The US Department of Labor’s Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program has awarded $15 million to veterans benefit programs across the country, including one-and-a-half million in Massachusetts alone. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard took a look at how the grants will affect the region.
In announcing their intention to cancel this year’s Memorial Day Parade, in Saratoga Springs, New York, last week, the annual event’s sponsoring organization, listed a number of reasons, one of which really shocked this commentator’s sense of how cheaply, beyond dollar value, many of today’s Americans assess the worth of their so-called ‘Freedom.’ The sponsors literally stated the event was too ‘dollar-costly.’
At that moment, the full meaning of just how materialistically divided we’ve become, struck home. Then, a flood of pointedly related questions arose:
Construction work on publicly funded housing developments in Massachusetts should be booming in coming months. The Patrick administration has committed tens of millions of dollars to build or preserve affordable housing across the state. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
$105 million in tax credits and subsidies from federal and state programs is being awarded for 36 housing developments in 28 communities. State officials say this will build or preserve almost 22 hundred housing units and create an estimated 3000 construction jobs.
For the past three years, Todd Rosenfield has been a volunteer service officer, helping Veterans access benefits and services and he joins us to talk about the benefits Veterans and their families should expect.
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