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Counseling Services Deploy for Boston-Area Vets

Compliments of:

by Alex Horton

As one Afghanistan Veteran put it earlier today, the Boston Marathon bombings this month brought the experience of war to our city streets. Three people were killed with over two hundred injured, many of which are now amputees. The method of attack—and the injuries—are reminiscent of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The images of the bombing and the aftermath circulated widely following the attacks, and in the wake of heightened tension, some Veterans in the Boston area, many of them students, expressed a need for counseling services. VA and the Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services, in coordination with local Vets groups, responded with a deployment of five Mobile Vet Centers. The first one posted up yesterday afternoon near the marathon finish line, and within minutes, began to provide counseling services for area Veterans. Additionally, all members of the support staff are Veterans themselves.

The five Mobile Vet Centers will provide grief counseling and referrals for further care at VA, along with information on general benefits and resources.

Below are the locations where Vets can find the Mobile Vet Centers. If you’re in the area and were affected by the bombings, don’t hesitate to come on by and talk with a fellow Veteran about it. Be sure to pass it along to buddies in the area as well.

4/26/13 – (rest of the afternoon)
Copley Square Area
Private Charles J Shugt Detachment Marine Corp League – 215 Mt. Auburn Street Watertown, MA

4/27/13 – Saturday
University of Massachusetts Amherst
3rd Annual Vet Run (Suffolk Downs)
Copley Square Area

Private Charles J Shugt Detachment Marine Corp League – 215 Mt. Auburn Street Watertown, MA

4/28/13 – Sunday
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Copley Square Area

Private Charles J Shugt Detachment Marine Corp League – 215 Mt. Auburn Street Watertown, MA

Special thanks to Riverside Community Care, Massachusetts Rehab Commission, Boston Public Health, Boston Veterans Services, and Watertown Veterans Services for their work on coordinating this effort

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At age 6, Susan was destined to be a journalist and photographer.  In 1980, Susan founded Bainbridge News and The Bainbridge Chronicle Newspaper. Bainbridge News specializes in Military and National Politics, including Military Funerals and Burials and Political Funerals and Burials.  Susan has covered the White House, the Pentagon and Capitol Hill. She has covered every president from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama. Recognized for her versatility, Susan has also covered finance, crime, civil rights events, marches, sports, musical events and more. In 1990, she established Bainbridge Photography, an On-Location photography company. In addition to military and political events, including Military and Political funerals and burials, Bainbridge Photography expanded into covering ALL funerals and burials, receptions, weddings, real estate, inventory, insurance, portrait, head shot, pets, fire and Hazmat.  Miss Bainbridge believes in going the extra mile. "My Clients always come first." In 1980, Susan began her career in Washington, D.C., working for WMZQ Radio as a reporter and guest hostess from 1980 to 1985. Intrigued by radio, Susan wanted to write, freelancing for radio, television and print newspapers, including AP, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Northern Virginia Sun, The Press-Republican and The Bainbridge Chronicle (established by Susan Bainbridge). In 1986, Susan worked at WDCA-TV Channel 20 as a guest hostess for "Eye On Washington." From 1990 to 1994, Susan reported and anchored for "The Arlington Weekly News." Additionally, she produced a segment for the G. Gordon Liddy Radio Show. A prolific writer, while in high school in 1977, Bainbridge wrote an episode for NBC's "Little House on The Prairie" entitled "Laura's Best Friend." Though the show's producers did not use the script then, NBC producers encouraged Susan to pursue a writing and journalism career. Susan is a member of the National Press Club, the National Press Photographer's Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. Susan Bainbridge's recognitions include from former Presidents Ronald Reagan, George Herbert Walker Bush and Bill Clinton, former First Lady Nancy Reagan, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the late actor Lorne Greene, among many others. BAINBRIDGE NEWS was founded in 1980 by Susan Bainbridge (a sixth generation writer), a third generation journalist, a first generation photographer and a fourth generation entrepreneur. She is the first generation to establish a news business. Bainbridge News is dedicated in honor of Miss Bainbridge's late grandfather and idol, Mark S. Watson (The Baltimore Sun editor and war correspondent from 1920 to his death in 1966).

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