Sunday, September 24th, 2017

LYNN/August 16, 2017, Daily Item, By Bella Digrazia — Local students piled in with smiles on their faces as they scoured the stock of school supplies, looking for their favorite items. For 10-year-old Maddoc Pilat that happens to be colored pens and markers. “Now I’m excited for the new school year as a fifth grader,” he […]

LYNN/August 2017 – As local students prepare to head back to school, military families will receive an extra “thank you” at the Annual “Back-To-School Bash” at Lynn Housing Authority and Neighborhood Development (LHAND).   The event, hosted by Military Friends Foundation and the LHAND Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program, will provide free school supplies, ice […]

HYANNIS/August –  On Saturday, August 5, 2017, will be the 6th Annual Military Friends Foundation, Military Appreciation Night at the Cape Cod Melody Tent.  Limited complimentary tickets are available for Massachusetts Gold Star Families through Military Friends Foundation.  Please email info@militaryfriends.org with your name, the name of your Fallen Hero, address, phone number and ticket request.  You will be contacted by […]

FALL RIVER/May 25, 2017 – On Friday, Gold Star Families from across the state will gather in Fall River at the state’s Gold Star Families Memorial to honor their loved ones. Governor Charlie Baker and state, local and military officials will join families for a ceremony of remembrance. Gold Star Families will share stories about […]

BEVERLY/March 31, 2017 — As a member of the U.S. Army Reserve, Jerry Parisella has been through the rigors of basic training and done tours in Bosnia and Iraq. He’s not entirely unprepared for a marathon-long march in uniform and boots while carrying a 35-pound backpack. Or at least he hopes so. “I know it’s going […]

March 28 2017/Amesbury – Daily News by Jim Sullivan   — State Rep. Jim Kelcourse can often be found walking the streets of his district, meeting and greeting residents during campaign season, but this time he’s hitting the road with 35 pounds of military equipment on his back, training for the Tough Ruck. “I was always […]

WOBURN/March 28, 2017  – The Stoneham Independent By Nancy Donahue.  He’s getting ready to embark on one of the most grueling races around, but for Stoneham native Ricky Atherton, the cause is so much bigger than the challenge. On April 17, Ricky will run the 121st Boston Marathon in memory the kid brother he lost […]

LYNN/December 5, 2016 By GAYLA CAWLEY Lynn Item Operation Military Smiles Toy Shops, a Military Friends Foundation Project, gave  toys to more than 100 children on Sunday. The Military Friends Foundation partnered with the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF), an initiative of Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development (LHAND) to bring smiles to children of […]

November 30, 2016/Boston – For many military families, their lives are drastically changed when a family member is away serving their country. Established in 2003, Military Friends Foundation was created as an independent non-profit organization. Their mission is to assist Guard, Reserve and Families of the Fallen facing financial hardships related to deployment or extended […]

November 30 2016/BOSTON – Boston Globe by Olivia Quintana Gold Star families packed into the State House Tuesday afternoon to have a grand holiday tree dedicated to the loved ones they have lost in military service to the nation. “Take in the precious moments that you can. Let the songs, the smells, and the sights that […]