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Veteran’s Edge Vehicle Giveaway 2018

Mass Fallen Heroes and Veteran’s Edge is proud to partner with Progressive Auto Insurance once again for the their annual Keys To Progress campaign. One finalist will win a new vehicle, which he or she will receive during the week of Veterans Day 2018.

Applications close September 30, 2018. Open to Massachusetts Veterans only.

Veteran Recipient Criteria

  • Must be able to provide a DD214
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Have a clean driving record – no major infractions in the past 7 years
  • Be able to insure and maintain the vehicle
  • Does not own a vehicle or show a hardship with current vehicle
  • One Year Income Tax
  • Must be able to pass a background check

Mass Save® and MFH Collaborate on LED Sale for Third Year in a Row

(Boston, MA) – Massachusetts Fallen Heroes (MFH) and the sponsors of Mass Save® – including Cape Light Compact, Eversource, National Grid, and Unitil – are working together for a third consecutive year to run an LED lighting sale that benefits Gold Star Families and returning Veterans. This year’s sale runs from June through November and offers 15-piece LED lighting kits at the discounted price of $10, with half of all proceeds going to MFH to support its programs.

The specialty kits will be available at the Mass Save booth at events throughout the state this summer and fall, as well as online. A list of events and a link for online purchases can be found at MassSave.com/MAFallenHeroes. Each kit includes 15 ENERGY STAR® certified LED lights: four 60W-equivalent LED bulbs, four 100W-equivalent LED bulbs, four 75W-equivalent LED bulbs, two 100W-equivalent 3-way LED bulbs, and one LED desk lamp. These kits are available to customers at an 87% discount as part of the Mass Save lighting program, which the Mass Save sponsors administer with the goal of making energy-efficient lighting affordable and accessible to all Massachusetts electric customers. By participating in this sale, customers can help Massachusetts move closer to its energy-efficiency goals and support local Gold Star Families and Veterans.

“Massachusetts Fallen Heroes is proud and honored to be a part of this great program with all Mass Save sponsors yet again,” says Dan Magoon, Executive Director for MFH. “We continue to honor our Fallen and support Massachusetts Gold Star Families with all funds raised from this LED lighting sale, which empower Massachusetts Veterans all while making a positive impact on the environment. Thank you Cape Light Compact, Eversource, National Grid, and Unitil.”

“We’re very pleased at how this relationship between Massachusetts Fallen Heroes and Mass Save has grown over the last three years,” says Eversource Energy Efficiency Spokesman Bill Stack. “We’ve seen and been inspired by the strong impact Massachusetts Fallen Heroes has on the community and those it serves. We’re proud to be working together on this campaign supporting local Gold Star Families and Veterans, while at the same time connecting customers to solutions for savings.”

 Over the past two years, this collaborative effort has raised nearly $55,000 for MFH programs and distributed nearly 92,000 LEDs, saving an estimated 19.7 million kWh over the lifetime of these energy-efficient bulbs. Funds generated by these sales support multiple MFH programs including a scholarship program for siblings of the fallen, the Veteran’s Edge Program, which connects local Veterans with legal, employment, medical and housing services, and annual weekend retreats for Gold Star Families that focus on supporting their wellness and fostering a sense of community.

About Massachusetts Fallen Heroes

Massachusetts Fallen Heroes began in 2010 with the goal of honoring those who sacrificed their lives while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since then, MFH has expanded its mission to provide services and programs that empower returning Veterans, assist their families, and support families of the fallen. This past May during Patriot Week, MFH re-dedicated its 9/11 memorial in the Boston Seaport district honoring Gold Star families. MFH remains committed to supporting and uniting local Veterans and their families and raising awareness of their service and sacrifice.

About Mass Save

Mass Save is a collaborative of Massachusetts’ natural gas and electric utilities and energy efficiency service providers, including Berkshire Gas, Blackstone Gas Company, Cape Light Compact, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, Eversource, Liberty Utilities, National Grid and Unitil. Working closely with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, the initiative empowers residents, businesses, and communities to make energy efficient upgrades by offering a wide range of services, rebates, incentives, trainings, and information.

Through the joint efforts of the Mass Save collaborative, Massachusetts has earned top ranking as the #1 state in the nation for energy efficiency according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

For more information about Mass Save, please visit www.masssave.com.

