LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR MURRAY ANNOUNCES A TWO WEEK STATEWIDE TOUR ON MILITARY AND VETERANS ISSUES
The Chairman of the Governor's Advisory Council on Veterans' Services seeks to raise awareness of the needs of the more than 430,000 veterans living in the Commonwealth
BOSTON- Monday, June 15, 2009 - Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray today announced the details of the Patrick-Murray Administration's 2009 MASS Veterans Tour: Massachusetts Awareness for Support and Services. Over the course of two weeks, he will participate in various meetings, tours and events relative to military and veterans issues.
Starting on Monday June 15 th and continuing through Monday June 29 th, the Lieutenant Governor will continue and expand his work on behalf of the Patrick-Murray Administration as an advocate for veterans and their families. As the Chairman of Governor Patrick's Advisory Council on Veterans' Services, he has led a group of veterans and veterans' advocates for the last two years as they have worked to promote and improve the Administration's outreach and service delivery to veterans and their families.
"Those who have served to protect the ideals of the United States of America and keep us safe deserve to be taken care of when they return home," said Lieutenant Governor Murray. "Over the next two weeks, I will travel across the Commonwealth to meet with veterans and their family members to hear about their needs and how we can better support them."
"The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, under the Patrick-Murray administration, supports and advocates on the behalf of our over 430,000 veterans and families. While Massachusetts leads the nation in offering comprehensive benefits and services to our veterans, unfortunately many still do not know all of the benefits available to them," said Secretary of Veterans' Services Thomas Kelley. "Over the next two weeks, Lieutenant Governor Murray will be taking the time to promote these services, while listening to veterans and advocates about what else needs to be done. I am grateful to the Lieutenant Governor for his continued commitment to those of us that have served this Nation and our families."
Staff from the Department of Veterans' Services and/or Lieutenant Governor Murray's Office will be available onsite at each event to answer questions about veterans' programs and benefits in the Commonwealth.
MASS Veterans' Tour Schedule
- Announcement and discussion of the tour on the Jordan Levy Show, 580 AM, WTAG, 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.
- Meets with recently returned veterans and their family members, UMASS-Boston, Campus Center, 5:00 p.m.
- Participates in the Department of Veterans' Services "We Owe You" Webcast, UMASS-Boston, Campus Center, 7:00 p.m.
- Visits the Woburn Career Center and meet with Veterans Employment Representatives, Woburn, 12:00 p.m.
- Attends the First Annual 65 th Puerto Rican Infantry Regiment Commemoration Ceremony, Worcester, 12:00 p.m.
- Participates in the National Guard Readiness Center Groundbreaking, Methuen, 11:00 a.m.
- Visits the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center Visit, Haverhill, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
- Attends the Grand Opening of the National Guard Military and Family Support Center, Wellesley, 11:00 a.m.
- Chairs the Governor's Advisory Council on Veterans' Services Meeting, State House, Boston, 9:30 a.m.
- Joins MA Local Heroes Care Packages for Troops packing event, Knights of Columbus, Wilmington, 7:00 p.m.
- Visits the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne 2:00 p.m.
- Welcomes returning troops at the Hanscom Airforce Base Homecoming Heroes Celebration, 2:30 p.m.
- Speaks at the First Annual Conference for Women Veterans, Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, 9:00 a.m.
- Visits the Agawam State Veterans Cemetery, 10:20 a.m.
- Attends the National Guard Post Mobilization Event, Natick, 12:30 - 1:00 p.m.
- Participates in the U.S. Post Office Dedication for Lance Corporal Eric Valdepenas, Seekonk, 2:00 p.m.
- Tour Wrap-Up Meeting with Department of Veterans' Services staff, DVS Offices, Boston, 11:00 a.m.
The work of the Governor's Advisory Council on Veterans' Services and its partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services, other state agencies, and veterans organizations have led to affordable, no-downpayment mortgage financing for veterans run by MassHousing, a 24 hour suicide prevention and benefit referral hotline run by the Department of Veterans' Services, and a pilot program to help veterans and their family members quit smoking run by the Department of Public Health. For more information or to request free patches before June 30 th, visit http://makesmokinghistory.org/veterans/ or call 1-800-Try-To-Stop.
The Commonwealth is a nationwide leader in the services provided for veterans and is continuing its commitment to advancing their opportunities. Every city and town in the state is required by law to have a Veterans Services Officer who is available to meet with all veterans to discuss what opportunities they qualify for. Also, through Chapter 115 Benefits, the Commonwealth provides financial and medical assistance for veterans and their family members. Those eligible receive financial assistance for food, shelter, clothing, housing supplies, and medical care.