Twenty-three years ago VFP held its first Poetry Contest as part of Cape Cod Community College’s “Peace Week” ceremonies. In the 23 years, more than 10,950 Cape and Islands poets have participated.
These are still difficult times for finding peace and forgiveness, both at home and abroad. We start here by expressing our thoughts through poetry, to find peaceful solutions to conflict and war. We are deeply appreciative of all writers who responded to the contest and of the teachers and parents who encourage their students.
The Poetry Contest Awards Program will be held Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the South Congregational Church, Centerville, MA from 10 am to noon. The award winning poets from first graders to adults read their poems. We salute the adult poets who, by their example, continue to demonstrate the inter-generational community that struggles for a more just and peaceful world.
Donations are always needed.
Last year the Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach Center (formerly the Nam Vets Association) Food Pantry served the equivalent of over 47,000 meals to the almost seven hundred enrolled veterans and their families.
The food pantry is located at the Veterans Outreach Center building at 569 Main Street in Hyannis.
Meetings are generally held at 6:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month, at the Salt Marsh Center, 218 West Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601.
Everyone is welcome.
Please join us.
(No meetings July & Aug.)
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Why the Jeffrey M. Lucey Chapter?
In March 2011, the
Cape Cod Chapter
of Veterans For
and renamed our
chapter in honor of
Corporal Jeffrey M.
A 23-year-old Iraq War veteran, Jeff Lucey suffered from Post Tramatic Stress Disorder and in his anguish took his own life on June 22, 2004, almost a year after his discharge from active military duty. Jeff’s family home is in Belchertown, Massachusetts and his parents have, since his death, become tireless advocates for active duty and discharged military personnel who are experiencing this horrendous and widespread disorder.
With this renaming and dedication, our chapter became the first VFP chapter in the nation to name itself in honor of a war veteran who died by suicide related to PTSD. In keeping with the VFP mission to “increase public awareness of the true costs of war,” we now focus a part of our efforts on the work of advocacy and healing for veterans and active duty military personnel suffering from PTSD.