Soldiers' Home of Holyoke


The head of the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services was confronted at a meeting today by residents of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, family members, and veterans’ advocates over staffing levels and state financial support for the long-term care facility, which is undergoing a management shakeup.


Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and several of Baker’s cabinet secretaries were in western Massachusetts Friday for a series of tours, meetings and grant announcements in each of the four western counties. 

Baker’s schedule of appearances highlighted his administration’s campaign to combat the opioid epidemic, underscore the importance of military bases to the state’s economy, and showcase an innovative public school.  He also addressed local concerns about the future of the state-owned nursing home for military veterans in Holyoke.

A photo of Pearl Harbor survivor Joseph Mieleszko

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day was observed today at a western Massachusetts long term care facility that has the largest population of World War II veterans in New England.

About 100 residents and staff of the Massachusetts Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke assembled in the facility’s canteen for a ceremony that began with the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance led by 93-year-old Joseph Mieleszko, one of only a handful of Pearl Harbor survivors in western Massachusetts.

Mieleszko, a former resident of Hatfield, said he remembers vividly what happened 74 years ago.


Officials announced details today for a new outreach effort to help military veterans across western Massachusetts.

   The first-ever Western Massachusetts Veterans Expo will be held Thursday, Oct.9 in the MassMutual Convention Center in downtown Springfield. 180 agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses and educational institutions will be present at the expo, which will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


  The Patrick administration in Massachusetts is taking steps to address the growing problem of senior dementia. A new program at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke is helping veterans and their families cope with Alzheimer’s disease.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

   Bill McGill of Montgomery said he was stressed out a few years ago, when he realized his 90…had been wondering off and might have Alzheimer’s disease. Having  him live at  the state run Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke has brought peace of mind.