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Melrose Veterans Service Advisory Board

... a new service for all Veterans

by Bob Ross

Members at 10/19/05 meeting

This summer Mayor Robert J. Dolan proposed establishing a Veterans Service Advisory Board to monitor benefits programs and to ensure that local residents who served in the armed services are receiving the help due them.

In early October 2005, 14 veterans were appointed to the committee.  
Serving will be:

Robert Blake, U.S. Air Force
Marlo DiMeo, U.S. Air Force (Ret)
Robert (Bob) Driscoll, U.S. Air Force
Michael Galvin, U.S. Army
Stephen Galvin; U.S. Navy
Anthony (Tony) Gilardi, U.S. Army. (Ret NG)
Anne Hackett  
Warren Leger, U.S. Army
Michael (Mike) Marciello, U.S. Army (Ret NG)
Rick Mockler, U.S. Coast Guard
John Pumphrey, U.S. Army
Jean Ryan, U.S. Navy
Jeff Uglino, U.S. Army
Robert Van Kirk, U.S. Navy (Ret)

John Dunne, U.S. Marines, the Veterans Administration Service Office (VSO) will be administrator. His office is in the City Hall basement -- phone 781-979-4186 for assistance. Home phone 781-665-4611.

Office hours:
Tuesday ------- 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
Wednesday -- 10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Thursday ------ 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Applications are available at City Clerk's Office.

The first meeting was held October 6, 2005 in the City Hall conference room. Chairperson selected was Jean Ryan, who served in U.S. Navy.

At the meeting on Wednesday, October 19, guest speakers were Veterans Service Officer Paul Reynolds USAF(Ret) from Woburn who discussed various problems and passed out information on The Career Place Website.

Click here The Career Place Website.
The URL is

and Louis Cimaglia (facing members above) the Veterans Agent for the towns of Wilmington and Reading who addressed the VAB Members about a grassroots project for active duty personnel serving overseas.

Click here We Support Local Heros
The URL is

It was disclosed that the biggest problem today is locating veterans. Help is needed from everyone to assist all veterans. If you know of a veteran, let him know that assistance is available.

Plans are being formulated for Veterans Day ceremony Friday, November 11, 2005.

10:30 A.M. Starting at the Veterans Knoll across from High School on the Fellsway
10:45 A.M. Veterans Memorial at Ell Pond
11:00 A.M. Main Memorial across from City Hall.

Monthly meetings are planned.

Mr. Dunne has a project in mind to make a "Wall of Honor". He hopes to put each Melrose veteran's name on a "Dog Tag" like those issued to military personnel. If anyone has an old Addressographer Machine collecting dust, contact John.

The Dog Tags will be added for ALL MELROSE VETERANS who served in the Armed Forces.

The Wall of Honor will be at the new Veterans Memorial Middle School on the Fellsway when it is completed. Veterans are urged to contact Mr. Dunne.

If anyone has any donations that they could make, the new Veterans Agent will need a fax machine, shredder, and lockable filing cabinets.

Jean Ryan, elected chair person said:

"It's an honor and privilege to chair this board of veterans. We are all eager to assist the new Veterans Agent (John Dunne) in his service to the Melrose veterans and their families."

  Jean Ryan,       Jeffrey Ugino                              Mario DiMieo

 Stephen Galvin                       Robert Driscoll                          Robert Blake

Anthony Gilardi         Warren Leger                              Michael Marciello

Anne Hackett   John Dunne

John Dunne raising Flag at Veterans Memorial

Note: To print select Landscape to maintain proper format.

November 4, 2005

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