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Williamstown Veterans Home to Cease Current Operation

A big driver in the decision is an institutional change in focus at the Department of Veterans Affairs, which in recent years has placed more emphasis on placing homeless vets into permanent housing, rather than using the temporary, transitional beds at “Grant Per Diem” homes like Turner House.

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PHS Baseball Team Throws Cookout For Soldier On Veterans

At 18 years old many young men had found themselves in the midst of battles overseas. They returned with limited support, with post traumatic stress, chronic illness, and often living on the streets. Since then some of them found their way to Soldier On, which cares and helps pick homeless veterans back up and onto their feet.

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Pittsfield Honors Vietnam Veterans at Annual Ceremony

In the decade-long Vietnam War 58,000 people died and 27 of those were from Berkshire County. On Saturday local veterans groups honored those 27 and all of those who went overseas during that conflict. The local chapters of the Vietnam Veterans of America, American Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Wars held the hour-long event in Park Square, where the city's Vietnam War memorial has stood for the last 30 years.

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Veterans Sleep Outside in North Adams to Raise Homelessness Awareness

After serving in Afghanistan for the U.S. Army Justin Pierce returned home to a good job and a savings account. But it was fleeting. Soon enough the now 25-year-old was laid off and slowly watched his bank account dwindle. He downsized his apartment but still struggled living in fear that if the car broke down or any little thing occurred, he'd be in serious trouble. He was stressed and depressed.

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America Legion Riders to Law Enforcement: Thank You!

The American Legion Riders hold two motorcycle runs every year to raise money to support veterans and have never had an accident. Part of the reason is because law enforcement in a number of towns are there to perform traffic control, allowing the bikers to get through an intersection safety in under a minute. On Friday morning, the riders had a simple message to those officers: Thank you.

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Third-Grader Collects Items for Veterans Instead of Birthday Gifts

"She was like our little angel." — Tina Samson

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Brayton Students Thank — And Get Thanks From — Returning Veteran McCarron

"I want you all to set goals for yourself. Can you do that? And be thankful for everything you have." — Michael McCarron

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McCann Students Gather Veterans' Memorial Flags

"They will stop and read them, especially the older stones. There is a lot of education." — William Schrade

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North Adams Welcomes Soldier Home

"You recognize what other people have been through because every soldier has a story and none of them are the same." — Michael McCarron

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NAMI Berkshire County Holds Facilitator Training for Veterans Support Group

The support groups are free and open to veterans living with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress and other mental health conditions.

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Kiwanis Fill Park Square With Flags For Second Year

"Each and every one of these flags, all 640, has a story attached to it." — Cheryl Tripp Cleveland

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Former Marine Takes Over at Local Jewish War Veterans

Waldheim is looking to increase participation among younger veterans in the Jewish community.

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10th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow Set for Aug. 8-9

The event is a unique celebration and sharing of native culture through traditional songs, dances and art.

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North Adams VFW Welcomes Warrior Hike Veterans

"It gives you the opportunity to think back on stuff and kind of go through it." — Gabe Golden

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Williams Joins Program to Connect Recent Veterans with Colleges

Through VetLink, S2S will identify qualified U.S. military veterans, introduce them to partner colleges, and mentor them through the college search and admissions process.

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Lanesborough Marks Memorial Day, Honored for 250 Years

"We have a responsibility to preserve that freedom and expand it." — state Rep. Benjamin Downing

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Sullivan Students Celebrate Memorial Day

"It's about those who paid the ultimate price and didn't make it back alive." — Col. Michael Morgan

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Vietnam Veterans Honored at Snowy Pittsfield Ceremony

"[They] never got the recognition they deserved. Now they do." — John Harding

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New Transportation Center Eyed To Help Veterans

"This is a huge need and a huge gap." — Duane Gill

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Northern Berkshire Youth Created 700 Cards For Elderly, Vets

"We had enough for all of our residents. It was quite incredible." — Nathan Sampson

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American Legion Auxiliaries Bring Cheer to North County Veterans

"They know they are not forgotten and we honor them." — Tammy Lussier

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North Adams American Legion Feeding the Hungry This Christmas

"We give them a real good portions; we don't nickel and dime anyone." — William Schrade

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Pittsfield's Redfield House To Receive State Support

The group focuses on developing a long-range action plan to meet the need for supportive housing among the commonwealth's residents.

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Pittsfield Coalition Delivers Christmas Gifts To Veterans in Nursing Homes

"We find the veterans and wish them happy holidays." — Tom Landry

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BCC Dedicates New Plaque To Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans

"It is just my way to say thank you." — Annie Gerrity

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