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Honoring those who serve

Honoring those who serve

September 11, 2012

Today we remember the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. As we remember these events, let us also remember the men and women who are serving and their families. For the last 11 years, military personnel and their families have served all of us.  As we begin to transition as a nation away from war time, let us be mindful of the transition these men and family have to make to civilian life. 

The Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services has recently launched a website to address any question that may arise for veterans or their families regarding their benefits. This resource is incredibly helpful and easy to use.  

Our work, however, is far from done. As you can see from the below infographic, 1 and 10 veterans do not have health insurance. 948,000 adult and children dependents of those veterans are uninsured. This is an issue that needs to be addressed and quickly. 

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So today as we solemnly remember those who we have lost, let us not forget those who we serve. Each other.

If you want to learn more about veteran’s benefits or want to get involved with our work on behalf of veterans and families, contact Paul at pwilliams@hcfama.org.