Thursday, July 28, 2022
We have a solemn obligation to support those who enter harm’s way on our behalf in the uniform of our military and our state has a proud legacy of leading this nation in meeting that obligation in offering support for those men and women. I am thankful that the Conference Committee retained my amendment to require that the Secretary of Veteran’s Services be a veteran and a full member of the Governor’s cabinet because this will allow the Secretary to faithfully give veterans a voice that they have always deserved,.
The Holyoke and Chelsea veteran homes, and any future homes, should be a place of respite, care, and safety where a veteran can live their days with dignity. This bill sets the stage for accountability, a firm chain of command, proper licensure, and experts to make sure that the administration of these homes are modernized and fully committed to those in their care.