Marine Corp vet discusses Boston Veterans Services

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November 11, 2013, 8:56 am
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(NECN) – On Veterans Day, people across the nation are paying tribute to soldiers who served the US, but many who return home from war have trouble finding jobs.

For more on this, we were joined by Francisco Urena, the commissioner of Veterans Services in Boston.

Francisco served in the Marine Corp for eight years. He fought in Iraq and was awarded the Purple Heart for what happened in Operation Spear.

He was a tank commander at the time, and a vehicle they were engaging exploded. Francisco says he still has shrapnel embedded in his face.

Francisco says they encourage their veterans to share their stories because there are fewer veterans today than there has ever been in our country.

He says in the city of Boston there are 20,000 veterans and there are a little over 400,000 in the state of Massachusetts.

Francisco was named to the commissioner position two years ago by Mayor Tom Menino because they wanted to reorganize the agency to better serve younger veterans.

Francisco says they conduct welcome home breakfasts, where they thank them for their service and encourage them to get involved in the community and help if they need it.

The latest effort underway is to create a special “Veterans court,” so that treatment could be provided for them.

Tags: Boston, Iraq, Mayor Tom Menino, Veterans Day, marine corp, francisco urena, boston's veterans services
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