METHUEN – Francisco Urena, Massachusetts Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs, is recommending a children’s book “Veteran Heroes In Our Neighborhood” by Valerie Pfundstein and recently introduced the book to VAV Board Members. In an effort to help Secretary Urena with his mission to help educate children about Veterans, VAV donated 26 copies of “Veteran Heroes In Our Neighborhood”, which will supply every 1st grade classroom in Methuen with a copy of the book. Library Media Specialist at The Donald P. Timony Elementary School, Tracy Swiniarski heard about VAV’s program through Facebook and reached out to the non-profit veteran’s organization.
VAV Honorary Board Member, State Representative Colleen Garry recently reserved 20 copies for Dracut and Tyngsborough first grade classrooms. A longtime supporter of veterans, Representative Garry will work with both Dracut and Tyngsborough school systems to distribute the books and recruit local officials to read them to the children during school Veteran’s Day activities. “This is the perfect book to help educate young children about what a veteran actually is.” said VAV Board Member and Lowell resident Joe Machado.
VAV Honorary Board Members, Lowell Mayor Rodney Elliott and Lowell City Councilor Rita Mercier are leading efforts in Lowell to work with VAV to distribute copies of this important book. Veterans Assisting Veterans (VAV) a volunteer local non-profit 501C3 concentrated on veterans in need and veteran causes.