Free grab-and-go lunch for veterans and active-duty military members in West Springfield

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WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Partners for Community Action and the Springfield Vet Center invited veterans and active-duty military to attend a free drive-up luncheon Friday.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the event includes a free souvenir bag, information and materials on local programs and services at a veteran friendly environment located at Springfield Vet Center on 95 Ashley Ave. in West Springfield.

Barbecued chicken with corn on the cob was the incentive that attracted veterans to the Springfield Vet Center for this monthly meal provided by the Springfield Partners for Community Action. It’s not just the meal that attracted Vietnam veteran Earl Godrey of Longmeadow, it’s something much more.

“It’s a lot of mutual respect, and appreciation. Camaraderie, and the feeling of home. And being cared for and remembered. Through all of these things.” Earl Godrey

It’s no less an occasion for the young women serving the grab and go meal for the agency that helps meet the needs of hundreds of veterans every day with a variety of programs.

“It’s just great to get out there and speak with them. Everything’s been remote, it’s nice to make a connection, and let them know that we’re here.” Christina Chavez, Springfield Partners for Community Action

Veterans can count on coming to the Vet Center for a grab and go meals on the last Friday of every month-where as Vietnam veteran Earl Godfrey put it, they’ll share mutual respect, appreciation and camaraderie.

Springfield Partners for Community Action helps provide assistance to those that need credit counseling, fuel assistance, income tax clinic, transportation, education and employment assistance and veteran services including disability claims, health care benefits and more.

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