Thursday, April 25, 2013
Those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing and the events afterward in Watertown can meet with counselors who normally deal with members of the military.
If you need someone to talk to about the Boston Marathon Bombings and the aftermath that spilled into Watertown, help will be available Friday, April 26 at the Charles Shutt Detachment. The counseling is free and for anyone in town affected by recent events, said Watertown Veterans Services Agent Gina Rada. Help comes in the form of the Department of Veterans Services' VET Center Mobile Counseling Van, which will set up in front of the Marine Corps League - PVT Charles J. Shutt Detachment,215 Mt. Auburn Street in Watertown. Counseling will be offered beginning Friday at 10 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m. However, if more time is needed they will extend their hours, Rada said. "They will remain in place until there is no longer a need …
Monday, March 4, 2013
A documentary film documented Camilo Atehortua's ride.
Watertown's Camilo Atehortua went to great lengths to spread the word about post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), 520 miles to be exact. The Marine Corps veteran rode a bicycle from Boston to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness about his cause, according to a report on Boston.com. It took a week to complete the journey, and on his best days he would ride 90 miles, according to the report. Along the way, he stayed in gymnasiums and in a tent. He also battled the chill of November weather on the trip, which ended at the Iwo Jima Memorial in Washington. Atehortua suffers from PSTD after serving for seven months in Iraq, Boston.com reports. He found some relief through cycling. The film, directed and edited by Roslindale's Anthony Barounis …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The group collected items to send to the troops at the Watertown High School hockey games last week.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Editor: On behalf of Operation American Soldier, we would like to thank Watertown Hockey & Watertown's Veterans Officer, Gina Rada for their wonderful support of our troops. Your generous donations will be shipped to our brave men & women serving in harms way. OAS is always in need of donations to support our troops. We are a Watertown based charity that provides "Cheerboxes" to our troops. At this time of the year, we need: hand, feet warmers, heat & eat canned foods (soups, pasta, stews) coffee, hot chocolate, socks, lip balm... Check our Facebook page to see what's happening: www.facebook/operationAmericanSoldier Sincerely, John & Wendy Rocca Operation American Soldier, Founders
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The two groups teamed up to fix up the list of veterans who served in World War II on Mt. Auburn Street.
The monument to Watertown veterans who served in World War II had fallen into disrepair, but volunteers from Tufts Health Plan fixed up the list of veterans using supplies provided by Home Depot. The Town Council recognized the two companies for their work on the Watertown World War II Veterans Monument, which sits on the Watertown/Cambridge line on Mt. Auburn Street. "I frequently go to a restaurant next to the monument and I have seen it before and after," said Town Council President Mark Sideris. "It was an amazing restoration. It was really in disrepair." The monument is an important place for the veterans and their families, Watertown Veterans Agent Gina Rada wrote in a letter to Town Manager Michael Driscoll. "The monument holds the …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Watertown's Veterans Services Department is holding a drive for Operation American Soldier on Dec. 12 during three high school hockey games.
You can root for your local high school hockey teams and donate items to put into holiday care packages for troops serving overseas. The Watertown Veterans' Services Department will team up with Operation American Soldier on Dec. 12 to collect items for care packages to send to service men and women. The collection will take place at John A. Ryan Skating Arena that day during three high school hockey games. The items will be shipped by Operation American Soldier, which is based out of theCharles Shutt Detachment of the Marine Corps League, during the Holiday Care Package Drive for our Troops. Game Schedule Items Needed for Packages: Hand warmers, Socks, Wet Wipes, Fleece Hats, Socks (to sleep in), Toiletries (soap, deodorant, etc.), …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Sgt. Maj. Susan M. Bellis stepped down from command of the air wing stationed in Cherry Point, N.C., and plans to retire from the Marines.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Watertown-native Sgt. Maj. Susan M. Bellis relinquished the post of 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing recently at a ceremony held at the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, N.C. Bellis passed command to Sgt. Maj. Christopher G. Robinson, and she plans to retire on March 1, after more than 30 years of active service, according to a report from DVIDS - Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System. Bellis credited the Marines and sailors of the unit for their work. In the case of 2nd MAW the focus is on getting aircraft in the air so they can support troops on the ground. “I just want them to know that before I got here, I came from [Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center] Twentynine Palms where I worked for two infantry generals,” Bellis said…
Monday, November 19, 2012
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1105 will provide a meal for veterans on Dec. 2.
Veterans can enjoy a holiday meal from the Watertown Veterans of Foreign Wars on Sunday, Dec. 2, and it's free. The VFW Post 1105, located at 295 Arsenal St., will offer the veteran community a free holiday dinner. Post Commander Derek Mayerhofer said he wanted to help out some vets who he knew. "There are two World War II vets who have no family, so we said we have got to do something for them," Mayerhofer said. The dinner is open to any veteran and their families, said Gina Rada, Watertown's Veterans Agent. The dinner will be on December 2, 2012 at the VFW, from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Monday, November 12, 2012
The ceremony at the VFW Post 1105 drew a small crowd, but the numbers used to be much more robust.
Watertown’s Veterans Day Ceremony drew a crowd of regulars to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1105 Sunday, but Joe Caouette, past commander of the VFW, remembers when the numbers were much larger. During the ceremony, retired Watertown Veterans Agent Bob Erickson gave the keynote speech, and said that people should thank the veterans in their lives. “If I see a trooper or a veteran in uniform when I’m driving I call over to them and thank them for their service,” Erickson said. He encouraged others to do the same, and not just on Veterans Day, all year long. “Ask them about their service,” Erickson said. “It is so meaningful for them.” The VFW and other veterans groups provide a place for vets to gather and socialize. Caouette, a …
Monday, July 16, 2012
The items collected in Town Hall will be given to the Massachusetts Stand Down event in Dorchester in August.
The Watertown Veteran's Services Office will collect items in Town Hall for Massachusetts Stand Down, a two-day event in August to assist homless and at-risk veterans in the Bay State. VA Boston Healthcare System will partner with Volunteers of America Massachusetts to put on the event on Aug. 24 and 25 at the IBEW Local 103, located at 256 Freeport St. in Doricester. While there, veterans will receive a variety of services, including housing assistance, job assistance, education, medical services, veterans benefits and more. Veterans can spend then night on the grounds during the event in tents and cots provided for them. Watertown Veteran's Services Agent Gina Rada said Watertown will be collecting toiletries, clothing and canned goods …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The 2012 Memorial Day ceremonies beginning on Wednesday with the placing of flags on veterans' graves at St. Patrick Cemetery, ending with the town's parade and Memorial Day service.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Watertown will have a full slate of activities during the week of Memorial Day to honor the town's veterans, past and present. Here is the schedule released by the Watertown Veterans' Services Office: Wednesday, May 23: Friday, May 25: Veterans Visit Schools: School assemblies for student and veteran interaction: Sunday, May 27: Morning Services and Dedications: Veterans Organizations will visit various locations for wreath disbursement along with readings, the playing of Taps, and a weapon firing - Times are approximate: All military, veterans, veteran organizations and auxiliaries are invited to attend amemorial service at Saint Patrick's Church, Main Street, at the 10:00 a.m. Mass. There will be a formation at the church site, after …