Welcome to our Media page. Here you will find coverage of our Coalition and news regarding our efforts to build a better Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke for the future.

You can find all of our media statements and releases here.​

If you are a member of the media and would like to speak to a representative of our coalition to learn more about our mission and goals please email us here.

OUR COVERAGE

Families of Holyoke Soldiers’ Home vets tell heartbreaking tales; Some say facility is still having problems today

October 20, 2020, Commonwealth Magazine

https://commonwealthmagazine.org/health-care/families-of-holyoke-soldiers-home-vets-tell-heartbreaking-tales/

https://commonwealthmagazine.org/health-care/families-of-holyoke-soldiers-home-vets-tell-heartbreaking-tales/

Families of Holyoke Soldiers’ Home veterans offer heartbreaking testimony on deadly coronavirus outbreak

October 20, 2020, Boston Herald

https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/10/20/families-of-holyoke-soldiers-home-veterans-offer-heartbreaking-testimony-on-deadly-coronavirus-outbreak/

Legislative Committee Hears From Holyoke Soldiers' Home Families

October 20, 2020, WAMC Northeast Public Radio

https://www.wamc.org/post/legislative-committee-hears-holyoke-soldiers-home-families

Legislature’s Soldiers’ Home Oversight Committee holds first public hearing for families

October 20, 2020, The Westfield News

https://thewestfieldnews.com/legislatures-soldiers-home-oversight-committee-holds-first-public-hearing-for-families/?fbclid=IwAR3qX-ySl7cri6p290QyepTiL8qomzBnb8HqNRo7vhDMPODkfGD4bE62Kd4

Families Of Veterans Lost During Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Coronavirus Outbreak Plead For Changes

October 20, 2020, CBS 4 Boston

https://boston.cbslocal.com/2020/10/20/holyoke-soldiers-home-hearing-coronavirus-outbreak-deaths/?utm_campaign=true_anthem&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=social&fbclid=IwAR0iPujWgMlfZZiMhbYhd33mk-XOc3aac1PgQu8mu0BQ9qYlTR3O6424Jvk

Families Testify on Holyoke Soldiers' Home Outbreak as Visitation Suspended

October 20, 2020, NBC 10 Boston

https://www.nbcboston.com/news/coronavirus/families-to-testify-on-holyoke-soldiers-home-outbreak-as-visitation-suspended/2214820/

Coalition member speaks out about Holyoke Soldiers' Home

October 19, 2020, Western Mass News

https://www.westernmassnews.com/news/coalition-member-speaks-out-about-holyoke-soldiers-home/article_57fa4b96-1254-11eb-905d-fb9bd0a3e591.html

Coalition to hold stand-out in support of families outside Holyoke Soldiers’ Home hearing at Holyoke Community College

October 19, 2020, Springfield Republican, MassLIVE.com

https://www.masslive.com/coronavirus/2020/10/coalition-to-hold-stand-out-in-support-of-families-outside-holyoke-soldiers-home-hearing-at-holyoke-community-college.html

Holyoke Soldiers' Home Coalition encouraged by progress

October 7, 2020, The Reminder

https://www.thereminder.com/localnews/holyoke/holyoke-soldiers-home-coalition-encouraged-by-prog/

Holyoke Soldiers' Home Coalition seeks to create virtual tribute

October 3, 2020, Springfield Republican | MassLIVE.com

https://www.masslive.com/coronavirus/2020/10/holyoke-soldiers-home-coalition-seeks-to-create-virtual-memorial-to-covid-19-victims.html

 

Critics say Holyoke Soldiers' Home chronically underfunded

September 27, 2020, Commonwealth Magazine

https://commonwealthmagazine.org/health-care/critics-say-holyoke-soldiers-home-chronically-underfunded/

 

Holyoke Soldiers' Home Coalition weighs in on future Home

September 23, 2020, Springfield Republican | MassLIVE.com

https://www.masslive.com/coronavirus/2020/09/holyoke-soldiers-home-coalition-weighs-in-on-future-designs-for-upgraded-facility.html

​​State begins needs assessment for Holyoke Soldiers’ Home COVID-19

September 15, 2020, Daily Hampshire Gazette

https://www.gazettenet.com/State-begins-needs-assessment-for-Holyoke-Soldiers-Home-COVID-19-36246373

State publishes survey in effort to ‘reimagine’ Holyoke Soldiers’ Home amid tragic loss of lives and waning pandemic

