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    Keeping our Veteran Families Connected

    iPads delivered to Holyoke Soldiers' Home

    Photo By Spc. Samuel Keenan | HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass.—Skip (left) speaks to his daughter Erin and other...... read more read more

    Keeping our Veteran Families Connected
    Story by Sgt. 1st Class Laura Berry

    HOLYOKE, Mass. — Soldiers from the Massachusetts National Guard delivered iPads to the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, Apr. 20, 2020.  The need was identified in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic - to make sure service members were able to video chat their loved ones while they are quarantined due to the virus.

    Since Apr. 1, 2020, the Military Friends Foundation has been working with Brig. Gen. Francis Magurn, to keep the Veteran Families connected at the Holyoke Soldiers Home and the Chelsea Soldiers Home.

    “The COVID-19 pandemic has forced veterans at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home to be physically apart from their loved ones,” said Sarah Sweeney, Army Wife & Executive Director of Military Friends Foundation. “During these uncertain times, we must ensure our Veterans have every opportunity to stay connected with their family and loved ones. Our hope is this donation of iPads and the Massachusetts National Guard members facilitating video calls can be the bridge to keep these families connected.”

    Military Friends Foundation has purchased iPads with funds from their COVID-19 Massachusetts Military Family Relief Fund for both Veterans homes in Chelsea and Holyoke.  In the few weeks since the COVID-19 Massachusetts Military Family Relief Fund was formed, it has provided more than  $100,000 in grants to directly support military families.

    The organizations made a donation of 20 iPads for the Holyoke Soldiers Home and five iPads for the Chelsea Soldiers Home.  Military Friends Foundation will take on any administrative costs to get the program up and running so there is no delay to assist the Veterans.

    The Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, established in 1952, is a full-service hospital and center for Veterans, with 247 beds in the main nursing facility and 30 full-time residents in the domiciliary care building. The Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea, established in 1882, is a medium facility with 88 beds and offers residential and long term care programs.  These programs are offered to eligible Veterans of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


    For more information visit Caution-www.militaryfriends.org. 100% of all donations to the Fund support Massachusetts military families impacted by this crisis.

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    Date Taken: 05.01.2020
    Date Posted: 05.01.2020 16:08
    Story ID: 369037
    Location: MA, US

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