Gretchen Smith – US Air Force – Fighting for Homeless Veterans ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

Gretchen Smith – US Air Force – Fighting for Homeless Veterans ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

By: John Cuddy – 11/22 Lawrence’s, and the rest of our Merrimack Valley’s Homeless are fed daily by organizations such as the Cor Unum Meal Center, Bread & Roses, Good Shepard Center, and the TMF Organization, all working tirelessly to feed our homeless. Curious to find out how many of our Merrimack Valley (and our […]

Greater Lawrence Technical Students Honor Command Sgt. Major Franklin Velez

Greater Lawrence Technical Students Honor Command Sgt. Major Franklin Velez

ANDOVER – The Greater Lawrence Technical School hosted an event in observation of Veterans Day to honor and recognize Command Sgt. Major Franklin Velez and Sgt. Eduardo Ortiz of the Continental Color Guard, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment. Command Sgt. Major Velez, is a 1988 graduate of Greater Lawrence Tech. The Andover and Lawrence Fire departments […]

Psychological Center in Lawrence Recognizes Chief of Staff Virginia Gomez for 20 Years of Service

Psychological Center in Lawrence Recognizes Chief of Staff Virginia Gomez for 20 Years of Service

LAWRENCE — Chief Executive Officer Carina Pappalardo would like to recognize Chief of Staff Virginia Gomez for 20 years of service and caring she has provided to The Psychological Center and its guests. Gomez joined The Psychological Center as a receptionist in September of 2002, and has learned from her coworkers, grown, and advanced through […]

Sal DeFranco, US Navy SEAL & Small Business Owner ~ Valley Patriot of the Month – HEROES IN OUR MIDST

Sal DeFranco, US Navy SEAL & Small Business Owner ~ Valley Patriot of the Month – HEROES IN OUR MIDST

By: John Cuddy – Oct.  2022 HAVERHILL – Natives of Massachusetts, Sal DeFranco and his wife Dana own Battle Grounds Coffee Company, an award-winning roasting and café operation located in Haverhill, Newburyport, and Methuen. Battle Grounds Coffee was built on a foundation of service. Whether that manifested in providing clothing for veterans, supplies for students, […]

Groveland’s Steve Bird, Combat Medic with the 1st Air Cavalry ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH – HERO IN OUR MIDST

Groveland’s Steve Bird, Combat Medic with the 1st Air Cavalry ~ VALLEY PATRIOT  OF THE MONTH – HERO IN OUR MIDST

By: John Cuddy – Sept. 2022 Groveland’s Steve Bird was conceived by his parents in 1946 at the US Military Academy in West Point, New York. His dad was a US Army Soldier, serving our Nation as an artillery instructor at West Point, teaching future US Army Officers. Steve grew up in Haverhill, Massachusetts, and […]

Lawrence’s Veterans’ Services Officer Jamie Melendez ~ HEROES IN OUR MIDST – VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

Lawrence’s Veterans’ Services Officer Jamie Melendez ~ HEROES IN OUR MIDST – VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

By: John Cuddy – Aug. 2022 Lawrence Massachusetts Director,Veterans’ Services, Sargent First Class Jaime L. Melendez Jr. US Army-Retired, was born in Lawrence Massachusetts. He attended the local Lawrence Public schools and finished high school at his parent’s home on the island of Puerto Rico. He has an associate degree from Central Texas University. Jaime […]

Major Reforms of Veteran Care & Soldiers’ Homes Finalized

Major Reforms of Veteran Care & Soldiers’ Homes Finalized

By: State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell The Massachusetts Legislature unanimously sent to Governor Baker a final bill that will comprehensively reform Veteran care in our Commonwealth – which includes, but goes far beyond, major reforms to how our Soldiers’ Homes are governed and operated. As lead sponsor of this legislation alongside Senator Mike Rush, a […]

Lawrence’s Mayor DePeña Appoints War Hero; Francisco Ureña as the Provisional Manager at the Lawrence Municipal Airport

Lawrence’s Mayor DePeña Appoints War Hero; Francisco Ureña as the Provisional Manager at the Lawrence Municipal Airport

  Francisco A. Ureña Is serving as Provisional Manager at the Lawrence Municipal Airport located in North Andover. Francisco has a history of public service. He enlisted the day after high school in the United States Marine Corps. Serving eight years of honorable active-duty service. A decorated Marine, he served at two American Embassies; American […]

HEROES IN OUR MIDST, Valley Patriot of the Month – Dracut’s New VSO; US Army Veteran David Campisano

HEROES IN OUR MIDST, Valley Patriot of the Month – Dracut’s New VSO; US Army Veteran David Campisano

  By: John Cuddy – 07-22 Dracut’s newly hired, Veterans Services Officer, David Campisano joined the US Army in 2001, serving in light infantry units until 2016. David trained as an Infantryman, military occupational specialty IIB. He also qualified as an Army Ranger in 2009. Ranger training is voluntary and is one of the most […]

KANE’S CORNER ~ Jeffrey Hollett, Haverhill Veteran Services Officer

KANE’S CORNER ~ Jeffrey Hollett, Haverhill Veteran Services Officer

By Kane – July, 2022 Kane went on a field trip to interview Haverhill Veteran Service Officer Jeffrey Hollett at his office in Haverhill, MA. Jeffrey has dedicated his professional life to helping Veterans navigate civilian life after serving our country with honor. Jeffrey, who originally served as the VSO in Dracut, stated that Haverhill […]

Lawrence, U.S. Navy Veteran Ed Nasser – VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH ~ HEROES IN OUR MIDST

Lawrence, U.S. Navy Veteran Ed Nasser –  VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH ~ HEROES IN OUR MIDST

The Silent Generation Lawrence’s Edmund “Ed” Nasser is a US Navy Veteran, who dedicated his entire life to his family, his church, and his community. He is well known in the Merrimack Valley through an involvement with St Patrick’s Church for most of his adult life. Ed Nasser grew up in South Lawrence where he […]

Soldiers’ Home Reform Remains a Top Priority

Soldiers’ Home Reform Remains a Top Priority

By: State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell – June, 2022 In the Massachusetts Legislature, we are continuing to work diligently to bring accountability and reform to our Soldiers’ Homes. Comprehensive reform legislation I filed with Senator Mike Rush (a fellow Veteran) is currently in the final leg of the process. When a very different bill came […]

VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST ~ Haverhill’s Frederick “Buddy” Hansen, Jr.

VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST ~ Haverhill’s Frederick “Buddy” Hansen, Jr.

A Veteran, Father, Husband, Brother, and Hero By: John Cuddy – May, 2022 On April 16th of this year, a reunion was held on the shore of Rock Pond in Georgetown, Massachusetts. Family and friends gathered to remember a Haverhill Veteran, Frederick “Buddy” Hansen, a husband, brother, and dad, who drowned in this pond while […]

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