Blue Star Links

Statewide Advocacy for Veterans’ Empowerment (SAVE)
www.mass.gov/veterans
SAVE outreach coordinators are able to assist Veterans and their Families get the benefits and services they have earned. With every transition, problems arise, you are not alone. Call 888-844-2838
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Veterans Crisis Line(sponsored by the US Department of Veterans Affairs)
1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)
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Massachusetts Transition Assistance Advisor
Wilfredo Melendez
14 Minuteman Lane
Wellesley, MA 02481
Office: 508-233-7715
Cell: 774-573-6917
Wilfredo.melendez2@us.army.mil
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Military & Family Life Consultant Program
The MFLC Program addresses issues that occur across the military lifestyle and helps Service Members and their families cope with normal reactions to the stress resulting from deployments, war, and reintegration.

Barbara Cox, MSW
Office: 508-233-7708
Toll-free: 888-301-3103 x7708
Cell: 508-641-0730
Barbara.L.Cox@healthnet.com
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The Home Base Program
www.homebaseprogram.org
In the fall of 2009, the Red Sox Foundation and the Massachusetts General Hospital created the Home Base Program to serve Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and families affected by combat or deployment-related stress and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – the “invisible wounds of war.”

The Home Base Program provides clinical care for service members, veterans and families throughout New England; offers community education on the “invisible wounds of war” and the challenges facing military families; conducts research to improve the understanding and treatment of Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) and TBI.
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Military Assistance – Massport
Massport Meet & Greet Program
www.massport.com/logan-airport
Boston Logan has an active Military Meet & Greet Program to assist families in welcoming home loved ones or saying their goodbyes to those being deployed or returning after their mid-deployment leave. Free parking and gate passes can be arranged with advance notice.
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Bake Me A Wish
Operation: Birthday Cake
www.bakemeawish.com
Birthday cakes can be sent to deployed military service members. 5% of each order will be contributed to Bake Me A Wish’s Operation Birthday Cake program which donates birthday cakes to our valued service men and women overseas.
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Service Flags
www.serviceflags.com
Military service flags and personalized items for military families during deployment.
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Build A Sign
www.buildasign.com/troops
Create a free custom banner to welcome your soldier home.
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NEADS – New England Assistance Dog Services
Canines for Combat Veterans (CCV)
www.neads.org
BSM Chapter 3 contributes both funding for the dogs and home-cooked meals for the veterans when they come to NEADS in Princeton for two weeks to meet, train with, and go home with their new service dog.
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Brain Balancing of Greater Boston
www.brainstatetech.com
781-891-7587
Brain Balancing of Greater Boston is a non-profit organization that offers services to veterans free of charge! The technology they use is called Brainwave Optimization with Real Time Balancing, and it allows them to balance and harmonize the brain using sound. Through balancing the brain, symptoms associated with anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, hypervigilence, anger, and lack of motivation are lessened. They are located in Waltham and are always looking forward to helping new vets!

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Veterans Services

Veterans of the United States armed forces may be eligible for a broad range of programs and services provided by
the VA. Eligibility for most VA benefits is based upon discharge from active military service under other than dishonorable conditions, and certain benefits require service during wartime. See more information at: http://www.va.gov/landing2_vetsrv.htm

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Staying Strong
Staying Strong is designed to support the resilience of military connected children and familes through free on-line educational tools and guidance. Staying Strong is for military-connected parents and family members, educators, school nurses and other school professionals, and the community.  To learn about Staying Strong and to find materials for the initiative please visit www.StayingStrong.org

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Mass Vets Advisor
MassVetsAdvisor.org strives to serve the nearly half-million Veterans living in Massachusetts, and their Families, as a bridge to the many benefits that they have earned in defense of our nation. It is an easy to use website that helps Veterans and their loved ones find the services and programs that they deserve. By combining state and federal benefits information into one tailored online search, Veterans and their Families now have access to one stop shopping for all of their needs. Go to the following website: http://www.massvetsadvisor.org/