Mass Fallen Heroes Hosts Achilles Freedom Team for Marathon Weekend

Achilles Freedom Team

April 10, 2018 – Dorchester, MA…. For the sixth year, Massachusetts Fallen Heroes (MFH) will host the Achilles Freedom Team for the Boston Marathon weekend. The team of 40 adaptive Veteran athletes will participate in the 2018 Boston Marathon as runners and handcyclists.

Both MFH and Achilles share the mission of empowering Veterans and providing opportunities that are physically and mentally healing. As host for the weekend, Mass Fallen Heroes provides the team a one-of-a-kind experience with accommodations at the Westin Boston Waterfront, a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial, followed by a “Welcome Dinner” with community partner, Scorpion Bar Boston. On Sunday, the team will enjoy the annual breakfast, a visit to Fenway Park, and a team pasta dinner.

“Achilles has been honored to partner with MFH during the Boston Marathon weekend for several years.  Our mission to empower veterans is what brought us together, and the reverence we have for the men and women we exist to serve is a shared, critical through-line with everything we do. That is what keeps this partnership thriving.  It is a beautiful thing to find like-minded, like-hearted allies within the not-for-profit community.  We look forward to joining forces again to continue giving back to the folks who deserve everything – our nation’s veterans,” commented Janet Patton, Director of Achilles Freedom Team.

Achilles Freedom Team athletes, which includes New England Veterans, their families, and trainers, will arrive in Boston Saturday, April 14th. The Freedom Team members include 34 handcyclists and 6 runners.

“Through community support, Mass Fallen Heroes is able to provide these programs to Veterans and work with organizations like Achilles International,” commented Dan Magoon, Executive Director for Mass Fallen Heroes. “The excitement generated from the weekend’s activities and the personal accomplishment that these Veterans experience during this annual visit to the City of Boston is unmatched,” continued Magoon.

About Mass Fallen Heroes

In 2010, Massachusetts Fallen Heroes was established with the goal of honoring those who sacrificed their lives while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2016, a permanent memorial honoring those men and women was placed in Boston’s Seaport neighborhood. Since the completion of the memorial, MFH has expanded its mission to provide services and programs that empower returning veterans and support families of the fallen. MFH remains committed to supporting and uniting local veterans and their families and raising awareness of their service and sacrifice. Veterans’ events, Gold Star family activities, Patriot Week and its business incubator for veterans, InnoVets, are just a few of the ways MFH continues to Honor, Support, and Empower its veteran and Gold Star community.

To learn more about MFH or to make a donation, please visit www.massfallenheroes.org.

About Achilles International

This non-profit organization has chapters and members in over 65 locations within the United States and abroad. Every day, in parks, gyms, and tracks all over the world, Achilles provides athletes with disabilities with a community of support. Able-bodied volunteers and disabled runners come together to train in an environment of support and community. Within this community, runners gain measurable physical strength and build confidence through their sense of accomplishment, which often transfers to other parts of their life.

Download this press release as a PDF for printing.

Veterans Day Leadership Forum

Mass Fallen Heroes dedicated Veteran’s Edge Program is pleased to announce our inaugural Veterans Day Leadership Forum to rethink the way we view Veteran employment initiatives.

The panel will feature Veterans and Community Leaders who will discuss Veteran Unemployment, Underemployment, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership. Each of our distinguished panelists has a unique experience key to developing new approaches to encourage Veterans and companies on their path to Empower Veterans.

The Panel

  • SSG Ryan Pitts USA, Medal of Honor Recipient
  • James McDonough CEO, Randolph Savings Bank
  • Michael Devin USMC, Mass Fallen Heroes Veteran’s Edge
  • Brendan Hamm USMC, Raytheon
  • Chris Grace USMC, PWC
  • Chris Rolfe USAF, Bain & Company

Moderated By:

Thomas Lyons, USMC, Semper Fi Society

Register Today

RSVP By:
November 8, 2017

This forum will also serve as the official announcement and launch of Mass Fallen Heroes New Program: InnoVets

#InnoVets #VeteransEdge

Gold Star Daughter Receives New Car

Gold Star Daughter Receives New Car

BOSTON (CBS) – A local Gold Star Daughter now has a new ride after Massachusetts Fallen Heroes presented her with a refurbished car.

When Kaleigh Hayes was seven, her father, Sergeant Glenn Allison was killed serving in Iraq.

