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Massachusetts veterans

     A few years ago, Massachusetts allowed cities and towns to create a Veterans Assistance Fund.

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Starting in Hancock on Thursday, Massachusetts veterans will march across the state to bring awareness to suicide among vets. 

The American flag was raised at Hampshire College this morning, two weeks after the removal of the Stars and Stripes drew national attention, sharp criticism and protests outside the campus of the small liberal arts school in Amherst.


The head of the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services was confronted at a meeting today by residents of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, family members, and veterans’ advocates over staffing levels and state financial support for the long-term care facility, which is undergoing a management shakeup.

Massachusetts has a set of new laws on the books to safeguard the integrity of benefits, programs, and services intended for members of the military, veterans and their families.

With active members of the armed services and military veterans looking on, Governor Charlie Baker signed five bills at a Statehouse ceremony earlier this week, including one that makes “stolen valor” a crime punishable by imprisonment, a fine, or both.

Two new courts specifically aimed at helping military veterans in legal trouble are opening in Massachusetts.

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The latest renovation of the Massachusetts Veterans War Memorial Tower at the summit of Mount Greylock is underway and as the finished product will bring new features to the monument.


A growing number of cities and towns in Massachusetts are being recognized for the support provided to wounded military veterans and their families.

Springfield was named a Purple Heart City during a ceremony Tuesday attended by about a dozen veterans, including several Purple Heart recipients, which culminated with the raising of a Purple Heart flag over the esplanade at City Hall.

Mayor Domenic Sarno said he was proud to accept the designation on behalf of all the city’s veterans.

"This is in honor of our veterans," he said.