VETERANS

Noelle Franco rehearses a scene in "Deployed."
Ruby Summers

A new play called "Deployed" is based on the words of dozens of women who served in the U.S. military in places like Vietnam, Okinawa, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The 2016 Veterans Day parade in Northampton, Mass.
file photo / Daily Hampshire Gazette

Northampton, Massachusetts, won't be holding a parade on Veterans Day this year — in part because of declining attendance.

People looking to get a job at MGM Springfield use the computer to match their skills to potential jobs, during a career fair in October 2014.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

MGM officials told Massachusetts gambling regulators Thursday that the company is on pace to hire 3,000 employees before it opens its Springfield casino next month. But so far, MGM is coming up short on some hiring goals.

The suicide rate for female veterans has soared 85 percent in recent years, leading the military, VA and advocacy groups to try new ways to improve women's mental health care during and after service.

One key focus: how to tailor the sometimes tricky jump from the military to the civilian world.

Women's experiences in the military are different from men's, so their transition needs to be different, too, said retired Army Col. Ellen Haring, director of research for the advocacy group Service Women's Action Network (SWAN).

Former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg made a public address at the Florence Memorial Day Parade.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

Former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg was among the dignitaries who spoke at the Florence parade Monday, on the 150th anniversary of the oldest continuously run Memorial Day parade in the United States. 

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