Hagmaier -413-822-8240

AIRMAN AND FAMILY READINESS PROGRAMBarnes Air National Guard Base, Lisa Potito-manager

Lisa.m.potito.civ@mail.mil 413-568-9151 x 6981183

PIONEER VALLEY USO-250 Jenkins Street,Westover ARB, MA 01022,  Pioneervalleyuso.org  

Rob Baron, Board of Directors and Public Information Officer, 413-557-3290, pioneervalleyuso.pio@gmail.com

AIRMAN AND FAMILY READINESS PROGRAM- Westover Air Reserve Base, Shanna King, manager-413-557-3024

MASSACHUSETTS GOLD STAR MOTHERShttp://www.massgoldstarmothers.com/

Tracy J. Taylor, President, Western Mass Gold Star Mothers, Tractaylor1@aol.com

UPCOMING EVENTS:

PIONEER VALLEY USO:

November 11, 2017  8:00 am- 11:00 am: 2017 Pioneer Valley USO Veteran’s Day Breakfast, The Log Cabin, Holyoke.

November 12, 2017  Food Drive Stop & Shop Westfield, MA 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

November 18-19, 2017  Food Drive at Chicopee and Belchertown Stop & Shop 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

If anyone wishes to volunteer for USO, they can sign up at volunteers.uso.org

WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS GOLD STAR MOTHERS:

November 10, 9am-12pm-Town of Ludlow Veterans Day Ceremony,Exit 7 Theater, 37 Chestnut Street.

November 10, 5:30-11pm- Patriot Salute to our Veterans Dinner Dance, The Log Cabin, Holyoke

November 11, 12pm-4pm- West Springfield’s Veterans Day Parade and Celebration.  Parade steps off at noon at St. Thomas Cemetery, Kings Highway. Ceremony, food and music on Park Street Town Common, 1-4pm.

November 12, Honor and Remember Night with Springfield Thunderbirds, 3:05pm-6:05pm, MassMutual Center, Springfield.