The state’s top lawmakers thanked, not just our veterans, but the veterans’ service officers, who provide critical assistance to returning vets and their families.
Close to 150 people filled the grand staircase at the State House Wednesday for the Veterans’ Association luncheon.
State lawmakers introduced themselves, and their branches of the military, if they had served.
Westfield State Representative John Velis who just returned from a six-month deployment in Afghanistan applauded the work of the state’s veteran service officers.
“They’re the people who have the first interaction with our veterans. They in turn, turn it around and talk to us. So it’s just really important to recognize them for everything that they do because we couldn’t do it without them,” said Velis.
The job of a service officer is to help veterans re-integrate into society. They provide medical, emotional, and financial support for veterans and their families.
Governor Baker highlighted the services that Massachusetts provides veterans every day, and suggested the federal government put aside partisan politics to do the same.
“The men and women who are out serving everyday don’t get a day off. They’re there every day all over the world, far away from home keeping us safe and protecting our democracy and I would hope that people in Washington think as hard about that as the people of Massachusetts do,” said Baker.
The Veterans’ Association luncheon is an annual event that draws bipartisan support every year. It brings lawmakers together to stand in solidarity with those who have served in the military.
Lawmakers say this event should be a reminder that there are veteran service offices across Massachusetts, offering support to those who need it most.