Thursday, June 1st, 2023

MASHPEE – Tough Ruck, a project of Military Friends Foundation 501c3, is a group of military personnel, first-responders and civilians dedicated to keeping the memories of these Fallen Heroes alive and raising funds to immediately assist Massachusetts military families touch by sudden tragedy. On July 28, Kevin Quinn of Mashpee, who served two tours in Afghanistan, […]

KUWAIT – Deployed Massachusetts Soldiers are preparing to honor Fallen Weymouth Police Officer Michael Chesna with a “Tough Ruck Memorial March” in Kuwait on Friday.  They will march in full military gear, including their ruck sacks, in memory of Officer Chesna who served tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan.  Each Tough Rucker will also carry […]

  AMESBURY –  On April 10th, Jake Bent, age 19, was serving in the Army in Afghanistan. He was assigned to a remote outpost when he received non-combat second and third degree burns to both legs, right arm and face.    “We have 3 sons serving in the Army including Jake, who was wrapping up a […]

MANSFIELD – Wicked Local by Donna Whitehead – Imagine running the Boston Marathon, 26.2 miles of pounding the pavement from Hopkinton to Boston. Now add a 35-pound pack. That’s the Tough Ruck. For the Tough Ruck, held in partnership with the Boston Athletic Association, military and civilians walk in memory of fallen service members, police, […]

BOSTON/December 6, 2017 – Alyssa Meyers GLOBE CORRESPONDENT – Siobhan O’Brien smiled as her two daughters placed a homemade ornament on a giant, glowing Christmas tree Tuesday at the State House. Loralei, 5, and Lani, 11, have been looking forward to the annual tree dedication ceremony because it gives them a chance to remember their father, Gregg […]

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 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 […]