101st Airborne Division Association MA Special Events
101st Airborne Division
33 Purchase Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
Phone: (781) 254-4492
News and Events

Hello Friends! Please help us usher in 2018 as a banner year of community involvement!
Our friends at Battle Grounds Coffee Co & Merrimack Valley Hope Mission are joining forces!

As a community, lets combat this cold weather and provide for local veterans in need. NOW, through February 2018 they are asking for your help! They are looking to provide local veterans in need with NEW fleece rolls, hats, gloves, socks & scarves as well as gift cards to Market Basket & Walmart.

A special celebration is planned at BGCC on February 23rd. Details to come!

BASIC COLD GEAR & NECESSITIES 
Donors are encouraged to use their Amazon Wish List to make purchases on line. 

GIFT CARDS 
Please deliver gift cards directly to the Café at 39 Washington St. Haverhill, MA. Staff will accept them, record your donation and owners Dana & Sal DeFranco will ensure they are distributed directly to veterans and their families in need. Joe D'Amore will work with local veteran's organizations to reach as many veterans as possible. Our goal is $5,000 worth of gift cards. 

Please purchase them in $25.00 - to- $100.00 denominations.

ADVOCACY 
In coming weeks we will provide information about resources available in the Greater Haverhill area to assist veterans who are experiencing hardships including housing instability , poverty & homelessness. We hope to create awareness too and promote greater support for those who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms!

For more information please contact:
Dana at Dana@BattleCoffee.com 
Joe at jdamore@merrimackvalleyhop emission.org


VISIT BATTLE GROUNDS COFFEE COMPANY ON FACEBOOK 

https://www.facebook.com/ BattleGroundsCoffee/

PLEASE VISIT MERRIMACK VALLEY HOPE MISSION ON FACEBOOK 

https://www.facebook.com/ groups/198387520618766/

 

Donnie JarvisNEW ADDITION TO MASSACHUSETTS SPECIAL EVENTS

Donnie Jarvis is a disabled combat veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and has joined Dick George in the ongoing activities of Massachusetts Special Events (MSE) focusing on the new partnership with the Boston Red Sox Home Base Adventure Series; he is a Peer Specialist for the Department of Veterans’ Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is passionate about focusing on our struggling and homeless veterans, especially those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Donnie, along with his service dog “Mocha”, bring new energy and are a welcome addition to MSE. 

Donnie will be a Special Events Coordinator. He replaces Dick Kelley, who has transitioned away from Massachusetts Special Events.

Instructors from The Sabalauski Air Assault School and 101st CAB, Wings of Destiny demonstrate why the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) is the only Air Assault division in the world by performing a Fast Rope Insertion Extraction (FRIES) and Special Patrol Insertion Extraction System (SPIES) in front of a crowd of more than 140,000 before the Coca-Cola 600, May 24, 2015, at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

 

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101st airborne museumPlease visit the website of the brand-new 101st Airborne museum Le Mess in Bastogne - Belgium.
The museum and its fantastic historical building will give you a great impression of the Battle of the Bulge. Window displays with amazing lifelike scenes and mannequins will take you back to the cold winter 1944-1945 when the battle took place.

First you walk around and see what soldiers and locals did during this terrible war. Then as a final you visit the basement with more dioramas and little items, but also with a hospital. You see the caretaking for several wounded soldiers, and a burned motorcyclist is accompanied inside. Behind a door you will find a bombingsexperience in a hiding shelter, together with a family. You will hear, see and feel the loud sound they heard during wartime.

The museum is located in the city center of Bastogne, nearby the tank on the main square (350 mtr) and is definitely worth a visit. You can park your car for free in the street the museum is located. Hope to see you at the museum!
www.101airbornemuseumbastogne.com

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Snowbird Reunion

Home Base and the 101st Airborne Division Association - MA Special Events

We teamed up with Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program, to heal the invisible wounds for Veterans, Service Members and their Families. The Adventure Series helps Veterans and Military families connect with each other, learn more about the services provided by Home Base and offers fun outings for Service Members, Veterans and their families.

We had a "whale" of a good time out on the water on Saturday, September 9th with Home Base. The whale watch was open to all Veterans, Service Members, and their Families.

