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Sen. Lewis to host “Community Conversation” with state Veterans’ Affairs Secretary

Continuing his “Community Conversations” issue discussions, State Senator Jason Lewis is excited to announce an upcoming conversation he will hold with Massachusetts’s Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs, Francisco Ureña. Held in every community of the district, “Community Conversations” are issue discussions delving into a different topic at each forum, with ample opportunity for residents to share feedback and have their questions answered by experts on the given topic.

This upcoming event – Community Conversations: Supporting Our Veterans in the Commonwealth – will take place on Wednesday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m. The event will occur in the auditorium at Galvin Middle School, which is located at 525 Main St. in Wakefield, and is free and open to the public.

This forum will offer the chance to hear directly from one of our Commonwealth’s chief policy setters and advocates regarding landmark legislation passed and priorities for the future pertaining to our veteran population. There will be ample opportunity for Q&A from attendees. The forum is sponsored by Senator Lewis in coordination with the Veterans’ Service Officers for each of the six communities of the 5th Middlesex Senate district: Malden (Kevin Jarvis), Melrose (Alicia Reddin), Reading (Kevin Bohmiller), Stoneham (Jim Devlin), Wakefield (Karen Burke) and Winchester (Al Wile). On hand will also be a variety of service providers with information regarding programs, services and benefits for veterans and their families.

“Massachusetts has made veterans’ benefits a top priority in recent years, with the passage of VALOR I, VALOR II and the HOME Act, and we want to make sure that our courageous veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much know about and have access to all of the benefits and programs to which they’re entitled,” noted Senator Lewis. “I hope that this conversation offers veterans and other residents more in-depth knowledge of the services available and where our veterans can turn if and when challenges arise. The conversations I have directly with constituents across the district are the best source of information and guidance to help me do my job in the legislature.”

“Community Conversations” forums have been held in all six communities of the 5th Middlesex district on topics including public education, public transportation, small business and entrepreneurship, challenges facing senior citizens and caregivers, energy policy and environmental priorities, and efforts to combat substance abuse and opioid addiction in our region.

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