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Information From the Gloucester Office of Veterans' Services
12 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester, MA
Mailing Address:  City Hall, 9 Dale Avenue, Gloucester, MA  01930
Phone:  978-281-9740
email:  
lamero@ci.gloucester.ma.us

 


April 10, 2006:  Gloucester Military Family Members
 
Please contact the Gloucester Office of Veterans' Services at (978) 281-9740 to register your active duty family member and to have military member's names announced during upcoming city ceremonies.



Photos of Support Rally held on March 30, 2003 at Gloucester City Hall

Still looking for military families!  Please contact OVS to register Gloucester Military Service members.

IIMPORTANT - Disturbing Hoax -  The American Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services has received word from the National Guard Bureau of several recent incidents where family members of deployed service members received telephone calls from individuals claiming to be a representative of the Red Cross.  The callers informed these families that their deployed service member was kille in action, missing in action or a prisoner of war.  The United States Military, not the American Red Cross, is the organization that notifies families.  Report incidents at 1-888-309-9679.  Incidents have occurred in Delaware, Alabama, and Michigan.

Operation Uplink offers free phone cards for hospitalized or deployed military along with other useful information.

Defend America   Log on to this Department of Defense web site and sign a brief  message to thank the men and women of the U. S. Military. (See link at bottom of page for a local message center.)

PRAYER BOARD

Add your Military family photo and name.

CONTACT PASTOR ARDIS MAYO-MCNEIL

Gloucester United Methodist Church

436 Washington Street

(978) 281-1040

We're here for you.  Family members of Gloucester residents serving in the United States Military, please contact the Office of Veterans' Services for information and registration.

BLUE STAR BANNERS are still unavailable through the American Legion. They will let us know when the banners arrive. Contact us if you have been unsuccessful in your own search.

Internet access is available to military family members to send email.  We can schedule at your convenience.

Operation Shoe Box is well under way.  If you would like to volunteer to help send much needed supplies to our troops, please contact Lois Couch at 978-282-5401 or any member of Utica Council #46 Degree of the Pocahontas for information and a list of suggested items.  Or visit
www.operationshoebox.com for information.

Shipping Charges. A major source of concern for many people is shipping charges for Operation Shoebox and families sending packages overseas. A couple ideas to help: (1) Groups & Organizations can donate shipping money instead of goods. (2) Ask each contributor to tape a couple of dollars on each box to help with shipping costs. ANY IDEAS?

The Department of the Army stated that because of security, mail and packages will not be delivered to servicemen and women unless they are specifically addressed to an individual.

The Salvation Army has a number of programs for military families.  The Red Shield Fund is accepting donations where 100% of your donation will help families with food and other needed items.  Make checks payable to the Salvation Army/Red Shield Fund and you can drop it off at our office.  Along with the U.S.O., the Salvation Army is in the process of collecting "baby shower" items to be given to the military families with infants and small children.  More to come on the baby shower and Gloucester's effort for this program.  Contact the Salvation Army in Boston at 617-542-5420.

The American Red Cross can be contacted at their Gloucester Office for emergency assistance.  They will assist you with emergency contact information.  978-283-1660.

Please show support for our troops by flying an American Flag or hanging yellow ribbons.

Please contact the Gloucester Office of Veteran's Services if you are planning any special event or fund-raiser in support of our troops.

Family members - contact us, we are here for you.

Please contact the Office of Veterans' Services with helpful information that you may have regarding Gloucester military families, family assistance programs, and military contacts that we may not have.


MILITARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE AND NETWORKING

  • UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

1-866-299-0596

  • UNITED STATES ARMY

1-800-833-6622

  • UNITED STATES NAVY

FAMILY MATTERS SUPPORT AND DEPLOYMENT OPERATION

1-800-372-5463

  • UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

OPERATION ONE SOURCE

1-800-433-6868

  • AMERICAN RED CROSS

ARMED FORCES EMERGENCY CENTER

WORRIED/COMPASSIONATE CALLS

1-888-737-4306

GLOUCESTER OFFICE

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

(978) 283-1660

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