September 15, 2020, Springfield Republican | MassLIVE.com

https://www.masslive.com/coronavirus/2020/09/state-publishes-survey-in-effort-to-reimagine-holyoke-soldiers-home-amid-tragic-loss-of-lives-and-waning-pandemic.html

Veterans and the looming ‘gray tsunami’

September 10, 2020, Daily Hampshire Gazette

https://www.gazettenet.com/Columnist-John-Paradis-36161711

Reimagining the Holyoke Soldiers' Home: Our veterans are counting on us to get it right

September 8, 2020, OP-ED by the Coalition, Boston Globe

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/09/08/opinion/reimagining-holyoke-soldiers-home/

Families fight for change after a deadly outbreak at a Massachusetts veterans center

September 4, 2020, Denver 7 ABC

https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/national-politics/the-race-2020/families-fight-for-change-after-a-deadly-outbreak-at-a-massachusetts-veterans-center

Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Coalition gains support from Wilbraham

September 1, 2020, Springfield Republican | MassLIVE.com

https://www.masslive.com/news/2020/09/holyoke-soldiers-home-coalition-gains-support-from-wilbraham.html

Advocates voice concerns over process to renovate Holyoke Soldiers' Home

August 19, 2020, Western Mass News

https://www.westernmassnews.com/news/advocates-voice-concerns-over-process-to-renovate-holyoke-soldiers-home/article_73ff63e0-e265-11ea-b39c-0391c03cf869.html

State hires firm to help ‘reimagine’ Soldiers’ Home

August 18, 2020, Daily Hampshire Gazette

https://www.gazettenet.com/Baker-administration-announces-planning-phase-for-Holyoke-Soldiers-Home-35790630

Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Coalition release statement on future plans for facility

August 17, 2020, WWLP 22 News (NBC)

https://www.wwlp.com/news/local-news/hampden-county/holyoke-soldiers-home-coalition-release-statement-on-future-plans-for-facility/

New report shows nursing homes spike in new COVID cases due to community spread

August 13, 2020, Springfield Republican | MassLIVE.com

https://www.masslive.com/coronavirus/2020/08/new-report-shows-nursing-homes-spike-in-new-covid-cases-due-to-community-spread-repeating-the-same-mistakes.html

How a ‘small home’ model might work at Soldiers’ Home

August 13, 2020, Daily Hampshire Gazette

https://www.gazettenet.com/Columnist-John-Paradis-35698743

Vets earn best, safest care possible

August 13, 2020, Springfield Republican | MassLIVE.com

https://springfieldrepublican-ma-app.newsmemory.com/?publink=174d81f73

Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Coalition keeps up pressure on state officials to release plan to combat threat of 2nd COVID-19 outbreak

August 11, 2020, Springfield Republican | MassLIVE.com

https://www.masslive.com/coronavirus/2020/08/holyoke-soldiers-home-coalition-keeps-up-pressure-on-state-officials-to-release-plan-to-combat-threat-of-2nd-covid-19-outbreak.html

Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Coalition calls for additional resources from state

August 11, 2020, WWLP 22 News (NBC)

https://www.wwlp.com/news/state-politics/holyoke-soldiers-home-coalition-calls-for-additional-resources-from-state/

Partnership with VA would help Soldiers' Home, says Barabani

August 6, 2020, The Reminder
https://www.thereminder.com/localnews/greaterspringfield/partnership-with-va-would-help-soldiers-home-says-/

Amherst Council unanimously approves petition asking state to build new Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke

August 4, 2020, Springfield Republican | MassLIVE.com

https://www.masslive.com/news/2020/08/amherst-council-unanimously-approves-petition-asking-state-to-build-new-soldiers-home-in-holyoke.html

 

Ware Selectboard to act on resolution supporting new Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

July 31, 2020, Springfield Republican | MassLIVE.com

https://www.masslive.com/news/2020/07/ware-selectboard-to-act-on-resolution-supporting-new-holyoke-soldiers-home.html 

 

House Panel: COVID oversight lacking at state-run veterans’ homes – no reporting required to VA or CDC on cases, deaths

MedPage Today, July 30, 2020

https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19/87826

 

Retired Holyoke Soldiers’ Home leader Paul Barabani testifies before Congress, calling for more federal aid to support vets’ homes amid pandemic

