Town of Stoughton Department of Veterans’ Services 10 Pearl Street Stoughton, MA 02072 Tel: 781-341-1300 x220 Fax: 781-297-2879 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Reflagging of Veterans' Graves Saturday, May 23rd All Welcome On Saturday, May 23rd, we will be re-flagging the graves of all veterans at the Holy Sepulcher and Evergreen Cemeteries. Please help us in this honored tradition. This is truly a great thing for your children and grandchildren to participate in. We will be meeting at 10:00AM at the VFW Post 1645 at 837 Washington Street. Refreshments will be served at the VFW after the completion of the re-flagging. After refreshments, around 12:00 – 12:15, some of the old and worn flags removed from the graves will be properly disposed of in a Flag Burning Ceremony. There will be about 15 speaking parts available for the kids. Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 25th The Memorial Day Parade, a day and a parade to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, will begin at 9:00AM sharp. The route will go from the Public Works on Central Street to the Holy Sepulcher Cemetery for two ceremonies. From there the route will go to the Pearl Street Cemetery for a ceremony. The parade will then proceed to the Stoughton Town Hall for a ceremony and wreath laying at the Memorial Bell. From there the parade will proceed through Stoughton Square to Faxon Veterans Memorial Park for ceremonies at the two memorials. The parade will then proceed to Washington Street and on to Evergreen Cemetery for two ceremonies at the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Lot and the American Legion Burial site. Participants in the parade include the Police and Fire Departments, the High School Band, the St. Johns Band, the VFW Color Guard and Firing Detail, Veterans groups, Town and State officials, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and possibly other groups. The ceremonies at the various sites include opening prayers, playing by the bands, an Honor Guard Firing Detail, the laying of wreaths and various speakers. Also included in the parade will be a truck manned by Stoughton veterans collecting non- perishable food and paper supplies for the 2 Stoughton Food Pantries. Sought after items are all non-perishable food products, canned goods, paper towels, toilet paper, napkins, tissues, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, shaving cream and so on. If you cannot make it to the parade, please drop off your donations at the VFW Post by 1:00. For further information please call chairman Paul Flynn at 781-344-0109. After the ceremonies at the Evergreen Cemetery there will be a collation at the VFW at 837 Washington Street. Care Packages The Stoughton Department of Veterans' Services is always looking for the names and military addresses of all our young men and women currently serving their country. Send or email information to the Veterans’ Office. Any donations of any kind, cash or items for the "Care Packages", are welcome. State/Local Veterans Benefits If you are a veteran or the widow of a veteran and your total monthly gross income is $1805 per month or less and your cash assets are $3200 or less OR If you are married and are a veteran and your combined total monthly gross income is $2428 per month or less and you have life insurance and your cash assets are $3200 or less, or you don’t have life insurance and your cash assets are $7200 or less; please call, as we may be able to help you with Financial, Medical or Other types of Assistance. Federal Veterans Benefits Do you think you have a service-connected disability? Do you have a service-connected disability and your condition has worsened over the years? Interested in the VA Healthcare System? For these or any other related questions please call, we may be able to help. Medical Equipment Are you in need of medical equipment? Do you or a loved one need a hospital bed, wheelchair, walker or something similar? STOP!!! Before you buy anything please contact this office. Through our Statewide Network it is at least as likely as not that we will be able to find what you need at no cost to you. Don’t spend your hard earned dollars; it may not be necessary. Please contact this office with the specifics of what you need and we will try to get it for you. Mortgages and Refinances While there are many benefits available for veterans and eligible dependents, a great program meriting mention here is a new mortgage program called Home For The Brave, established by the Massachusetts Housing Authority This is a one-of-a-kind program in the country. Over $300,000,000 has been set aside by Community Banks to provide mortgages, including refinances, to veterans and eligible dependents at competitive rates. If your credit isn’t that great, you still may qualify. There are many other benefits associated with this program and any veteran looking for a first mortgage or a refinance should check this out. Our local Community Banks are fully engaged with this program and some veterans and surviving spouses have already benefited. Fundraising Calls This office has recently received many calls regarding a certain veterans group calling residents in Stoughton soliciting money for “Care Packages” for Stoughton military personnel. In the December 2007 American Institute of Philanthropy Charity Guide and Watchdog Report, this group was rated F, with only 11% of the funds raised spent on program services. In addition, since this office has no knowledge of this fundraiser, except through the calls received, it is as likely as not that none of the money raised from this National group will go towards Stoughton veterans. Over the years, the people of Stoughton have been exceedingly generous in supporting veteran’s causes and fundraisers. You deserve to know that your donations are going for the purposes intended. Please feel free to call this office anytime with any questions regarding any calls you may receive from any veterans fundraising organization. PLEASE PASS THESE MESSAGES ALONG!