Discussing the Needs of Women Service Members and Veterans

On Monday, Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans’ Services Coleman Nee and District 6 City Councilor Matt O’Malley co-hosted a roundtable discussion on the needs of the increasing number of women service members and veterans in Massachusetts.

Held at the Loring-Greenough House, special guests included Superintendent of Chelsea Soldiers’ Home Cheryl Poppe and Coordinator of Women’s Veterans’ Network for Veterans’ Services Viviana Marcotte.

Left to Right: Viviana Marcotte, Cheryl Poppe, Matt O’Malley

Left to Right: Viviana Marcotte, Cheryl Poppe and Matt O’Malley

Nee facilitated a roundtable discussion with Poppe and Marcotte on the needs of the increasing number of women service members and veterans in the state. Topics of discussion included access to available services and benefits and ways in which the City of Boston can provide more support. The event was co-sponsored by the Loring-Greenough House, a historic building that played a significant role in the Revolutionary War.

Right to Left: Viviana Marcotte and Coleman Nee.

Right to Left: Viviana Marcotte and Coleman Nee.

O’Malley looked forward to having an annual event on Veterans’ Services. “It was an honor and privilege to host this event to celebrate the courageous women service members and veterans, and to shed light on the challenges facing them. I hope to build on the city’s efforts in connecting resources for these women and their families,” said O’Malley.

“With women representing the fastest growing populations in our military and veterans communities, it is important that we understand their experiences and challenges so that we can better support them and address any unique needs.  I applaud Councilor O’Malley for bringing this forum on women veterans together and felt that we all came away from this fascinating discussion with a better perspective and more information about the brave women who serve our nation in uniform,” said Nee, a Jamaica Plain resident.

This article was submitted by Councilor O’Malley’s office.