Since 9/11, thousands of Massachusetts residents have enlisted in the military, answering the call to serve. The conflicts of the past ten years and repeated deployments have affected military veterans and families alike. The stress of their time away and of rejoining their families has proved challenging.

JF&CS is reaching out to families of these veterans and active-duty military through an innovative new peer-to-peer program called Shoulder to Shoulder. Using the model created by the award-winning JF&CS Lauren and Mark Rubin Visiting Moms® program, Shoulder to Shoulder pairs trained volunteers with military families for weekly, one-hour visits in the home.

“The program will help to bridge the civilian-military gap that exists in our community, while addressing the unique challenges faced by veterans and their families,” said Jamie Grossman, founder of Shoulder to Shoulder, JF&CS Board member, and an active volunteer, advisor, and ambassador for the program. “This is a vulnerable community, suffering the invisible wounds of war.”

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