Massachusetts: Governor Healey Signs Executive Order Establishing Governor’s Advisory Council on Veterans’ Services

Boston ~ On Memorial Day weekend, Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey, Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll and Secretary Jon Santiago signed Executive Order #613, creating the Governor's Advisory Council on Veterans' Services. The Council will provide the Governor with information about veterans' issues in Massachusetts and complement the work of the recently elevated Executive Office of Veterans; Services.

Governor Healey said, "Today's announcement signifies a major step in amplifying the voices and influence of Massachusetts' veterans. This Council represents another step forward in our mission to prioritize the diverse experiences of our service members and will play a crucial role in our efforts to elevate veterans' services statewide."

Lt. Governor Driscoll added, "Our Administration remains committed to honoring the veterans of our Commonwealth by providing them with the respect, service, and benefits they have rightfully earned. As the proud daughter of a Navy veteran, this Executive Order has deep personal meaning to me, and I look forward to seeing and supporting the important work that this council will do."

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The Council is designed to represent Massachusetts' diverse veteran community in terms of geographic region, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, immigration status and economic status. Secretary Santiago will serve as an ex officio Council member while Governor Healey will appoint all other members including a Chair and Chair of the Women's Advisory Council. Each appointed member will serve for three years at the Governor's discretion in an advisory capacity. The Council is expected to convene at least quarterly and provide a comprehensive written report every two years summarizing their initiatives.

Executive Order #613 supersedes Executive Order #573 signifying a new chapter of progress and innovation for veterans' services statewide.

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