The now 21-year-old says her father and his service inspired her and was key to her involvement with the Boys and Girls Club.

Hayes says the car, a 2014 Nissan Sentra, will help keep her father’s memory alive through her mentoring work.

“He’s why I wake up every morning,” Hayes said. “I think about him. What would he want me to be doing for the future? Because it’s all about the future. It’s all about the future generations. They need to have safe future because that’s what he provided for me. So I want to provide for other people.”

Hayes is currently in college studying art and English and says the car will help with her education.

From CBS Boston: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2017/09/27/gold-star-daughter-receives-new-car/

Candlelight Vigil

September 11th Mass and Candlelight Vigil

In honor of the 16th anniversary of September 11th , Massachusetts Fallen Heroes will host a Mass of Remembrance at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Voyage. At the conclusion of the service, attendees will participate in a candlelit procession to the Massachusetts Iraq & Afghanistan Fallen Heroes Memorial in Boston’s Seaport Common.

Father Matt Williams and Father Matt Westcott will lead the Mass for Remembrance to honor those who lost their lives in the September 11th attacks. Gold Star Families, Veterans and the community along with Massachusetts Fallen Heroes staff and board members will attend the service and vigil.

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Mass begins: 7:00 PM
Procession to the Memorial and Vigil: 7:45 PM

Locations

Shrine of Our Lady of the Good Voyage
51 Seaport Blvd
Boston, MA 02210

Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial
85 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02210

Never Miss a Sample Sale!

To learn more about Mass Fallen Heroes Sample Sales, text HONOR to 42828 and reply with your email address. Never miss a Sample Sale again!

Here’s the flier for our September event!

Patriot Week 2017, May 20th – 29th

Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Patriot Week

In 2016, Massachusetts Fallen Heroes created the first ever Patriot Week as a lead-in to Memorial Day. The goal was to find creative and meaningful ways to educate and inspire the citizens of Massachusetts about Honor, Service, Sacrifice, Character and Duty—the real meaning behind Memorial Day and the values that so many young men and women have given their lives to protect. The result was an enormous success and we received positive feedback across the Commonwealth and now Patriot Week will be an annual and much-needed event in the Bay State.

MFH will launch it’s 2nd Annual Educational Program on May 15th. Our intent is to educate our youth on the significance of memorial Day, and to raise awareness of the ongoing increasing commercialization of this sacred holiday. We feel strongly that with communication and education, amongst our society is the best way to incorporate positive and healthy change. We have tripled in numbers with participating schools across the Commonwealth.

Please visit the Patriot Week website for event details. Learn how you can honor our fallen and support the families they left behind. Empower your returning Veterans who are transitioning back into civilian life after protecting your freedom.

Party On the Lawn, May 20th – Patriot Fest will be headlined by American country music singers and songwriters Tyler Farr and Eric Paslay and supported by Dalton and the Sheriffs and Louie Bello. $40.00 per person, must be 21. Purchase today at TicketMaster.

 http://mfhpatriotweek.org

LED Light Bulb

Mass Save® and Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Raise Over $22,000

Massachusetts Fallen Heroes (MFH), a nonprofit dedicated to honoring the fallen, assisting families of the Fallen and empowering veterans, has received over $22,000 from a fundraiser made possible by the sponsors of Mass Save®. From June through December of last year, the Mass Save sponsors worked with retailer TechniArt to sell more than 4,400 specially designed packages of LED bulbs, with half of the proceeds going to MFH. “The amount of support we’ve received from the sponsors of Mass Save is incredible,” said Dan Magoon, executive director of MFH. “The generous funds that were raised will support Mass Fallen Heroes efforts of providing assistance and advocacy services to our Gold Star families as well as our returning veterans, and for that we are extremely grateful.

MFH Donates Refurbished Vehicle to Gold Star Wife

Massachusetts Fallen Heroes, in collaboration with National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides Program, MetLife, and Todays Auto Collision in Malden, MA, donated a refurbished 2014 Kia SUV to Gold Star wife Erin Vasselian. Erin’s husband, Marine Sgt. Daniel Vasselian of Abington was killed in action on December 23, 2013 in Afghanistan. This is the sixth car MFH has donated, with this being the first to a Gold Star family member.  Many thanks to all who played a part. Enterprise donated a gas card for Erin as well.

Read full article: http://www.fox25boston.com/news/marines-widow-gifted-minivan/487575146