Holyoke Police Department donate funds to local non-profit for veterans

Hampden County

HOLYOKE, Mass (WWLP) – The Holyoke Police Department donated funds to an organization committed to ensuring veterans have rides to and from their doctor’s appointments.

In a news release sent to 22News, Holyoke Police Officer’s Ball Committee members donated the money to the non-profit organization, Vet Air at the War Memorial Building at 310 Appleton Street in Holyoke on Monday.

According to Holyoke Police Department Lieutenant Jim Albert, the money they raised was from an event called “Manuary” and was donated to Mr. Jesus Pereira of the non-profit organization.

Captain Matthew Moriarty presented a two $2,000 checks to Jesus Periera, the cities veteran service director. Periera is also a member of Vet Air.

“At any point, a veteran may receive an appointment 2,3,4,5 hours away from home,” said Capt. Moriarty. “And our service, we round up volunteer pilots and transport veterans to a local airport, near the place of their appointment.”

Capt. Moriarty was accompanied by members of the Holyoke Police Ball Committee for the check presentation. For years, the department has raised money for veteran services.

In addition to the $2,000 from Holyoke, Easthampton Police also contributed, writing a $500 check to help veterans meet their medical needs.

To learn more about Vet Air you can call 413-250-0765 or visit their website.

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