Sen. Ross, Rep. Poirier, and Rep. Dooley Announce Vets Forums with Secretary Ureña

June 25, 2015

Boston – Senator Richard Ross, Representative Elizabeth Poirier, and Representative Shawn Dooley are pleased to announce that they will be hosting informational forums on Thursday, July 9th regarding veterans’ issues and services. They will be joined by the Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs, Francisco Ureña. All are welcome to attend.

Wrentham Veterans’ Forum with Secretary Ureña
Attending: Senator Richard Ross and Representative Shawn Dooley
Where: Wrentham Council on Aging, 400 Taunton Street, Wrentham
When: Thursday, July 9, 2015. 12:00pm

North Attleboro Veterans’ Forum with Secretary Ureña
Attending: Senator Richard Ross and Representative Elizabeth Poirier
Where: North Attleboro Council on Aging, 204 Elm Street, North Attleboro
When: Thursday, July 9, 2015. 1:30pm.

“We are fortunate to have Secretary Ureña joining us, and I strongly encourage all area veterans and their families to attend these beneficial forums on veterans’ issues,” said Senator 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.

Francisco A. Ureña, Secretary of Veterans’ Services

Francisco A. Ureña was sworn in as Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Services by Governor Charlie Baker on February 6, 2015.

Francisco’s commitment to government service began the day after graduating high school when he 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.

For more information on Secretary Ureña, please visit the official website of the Department of Veterans’ Services at

Please contact the office of Senator Ross with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1555 or


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