Cape Cod Veterans For Peace, Corporal Jeffrey M. Lucey Chapter, donated a granite boulder memorial monument, with bronze plaque, for inclusion on the Hyannis Village Green along with the other memorials honoring veterans. It is located at the Main Street entrance.
This Hidden Wounds Memorial Monument commemorates, honors, and gives remembrance to the military service of those Veterans who have taken their own lives as a result of post traumatic stress, combat stress, and related hidden wounds or silent casualties.
The monument was installed on the Village Green in May 2021 with assistance from the Barnstable Department of Public Works.
A formal dedication ceremony will be held in November 2021 as part of the annual Barnstable Veterans Day Parade and Program.
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.
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In March 2011, the Cape Cod Chapter of Veterans For Peace dedicated and renamed our chapter in honor of Corporal Jeffrey M. Lucey.
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.