July 29, 2020, Springfield Republican | MassLIVE.com

https://www.masslive.com/coronavirus/2020/07/retired-holyoke-soldiers-home-leader-paul-barabani-testifies-before-congress-calling-for-more-federal-aid-to-support-vets-homes-amid-pandemic.html

 

Lax VA oversight led to coronavirus outbreaks at state veterans’ homes, House lawmakers say

Stars & Stripes, July 29 2020

https://www.stripes.com/news/veterans/lax-va-oversight-led-to-coronavirus-outbreaks-at-state-veterans-homes-house-lawmakers-say-1.639291  

 

Hearing examining VA’s oversight role for Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

July 29, 2020, WWLP 22 News (NBC)

https://www.wwlp.com/news/i-team/hearing-examining-vas-oversight-role-for-holyoke-soldiers-home/

 

Retired Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Superintendent Speaks to Congress

July 29, 2020, WAMC Northeast Report

https://www.wamc.org/post/retired-holyoke-soldiers-home-superintendent-speaks-congress

 

Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Former Superintendent testifies before Congress

July 29, 2020, WBZ TV CBS 4 Boston 

https://boston.cbslocal.com/2020/07/29/holyoke-soldiers-home-former-superintendent-testifies-congress-richard-neal/

 

Retired Holyoke Soldiers’ Home superintendent testifies before Congress

July 29, 2020, Boston Herald

https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/07/29/retired-holyoke-soldiers-home-superintendent-testifies-before-congress/

 

Former superintendent Holyoke Soldiers’ Home testifies on capitol hill

July 29, 2020, Boston 25 News

https://www.boston25news.com/news/25-investigates/former-superintendent-holyoke-soldiers-home-testifies-capitol-hill/2MWTAFPSFBB7RKHP3CIXRVEXJQ/

 

Former Soldiers’ Home superintendent testifies before House panel

July 29, 2020, Western Mass News

https://www.westernmassnews.com/news/former-soldiers-home-superintendent-testifies-before-house-panel/article_92c9ca68-d1df-11ea-a2dc-db7d429a7748.html

 

Letter to the Editor: Soldiers’ Home is ‘unassailable debt’ due vets

July 26, 2020, Springfield Republican | MassLIVE.com

https://springfieldrepublican-ma-app.newsmemory.com/?publink=2f9c8437b

Three Western Mass. Towns Create Resolution to Call for More Funding at Soldier's Home

July 24, 2020, Worcester Spectrum News

https://spectrumnews1.com/ma/worcester/news/2020/07/24/holyoke-soldiers-home-coalition?fbclid=IwAR0lpAzxkWBoJqyHGoHdnuQRH0H_tUG7ps7dHvBT5LSi6L5yrn4Rn-6rALE

Three municipal boards throw support behind Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Coalition after COVID-19 crisis

July 22, 2020, Springfield Republican | MassLIVE.com

https://www.masslive.com/news/2020/07/three-municipal-boards-throw-support-behind-holyoke-soldiers-home-coalition-after-covid-19-crisis.html

Former Deputy Superintendent At Holyoke Soldiers' Home Says The State Has Long Ignored The Facility’s Needs

July 20, 2020, WGBH Boston “Greater Boston” program

https://www.wgbh.org/news/local-news/2020/07/20/former-deputy-superintendent-at-holyoke-soldiers-home-says-the-state-has-long-ignored-the-facilitys-needs

Lawmakers hear testimony on bill to improve Holyoke Soldiers’ Home following deadly COVID-19 outbreak

July 14, 2020, Springfield Republican | MassLIVE.com

https://www.masslive.com/news/2020/07/lawmakers-hear-testimony-on-bill-to-improve-holyoke-soldiers-home-following-deadly-covid-19-outbreak.html

 

Legislators told to hold up on Soldiers’ Home fixes

July 14, 2020, State House News Service (Published in several newspapers in the state)

https://www.gazettenet.com/Legislators-told-to-hold-up-on-Soldiers-Home-changes-35225387

https://www.lowellsun.com/2020/07/15/lawmakers-told-to-wait-on-holyoke-soldiers-home-reforms/

 

Advocates ask lawmakers not to move on Charlie Baker’s Holyoke Soldiers’ Home reforms

July 14, 2020, Boston Herald

https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/07/14/advocates-ask-lawmakers-not-to-move-on-charlie-bakers-holyoke-soldiers-home-reforms/

 

