Senator Richard Ross and Representative Shawn Dooley will host an informational forum regarding veterans’ issues and services at the Wrentham Council on Aging, 400 Taunton St., on Thursday, July 9th at 12 p.m. They will be joined by the Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs, Francisco Ureña. All are welcome to attend.
“We are fortunate to have Secretary Ureña joining us, and I strongly encourage all area veterans and their families to attend this beneficial forum on veterans’ issues,” said Ross.
Veterans and their family members can expect helpful information on veterans’ services in their area and are encouraged to bring their questions and concerns to be discussed with the Secretary.
Ureña was sworn in as Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Services by Governor Charlie Baker on February 6, 2015. After graduating high school, Ureña, enlisted in the United States Marines Corps. In the span of eight years of honorable service, his duties included Diplomatic Security with the Department of State at two American Embassies; American Embassy Damascus, Syria and American Embassy Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He is a Purple Heart recipient from injuries sustained during Operation Iraqi Freedom campaign. Francisco followed his enlistment with a degree in History and Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
While pursuing his education, he involved himself in a series of volunteer work which ultimately led to his role as a Veterans’ Services Officer in the City of Lawrence and later as Commissioner of Veterans’ Services for the City of Boston. In 2008, Francisco was honored with the well-earned “Veterans’ Services Officer of the Year” - awarded by former Veterans’ Services Secretary, Thomas G. Kelley.