Coleman Nee is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and Operation Desert Storm. He has worked as Undersecretary of Veterans’ Services since 2008. During that time, the Department created a number of new initiatives to increase access to services available for veterans, including the over 30,000 returning Massachusetts veterans from the Global War on Terror. Additionally, Nee oversaw the creation of the Statewide Advocacy for Veterans’ Empowerment (SAVE) program, a first-in-the-nation initiative to support veterans and their families coping with the stresses of returning from war and assist them in obtaining veterans benefits and services. His team successfully competed for over $1 million in federal workforce development funds to train and place veterans in employment, and led new outreach efforts to homeless veterans and families, the Women’s Veterans Network, and disabled veterans. Prior to his service with the Commonwealth, Nee has worked in the fields of public policy advocacy and corporate communications for over 20 years. In 2001 and 2006, Mr. Nee was an Executive Member of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention Committee, which succeeded in bringing the society to Boston for its annual convention twice in five years.
As Secretary, Nee leads a Department focused on strengthening operations and service delivery to veterans and their families; working with federal, state and municipal partners, veteran service officers and organizations to increase the effective and efficiency of providing benefits to veterans and families; expanding the Massachusetts Women’s Veterans’ Network to meet the needs of this growing segment of the veterans population; and address the issue of homelessness among veterans to provide all homeless persons who have served their country with an opportunity for permanent shelter and services that will support them in becoming self-sufficient and healthy.