The service and sacrifices that our veterans and their families make cannot go neither unnoticed nor be diminished. However, veterans in every community face multiple challenges upon returning home from active duty and many need assistance accessing appropriate services. As legislators, it is our duty to ensure that the hundreds of thousands of veterans that reside in the Commonwealth are able to access the first-class services that they rightfully deserve. Not only have our veterans protected our way of life, citizens from around the world owe them a debt of gratitude.
Since joining the Massachusetts Senate, I have fought to ensure that the men and women who have dedicated their lives to keeping us safe are treated with respect and are recognized for the years of service they have devoted to our country. To that effect, I have repeatedly voted for legislation and funding that ensures our veterans and their families receive the support they have earned.
I am also proud to represent a district that includes the Chelsea Soldier's Home, a multifaceted health care facility available to veterans of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Soldier’s Home provides a home and vital services for veterans both young and old, and it is of great importance to ensure that this facility receives adequate financial support so it can continue to provide these services to those who need them.
Throughout my time in the Massachusetts Senate, I have advocated for increased funding for the Chelsea Soldier’s Home; in my role as Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, providing adequate resources for the Soldier’s Home, as well as statewide veterans’ services, has been- and will continue to be- one of my top priorities so our veterans are able to receive the care they deserve.
While we have made great strides here in Massachusetts to increase support for our veterans and their families, there is still more work to be done. I will continue to do all that I can to support the great Veteran Agents and Commissioners in my district who help our veterans each day. As State Senator, I will advocate for solutions to eliminate veteran homelessness, clear hurdles that adversely affect employment, and maintain sufficient funding for existing institutions and programs.