Hearing held for bill created in response to Holyoke Soldiers' Home COVID-19 outbreak

July 14, 2020, WCVB ABC 5 Boston

https://www.wcvb.com/article/hearing-set-for-bill-created-in-response-to-holyoke-soldiers-home-covid-19-outbreak/33307785

 

Veterans organizations calling for immediate funding for Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

July 14, 2020, WWLP 22News NBC

https://www.wwlp.com/news/state-politics/veterans-organizations-calling-for-immediate-funding-for-holyoke-soldiers-home/

 

 

Veterans Ask State to Get it Right for Soldiers’ Home Reforms

July 14, 2020, Boston25 Fox

https://www.boston25news.com/news/health/veterans-ask-state-get-it-right-soldiers-home-reforms/NCFXMTEHVRBKVIBX7CGGBB4UT4/

Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Coalition pushes Baker for funding renovations after deadly coronavirus outbreak

July 3, 2020, Boston Herald

https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/07/03/holyoke-soldiers-home-coalition-pushes-baker-for-funding-renovations-after-deadly-coronavirus-outbreak/

 

Former Holyoke Soldiers’ Home head speaks out

July 1, 2020, WGBY “Connecting Point”

https://connectingpoint.wgby.org/former-holyoke-soldiers-home-head-speaks-out/

 

Grassroots organization formed to advocate for Holyoke Soldiers’ Home ‘rebrands’ with new name

July 2, 2020, Springfield Republican | MassLIVE

https://www.masslive.com/coronavirus/2020/07/grassroots-organization-formed-to-advocate-for-holyoke-soldiers-home-rebrands-with-new-name.html?fbclid=IwAR2QlRIFEPIrsPnJ9Zwj4pZKuV4Y7TJQ30EqFyx5bZoxoGju3Nw-5e1R2WM

 

Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Coalition reacts to Baker’s plan

June 30, 2020, WGBY “Connecting Point”

https://connectingpoint.wgby.org/holyoke-soldiers-home-coalition-reacts-to-bakers-plan/

Lawmakers, families continue to push for changes at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

June 29, 2020, 22News WWLP

https://www.wwlp.com/news/local-news/hampden-county/lawmakers-families-continue-to-push-for-changes-at-holyoke-soldiers-home/

U.S. Rep. Neal supports plan to renovate and expand Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

June 28, 2020, Springfield Republican | MassLIVE

https://www.masslive.com/news/2020/06/us-rep-neal-supports-plan-to-renovate-and-expand-holyoke-solidiers-home.html

 

Congressman Neal visits Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, discusses plans to protect veterans going forward

June 27, 2020, WWLP 22 News NBC

https://www.wwlp.com/news/local-news/hampden-county/congressman-neal-visits-holyoke-soldiers-home-discusses-plans-to-protect-veterans-going-forward/

Coalition addresses concerns with Baker Soldiers’ Home reforms: Neal holds press availability about the Home

June 27, 2020, Daily Hampshire Gazette

https://www.gazettenet.com/Coalition-addresses-concerns-with-Baker-Soldiers-Home-reforms-Neal-holds-press-availability-about-the-home-34965340

 

Rep. Richard Neal among those pushing for more changes at Holyoke Soldiers' Home

June 27, 2020, WCVB TV 5 ABC Boston

https://www.wcvb.com/article/massachusetts-rep-richard-neal-among-those-pushing-for-more-changes-at-holyoke-soldiers-home/32988476

 

'They sent them literally into a death trap': Families recall horror as Covid-19 ravaged Massachusetts veterans home

June 26, 2020, CNN

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/26/health/holyoke-soldiers-home-coronavirus-wellness/index.html

 

Holyoke Soldiers’ Home advocates question proposed reforms

June 26, 2020, Springfield Republican | MassLIVE

https://www.masslive.com/news/2020/06/holyoke-soldiers-home-advocates-question-proposed-reforms.html

Families of Holyoke Soldiers’ Home coronavirus victims demand action from state

June 23, 2020, Boston Herald

https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/06/23/families-of-holyoke-soldiers-home-coronavirus-victims-demand-action-from-state/

First of several planned stand-outs for advocates of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home to take place Tuesday

June 22, 2020, Springfield Republican | MassLIVE

https://www.masslive.com/coronavirus/2020/06/first-of-several-planned-stand-outs-for-advocates-of-the-holyoke-soldiers-home-to-take-place-tuesday.html

