WBZ Cares: Beyond Basic Veteran Care

Brighton Marine Health Center (Photo Credit: Brighton Marine Health Center/Facebook)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Each month, “WBZ Cares” highlights a worthy non-profit organization and tells the story of what that organization does for the community. This month WBZ is profiling the Brighton Marine Health Center, which helps connect veterans and their families with the resources they need.

Brighton Marine works with the City of Boston to put on several events that benefit veterans. Program Development Officer Bob Notch says one of those is a day-long event called “Thank a Vet”, and it involves the personal touch.

“They take volunteers out from the community and you go out and you knock on doors of veterans that you know that live in a given neighborhood, so Brighton/Allston was the area we were covering. We hosted, acted as the headquarters I guess, for that operation, for the day, helped them contact all the veterans and provided them information in case they needed assistance,” Notch stated.

Brighton Marine also hosts Veteran's Story Telling events, where vets talk about their own experiences in the military.

“It’s just plainly veteran’s, getting up, getting ten minutes to tell their story, whether it’s an experience that they had, something during the war, or just something they just want to share about their service. It’s a unique experience because you really get a personal touch from that veteran who’s speaking. And then you also get the personal touch based on whether they were in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, so you really get a broad brush of what the experiences were,” Notch concluded.

WBZ NewsRadio1030's Doug Cope Reports

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