DCAMM’s Procurement Manager Rob Huke was recently invited by Secretary of Veterans Services Francisco Urena to speak at the 2016 Annual Veterans Service Officer (VSO) training program in Leominster.

By law, each of the commonwealth’s municipalities must be represented by a Veterans Services Officer (VSO).  Local VSOs provide many services and benefits to veterans and their families, such as offering assistance with applications for disability status, gaining access to the state’s Veterans’ Bonus program for qualifying veterans and providing assistance to survivors of veterans.

At this year’s Annual VSO Training, Rob (a retired Colonel from the U.S. Army as well as Service Disabled Veteran) informed attendees that DCAMM is encouraging Veteran Owned Businesses (VBE) and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses (SDVOBE) to become certified with the Commonwealth’s Supplier Diversity Office.  VBEs and SDOVBEs who take advantage of this certification can create more opportunities for their firms by becoming more marketable and potentially providing goods and services on DCAMM’s construction projects, design services and other DCAMM-related goods and services.  For more information about this certification, please see Encouraging Veteran Owned Businesses to become certified with the Commonwealth’s Supplier Diversity Office .

In addition to Veteran’s certification, Rob also discussed the mission of DCAMM’s Office of Access and Opportunity, as well as the new Municipal Modernization Act and its impact on DCAMM projects.

DCAMM was honored to appear as a guest of the VSO’s and looks forward to continuing to forge a strong working relationship between the agency and Veterans Services.  For more information about the services and benefits provided by VSOs in your community, visit the Massachusetts Veterans Services Officers Association.

DCAMM Procurement Manager, Robert Huke addresses participants at the 2016 Annual Veterans Service Officer (VSO) training program in Leominster.
DCAMM Procurement Manager, Robert Huke addresses participants at the 2016 Annual Veterans Service Officer (VSO) training program in Leominster.
DCAMM's Robert Huke and Evan Marinikolas, Director of Training and Compliance, Dept of Veterans Services.
DCAMM's Robert Huke and Evan Marinikolas, Director of Training and Compliance, Dept. of Veterans Services
DCAMM's Robert Huke with Laura Thorne, Upper Pioneer Valley VSO and Bob Upton, Belmont VSO
DCAMM's Robert Huke with Laura Thorne, Upper Pioneer Valley VSO and Bob Upton, Belmont VSO