For Immediate Release - February 17, 2012

GOVERNOR PATRICK AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR MURRAY HONOR U.S. ARMY VETERAN, DVS EMPLOYEE KEVIN LAMBERT DURING CABINET MEETING

Veterans' Service Employee Honored
Governor Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Murray honor U.S. Army veteran and recently appointed Director of Special Populations for the Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) Kevin Lambert during a ceremony at their weekly cabinet meeting. (Photo credit: Megan Dhaliwal / Governor’s Office). View additional photos.

BOSTON – Friday, February 17, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today honored U.S. Army veteran and recently appointed Director of Special Populations for the Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) Kevin Lambert, during a ceremony at their weekly cabinet meeting. Following a 16-month tour of duty in Iraq, in which he suffered multiple injuries that led to his medical discharge, Lambert, a U.S. Army specialist, chose to continue his call to service by assisting other veterans who make the often difficult transition back to civilian life.

“As a Commonwealth, we have worked hard to provide services for veterans, and for that we are recognized as a leader nationally,” said Governor Patrick. “Today we are honoring Kevin, for not only heroically serving our country but for returning home and graciously continuing that service to his fellow servicemen and women."

"When I meet veterans and military families across the Commonwealth, I often hear how Kevin Lambert helped a friend, son, daughter, brother, or sister and in many cases even saved a life," said Lieutenant Governor Murray. "Kevin is a war hero who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help his fellow military servicemen and women, and his dedicated service is a model for others to follow."

In his new role at DVS, Lambert has pioneered multiple veterans’ outreach efforts that have received national recognition. His newest endeavor, known as the Statewide Homelessness and Reintegration Program (SHARP), focuses on peer support and outreach for veterans seeking assistance for a multitude of issues including, homelessness, substance abuse, judicial system issues and reentry from incarceration. Lambert currently resides in Haverhill.

Lieutenant Governor Murray serves as chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Veterans’ Services and works with DVS to ensure that Massachusetts remains a national leader in support, outreach and benefits to our veterans. As part of its mission, DVS works to secure federal compensation and other benefits for eligible veterans and administers needs-based benefits program through veterans' service officers across Massachusetts. It also provides state funding to organizations offering homeless shelter, transitional housing, and outreach services to veterans.

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