For Immediate Release - June 15, 2009


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

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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.

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MASS Veterans' Tour Schedule

June 15

  • Announcement and discussion of the tour on the Jordan Levy Show, 580 AM, WTAG, 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.

June 16

  • 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.

June 19

  • Visits the Woburn Career Center and meet with Veterans Employment Representatives, Woburn, 12:00 p.m.

June 20

  • Attends the First Annual 65 th Puerto Rican Infantry Regiment Commemoration Ceremony, Worcester, 12:00 p.m.

June 22

  • 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.

June 23

  • Attends the Grand Opening of the National Guard Military and Family Support Center, Wellesley, 11:00 a.m.

June 24

  • 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.

June 25

  • Visits the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne 2:00 p.m.

June 26

  • Welcomes returning troops at the Hanscom Airforce Base Homecoming Heroes Celebration, 2:30 p.m.

June 27

  • 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.

June 28

  • 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.

June 29

  • 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 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.