Veterans’ Service Officers were honored in a State House ceremony

Much more needs to be done to combat veterans’ homelessness

BOSTON (WWLP) – Massachusetts leads the nation in providing benefits and services to veterans and their families.

Top state leaders showed their appreciation for Veterans’ Service Officers, the people responsible for connecting veterans with life-saving benefits and programs.

Governor Charlie Baker, several state lawmakers and veterans attended the State House event Wednesday. The goal is to strengthen ties between veterans and the state.

While the state has passed comprehensive veterans legislation in the past, they admit much more needs to be done to combat veterans’ homelessness. There was also the sudden departure of three leaders at the Holyoke Soldiers Home late last year.

22News asked Governor Baker about the future of the Soldiers Home. He said, “I believe we’ve had discussions with the board that have solved how we’re going to deal with the concerns about the transition on an interim basis and I feel that the dialog is wide open. People are talking.”

Massachusetts is home to more than 400,000 veterans.

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