Whale Watch 2017

The whale watch on Saturday, September 9th out of Plum Island (Newburyport) MA was a huge success; seeing the faces of the children especially was wonderful. From right to left: Michael Tilden, CFO of the 101st Airborne Division Association, Wayne St. Louis, CSM 101st Airborne Division (Ret), Dick George, 101st Airborne Association MA Special Events Director; Kevin Hunt, Veterans Service Officer Newburyport MA, Michael Allard, COO of Red Sox Home Base Foundation, Arafat Knight, Veterans Outreach Coordinator, Evan Zeedies, Outreach Team of (Jesuit Volunteer Corps), Olivia Pappas, Resource Manager, Jacque Francona, Family Outreach.

 

Harbormaster Story
[ Dick George pictured with the Newburyport Harbormaster Paul Hogg ]
The 101st Airborne Division honored Newburyport Harbormaster Paul Hogg for his many years of support of the group’s efforts to aid veterans. Dick George presents a certificate of appreciation to Hogg.
Photo courtesy of The Daily News

Harbormaster honored for helping veterans
BY DYKE HENDRICKSON

Staff Writer The Daily News

Harbormaster Paul Hogg was recently honored by the Massachusetts Special Events Division of the 101st Airborne Division. Dick George, a Newburyport resident and head of the small special events unit, made the informal presentation in front of the harbormaster headquarters on the waterfront.

George, an Army veteran, said Hogg was instrumental in aiding veterans on fishing trips they take on the Atlantic. George said about 45 veterans went on a fishing voyage July 11. George and a colleague, Dick Kelley, raised money for the trip. Hogg’s harbormaster vessel led them toward the fishing area.

“We try to do what we can for veterans,” Hogg said. “They had a group here and my boat, as well as one from the Coast Guard, escorted them. “The veterans seemed to appreciate it,” he said. “My brother just retired after 29 years in the Army, so I appreciate the service of veterans.” George said he has been involved in veterans affairs since his discharge from the 101st Airborne in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in 1958. He served as adjutant to the president of the New England chapter of the 101st Airborne from about 2001 to 2008. George has continued to help veterans and their families in the Boston area and North Shore. He was involved in a fundraising effort in Boston, helping families of veterans find housing when the vets are being treated at a veterans hospital. George also raised money for Hugs for Heroes, a program that encouraged young people to send packages of needed personal items to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He created the Massachusetts Special Events wing of the 101st Airborne in 2013 to continue providing service to veterans. George has organized several fishing trips for vets, which he said are much appreciated — including the latest trip. “Every veteran caught a huge amount of fish, the most ever taken,” he said.
Kevin Hunt, who runs the Department of Veterans Services in Newburyport, praised George’s efforts. “Dick George has done good work for the veterans, and they really appreciated the recent fishing trip,” Hunt said.

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Harbormaster
[ Dick George pictured with the Newburyport Harbormaster Paul Hogg ]

The Newburyport Coast Guard salutes us by crossing our wake during the 2017 Fishing Trip

 

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Memorial fishing trip off Plum Island to honor fallen veterans, Patriot Guard Riders

JUNE 2017 | By Jack Shea Staff Writer
NEWBURYPORT
— Dick George remembers standing in the pouring rain during the funeral service for Cpl. John M. Dawson in 2015 when a group of more than 50 motorcyclists rode through, providing an escort for the family of the fallen.

Dawson was a 22-year-old 101st Airborne Division medic who was killed in action in April 2015 while serving in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

The motorcyclists were members of the Patriot Guard Riders, a nationwide organization of more than 300,000 members who attend military funerals to provide support — and in some cases, protection from protesters — to the families of fallen soldiers.

It was an especially moving scene for George, a retired member of the 101st Airborne Division, or "The Screaming Eagles," as they are nicknamed. The division is an elite modular specialized light infantry division of the U.S. Army trained for air assault operations.

“There must have been thousands of people there in the rain, just soaking wet," said George, 76. "When the riders came out, it was the most impressive thing I've ever seen in my life.”

Since then, George has worked to organize the 101st Airborne Division Association's past two annual Memorial Fishing Trips in Dawson's honor, taking a handful of local and Boston-based veterans for a day of angling on the ocean.

This year, though, George remembered the dedication and loyalty shown by the Patriot Guard Riders, and decided to expand the trip to honor them.

