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Freedom Fighters Play for NECHV

The Freedom Fighters Hockey team once again squared off against the Boston Bruins Alumni team in support of the New England Center and Home for Veterans! The 6th annual game took place on March 25, 2018, at 7:00 PM at the Stoneham Arena.

The Freedom Fighters team was created in 2012 by Frank Scioli, a Stoneham resident and longtime hockey player who became inspired to find his own way to help Veterans after witnessing the difficulties his father-in-law, a Vietnam Veteran, experienced when seeking support and services for health issues. Scioli gathered a group of friends and together they formed the Freedom Fighters Hockey team. The Boston Bruins Alumni team agreed to participate, and a tradition was born.

Last year, the team raffled off a one-of-a-kind hockey mask made by Jesse’s Custom Design. The design represented both the Freedom Fighters and the Boston Bruins Alumni and commemorated the 5th anniversary of the event. Due to the success of last year’s raffle, Jesse’s Custom Design designed another mask for this year’s event, and even dropped the puck to start the game!

We had a great time, and can’t wait for next year!


Advancement Team


New England Center and Home for Veterans
Advancement Department
17 Court Street
Boston, MA 02108

617-371-1777 (tel)
617-371-1840 (fax)


Charlene F. Pontbriand
Senior Vice President, Advancement

Mark O. Gough
Director of Corporation and Foundation Relations

Nicole Hand
Director of Sponsorships and Events

Adrienne Kaplowitz
Philanthropic Officer, Community Engagement

Nick Feeko 
Communications Associate

Duyen Hua
Lead Development Associate

Maggie Retton
Development Associate


Lindsay Davis-Braun
Development Systems Manager




The New England Center and Home for Veterans is pleased to announce that the annual Greater Boston Stand Down will take place on Friday, September 9, 2022 at Boston City Hall Plaza. This yearly event brings together community providers and Veterans in one place to provide Veterans easy access to services and employment opportunities.

As in past years, over 100 service providers, employers, and community organizations are expected to turn out and provide essential supportive services, including housing assistance, medical care and wellness programs, legal support and employment assistance. Veterans will also be able to enjoy a free lunch and live entertainment.

For more information about the event, or to apply as a service provider, please contact Download and print the event flyer here.

Important information for Veterans planning to attend:
Veteran service hours are from 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM. You must bring proof of service. DD214 is acceptable.

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