Since donating 375 iPads to the Holyoke and Chelsea Soldiers’ Homes last month, we’ve received an outpouring of support for our initiative, Operation Connecting Veterans Home. With COVID-19 changing the ways our Veterans receive critical services and socialize with friends and family, we felt it was part of our mission to support the Veteran community and think outside the box to discover new solutions to these emerging issues. To continue the operation, we’ve added Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center (MVOC) and Volunteers of America (VOA) at the Massachusetts Bay Veterans Center (MBVC) to our growing list of iPad recipients. In total, we have donated nearly 500 iPads to Veterans organizations in Massachusetts and look forward to adding more!

MVOC received 20 iPads to help safely continue their important work while adhering to physical distancing guidelines. The iPads will help the Veterans at MVOC stay connected with their family, friends, counselors and conduct telehealth sessions during this difficult time.

Charley Murphy, Executive Director of Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center, accepts iPads from Robert Notch, Former Program Development Officer at Brighton Marine.

Founded in 1981 by a Gold Star wife in honor of her husband who suffered from PTSD, MVOC provides Veterans with services and programs addressing housing, transportation, PTSD, food insecurity, and other issues facing Veterans in Massachusetts. We’re grateful to MVOC for their continued advocacy and support of our Veterans and their families.

In addition, we were happy to donate 25 iPads to the Volunteers of America (VOA) at the Massachusetts Bay Veterans Center (MBVC) in Somerville. This donation ensures that the residents at their nearly 29 residential units can safely connect with essential services and loved ones.

VOA staff receives iPads from Brighton Marine. Pictured (left to right) Eric Thornton, VOA Case Manager, Denzel Douglas, Brighton marine Intake & Referral Specialist, and Veterans Peter Rice, Aaron Lancor, and Derek Fuller.

VOA at MBVC has helped countless Veterans transition out of homelessness, connect with helpful services, and much more. Fostering a community of acceptance where Veterans are given the time and resources to take care of themselves and gain the independences they deserve, they’re a great member of the Veteran support community of Massachusetts.

Do you know of an organization that could benefit from Operation Connecting Veterans Home? Contact us today as we’re looking to donate more iPads to help Veterans through this public health crisis.

For 37 years, Brighton Marine has served military and veteran families by providing extensive care services to Veterans throughout New England and, more recently, by connecting veteran service providers through its coordinated care network. In addition to providing Veteran support services, the Brighton Marine campus is home to the Residences at Brighton Marine–the country’s first public and private housing project for Active Duty, Veterans, National Guard, Reservists and their families–and will soon add permanent housing for high-needs male veterans.