"I thought to myself, these guys are out there helping out military families all the time, and nobody ever does anything for them," George said.

On June 6, the 73rd anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy Beach, members of the Massachusetts Patriot Guard Riders will assemble on Interstate 95 in Rowley and ride through Newburyport en masse on their way to Plum Island.

They will then board the 110-foot Captain's Lady III, owned by Captain's Fishing Parties & Cruises, for the Screaming Eagles' Memorial Fishing Trip alongside a group of veterans. From there, the boat will be escorted out to sea by the Newburyport harbormaster's boat and the U.S. Coast Guard.

The trip will begin with a special ceremony to honor Dawson as well as other fallen U.S. veterans. Afterward, everyone will grab a fishing rod and cast their lines with hope of finding fish, and maybe taking home the prize money for the biggest catch or largest number of fish caught.

Kevin Hunt, director of Newburyport Veterans Services, said the trip is always a valued experience for veterans, who are able to bond over shared memories.

“They get such a huge enjoyment out of it," Hunt said. "It puts smiles on everyone's faces and really unites all of the veterans.”

Source: The Daily News, Newburyport

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The 101st Airborne Division Association endorses and supports the Veteran's Equine Therapy program at Windrush Farm in North Andover, MA. Massachusetts Special Events Director, Dick George, sees the profound benefits for soldiers dealing with physical injuries suffered in the line of service in addition to PTSD and other service related disabilities. Please watch the video below to learn more.
 
 

Bryan Burgess

 

We'd like to share a story about Army Staff Sgt. Bryan A. Burgess who died on March 29, 2011 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom.

Bryan was truly a brave soldier that will not be forgotten. Read his story>
 

No Greater LoveNo Greater Love Film Premiere
There is a great documentary coming out on September 19th that will be Premiering at the Boston Film Festival by Justin Roberts, a former 101st Army Chaplain.

Please check out his film here: www.nglfilm.com

No Greater Love explores a combat deployment through the eyes of an Army chaplain who carried a camera as he and his men fought their way through a hellish tour in one of the most dangerous places in Afghanistan. They come together in 2014 to reconnect, tell stories, and share the struggles each are having to reintegrate home. Learn more here>

Watch the trailer>

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Military Best

Please support our friends Bob and Lisa Freeman at www.MilitaryBest.com. They offer a wide selection of Military related products to suit your needs. Many of their products are made in the USA and are indicated with a "Made in the USA" moniker for easy identification.

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Dick George, Director of Special Events MA, attended Enterprise Bank’s Celebration of Excellence held at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 as one of the nominees for the Community Service Award for his work with veterans. Pictured here left to right: Medal of Honor winner Sal Giunta, NEVLH Board Directors Chris Boshar and Dick George

Click here to read the press release>

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Haverhill Outreach

 

 

A recent gathering of veterans at the Northeast Outreach Center in Haverhill came together to hear State Secretary Colman Nee's update on current and pending legislation affecting veterans and Veteran's Service Officers in this state.

Left to right: Dick George, Senator Kathleen O'Conner Ives, State Representative Linda Dean Campbell, Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans Affairs Coleman Nee, Newburyport Veterans Officer Kevin Hunt.

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Pedaling for a Purpose - Summer 2014

We would like to honor a true 'Notable American' who is raising money for the Rotary Foundation this summer. Our friend, Keith Harris, is biking across the United States beginning in June on an exceptional journey to help others. Please consider donating to Keith Harris at his website: www.pedalingforapurpose.com. He is truly an honorable man, pedaling for a wonderful purpose. Good luck Keith!

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veterans initiatives
Veteran's Legacy Initiative
- May 2014

A letter from the executive director, Kevin Hunt.

Excerpt:

"Through your efforts and the support of the Screaming Eagles, the Veterans Legacy Initiative continues to provide luncheons, fishing trips and camaraderie for World War II veterans.

This small token of our appreciation is to let you know you are a welcome friend of all veterans."

(Click the letter to view full PDF)

Dick George
2013 Veterans Fishing Trip
Endorsements
Meet the Director
Video
Endorsements
Dick George has been involved in veteran’s affairs since his discharge in 1958 from the 101st Airborne.
An excerpt from our 2013 Veteran’s Fishing Trip in Newburyport, MA.
What being a Screaming Eagle is truly about...