MFH Newsletter May 2020

Get the latest news about Massachusetts Fallen Heroes, including how to honor Memorial Day admist a global pandemic. In this issue, we cover:

  • Our Education Program
  • Virtual Tributes to Gold Star Mothers (for Mother’s Day) and for the Fallen
  • Celebrity Support for our organization
  • Our ongoing mission

Curaleaf to Launch Veterans Cannabis Project Initiative in Massachusetts at Hanover Medical Dispensary

Customers can purchase custom Veterans Cannabis Project pre-rolls to support veterans’ access to medical cannabis beginning on March 12, 2020

Wakefield, MA – Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. (CSE: CURA /OTCQX: CURLF), a leading vertically integrated cannabis operator in the United States, today announced it will launch Massachusetts sales of its custom-designed Veterans Cannabis Project pre-roll product. A portion of all proceeds will benefit the Veterans Cannabis Project (VCP), an organization that advocates for legal and supported access of medical cannabis for veterans through the Department of Veterans Affairs. In Massachusetts, the single boxes are available for $35.

Each box contains five pre-rolls (0.4g each). A portion of the proceeds will also benefit Massachusetts Fallen Heroes, a non-profit organization to honor the memories of our fallen, to support Gold Star Family members, and to empower local veterans and educate our communities.

On March 12, the day of the project launch, any veteran medical patient will be allowed to purchase their first VCP package for only $1. Also as part of the launch, Curaleaf will increase its regular veteran discount from 10% to 22% while increasing the discount for 100 percent disabled veterans from 22% to 40% for each purchase.  Curaleaf has locations in Hanover, MA; Provincetown, MA; Oxford, MA and coming soon to Ware, MA (3/14/20).

“Even though marijuana is legal here in Massachusetts and in the majority of the United States, 20 million veterans are unable to access medical cannabis to help them cope with a number of physical and mental health issues including PTSD,” says Joe Lusardi, CEO, Curaleaf. “The Veterans Cannabis Project (VCP) strives to bring additional visibility to this important issue to help millions of veterans across the United States and those here in Massachusetts to have greater access to high quality medicinal cannabis they want and deserve.”

U.S. Air Force veteran Doug Distaso is the Executive Director for the Veterans Cannabis Project.

“As a veteran who lives the post-service struggle and was lucky enough to escape the dangerous opioids prescribed to me, I try to make those who are struggling more comfortable searching for help,” Distaso says. “Cannabis helped me alleviate my symptoms and it has helped my fellow combat veterans as well.”

“We thank Curaleaf for including us in its mission,” says Dan Magoon, Executive Director for Massachusetts Fallen Heroes. “Their donations and continued support will allow us to fund a number of different initiatives aimed to empower our veterans community in the years to come.”

Curaleaf launched the Veterans Cannabis Project initiative in Maryland, Maine, New Jersey, Nevada, Oregon and Arizona in 2019. The company will continue rolling out the program at Curaleaf dispensaries across the United States.

Curaleaf Massachusetts operates two adult-use dispensaries in Provincetown and Oxford and two medical only dispensaries in Hanover and Oxford (co-located with the adult-use store). A third adult-use dispensary is scheduled to open in Ware, Massachusetts this spring. Curaleaf currently employs 65 people at its national headquarters in Wakefield, MA and another 150 employees at its local Massachusetts operations.

About Curaleaf Holdings, Inc.

Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. (CSE: CURA) (OTCQX: CURLF) (“Curaleaf”) is a leading vertically integrated multi-state cannabis operator with a dominant presence on both the East and West coasts of the United States, the largest cannabis market in the world. As a high-growth cannabis company known for quality, expertise, and reliability, the company and its brands, Curaleaf and Select, provide industry-leading service, product selection, and accessibility across the medical and adult-use markets. Strategically positioned in highly populated, limited-license states, the company currently operates in 17 states with 53 dispensaries, 15 cultivation sites, and 24 processing sites. Curaleaf employs over 2,200 people across the United States.

For more information please visit www.curaleaf.com.

Visit www.ma.curaleaf.com for information on Curaleaf Massachusetts.

2020 MFH Platoon Marathon

Join MFH Platoon for the 2020 Boston Marathon

Mass Save® and MFH Collaborate on LED Sale for Fourth 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 fourth 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.”

During the past three years, our partnership has led to 250,000 more LEDs in our state and raised over $110,000 for Massachusetts Fallen Heroes. 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.

Many Honoring Fallen Boston Soldier by Volunteering in His Native Country

BOSTON – Honoring the life of a local soldier with a week of service, Monday morning several people, including police officers and firefighters, are on their way to Cape Verde.

Organized by the Cape Verdean Nurses Association and the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes, the volunteers will improve and renovate a hospital in the fallen hero’s native country.

United States Army Sgt. Alberto Montrond was 27 when he was killed in Afghanistan in 2006, 10 years after emigrating to the States. A plaque to honor his ultimate sacrifice was previously unveiled at the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial in Jamaica Plain.

Read full article

Additional coverage:

  • https://www.bostonherald.com/2019/11/10/boston-nurses-veterans-and-unions-to-honor-fallen-cape-verdean-soldier/
  • https://boston.cbslocal.com/2019/11/10/massachusetts-fallen-heroes-veterans-day-alberto-montrond-cape-verde-hospital/
Man handing car keys to another man

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.

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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/

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