WBZ Cares: Taking Care Of Our Veterans

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 acts as a hub of resources for veterans.

“We like to think of it as a one-stop shopping. Services range from the basic medical care to be able to get prescriptions, dental care, eye care, you know the traditional services that veterans have earned,” board member and Vietnam vet Tom Lyons stated.

Lyons says the need for veterans' services is growing.

“Many of us came home, put our sea bag away, and just kinda went on with the rest of our lives. As we get older now, we’re realizing that the importance of being able to have the connection with the facility, like Brighton Marine, to help us as we age and as we start to move into those twilight years as they say,” Lyons added.

He says there is also a big need for housing, and Brighton Marine assists homeless vets through a fund that helps with security deposits, first and last month's rent, utility bills and moving expenses.

“I think the housing piece is one that I am really proud of because of the fact that we really haven’t built veterans housing since 1946. And now we’re finally realizing that men and women who are coming out of the military need that same opportunity that those veterans who came out of World War II got,” Lyons commented.

Lyons sums it up this way, “In my eyes, Brighton Marine is a hidden jewel.”

WBZ NewsRadio1030's Doug Cope Reports

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