 

Families, veterans, advocates call for Soldiers’ Home improvements

June 22, 2020, Daily Hampshire Gazette

https://www.gazettenet.com/Families-veteran-advocates-push-for-new-Holyoke-Soldiers-Home-34884098

 

Local residents and veterans petition for creation of new Holyoke Soldiers Home

June 22, 2020, 22News (NBC) WWLP

https://www.wwlp.com/news/local-news/hampden-county/local-residents-and-veterans-petition-for-creation-of-new-holyoke-soldiers-home/

Families, veterans groups and services organize to make sure Holyoke Soldier’s Home debacle does not happen again

June 20, 2020, Springfield Republican | MassLIVE

https://www.masslive.com/news/2020/06/families-veterans-groups-and-services-organize-to-make-sure-holyoke-soldiers-home-debacle-does-not-happen-again.html

 

Gov Baker asked to fund new wing at Holyoke Soldiers Home

June 20, 2020, WBZ News Radio 1030 Boston

https://wbznewsradio.iheart.com/content/gov-baker-asked-to-fund-new-wing-at-holyoke-soldiers-home/

 

Veteran advocates push state officials to fund expansion project for Holyoke Soldiers' Home

June 18, 2020, Western Mass News (ABC 40, CBS 3, Fox 6)

https://www.westernmassnews.com/news/veteran-advocates-push-state-officials-to-fund-expansion-project-for-holyoke-soldiers-home/article_3e9d9820-b1b4-11ea-b2ed-7bc51f5b1e21.html

 

Support grows for building new soldiers’ home in Holyoke

Push comes after 76 veterans living there perish from COVID-19

June 18, 2020, WCVB ABC 5 Boston

https://www.wcvb.com/article/support-grows-for-building-new-soldiers-home-in-holyoke/32919381

Holyoke Soldiers' Home Retired Superintendent Leading Campaign For More State Funding

June 18, 2020 WAMC Northeast Public Radio

https://www.wamc.org/post/holyoke-soldiers-home-retired-superintendent-leading-campaign-more-state-funding

‘Someone in Boston dropped the ball': Holyoke Soldiers’ Home advocates ramp up efforts for reform as veterans, staff struggle to rebound from deadly COVID-19 outbreak

June 17, 2020, The Republican (MassLIVE)

https://www.masslive.com/coronavirus/2020/06/someone-in-boston-dropped-the-ball-holyoke-soldiers-home-advocates-ramp-up-efforts-for-reform-as-veterans-staff-struggle-to-rebound-from-deadly-covid-19-outbreak.html

In pursuit of a WMass Soldiers’ Home fit for the future

June 14, 2020, The Republican

https://springfieldrepublican-ma-app.newsmemory.com/?publink=3bf375e18

 

As coronavirus outbreak stabilizes, attention turns to future of Holyoke Soldiers’ Home  

June 11, 2020, Daily Hampshire Gazette

https://www.gazettenet.com/As-Soldiers-Home-COVID-19-outbreak-slows-planning-for-future-34724598

 

Former Holyoke Soldiers’ Home superintendent from early 2010s breaks silence on outbreak

June 10, 2020, Western Mass News (CBS, Fox, ABC)

https://www.westernmassnews.com/news/former-holyoke-soldiers-home-superintendent-from-early-2010s-breaks-silence-on-outbreak/article_de5e05f6-ab6b-11ea-be69-d30c5ea927ac.html

 

State eyeing new Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

June 10, 2020, WCVB-Ch. 5 ABC Boston

https://www.wcvb.com/article/state-eyeing-new-holyoke-soldiers-home/32822670

 

In Soldiers’ Home tragedy, a call for justice and accountability

June 4, 2020, Daily Hampshire Gazette

https://www.gazettenet.com/Columnist-John-Paradis-34605499

 

Missed opportunity at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home may have come at high cost

May 27, 2020, WCVB-Ch. 5 ABC Boston

https://www.wcvb.com/article/missed-opportunity-at-holyoke-soldiers-home-may-have-come-at-high-cost/32689978

 

Former VA director weighs in

May 19, 2020, Daily Hampshire Gazette

https://www.gazettenet.com/Johnson-letter-34283604

 

What Could have Been for Soldiers’ Home

May 7, 2020, Daily Hampshire Gazette

https://www.gazettenet.com/Columnist-John-Paradis-34226125

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