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Marc Silvestri, Veterans Office Director
Our office is located at:
Revere, MA 02151
The Veterans Services Department provides a benefits program and a service program for Revere’s 2000 to 3000 veterans and their families.
The benefits program is paid for by the City of Revere and the City of Revere is reimbursed 75% by the State.
The service program provides assistance in obtaining Federal Benefits such as disability compensation, pensions, education, housing (V.A. Home Loans), hospitalization, burial and other benefits available under Federal Law. The Veterans’ Director is also the City Burial Agent for indigent Veterans and when a soldier in our City is killed in action, works with the casualty officer to insure proper burial and the family receiving all benefits including applying for annuities for both parents.
There are over sixty veterans interred in the Cities only cemetery. There is many thousands veterans buried in neighboring city cemeteries which flags are placed at each gravesite. Chair and coordinate Memorial Day, Flag Day, September 11th Veterans Day and other patriotic observances such as Memorial Squares dedications for families wishing to have a ceremony.
To provide any necessary benefits to Revere’s 2000 to 3000 veterans and their spouses who are eligible to receive benefits which help them medically, administrative, or financial.
1. Chairman, Rumney Marsh Burial Ground. Forming and directing a committee to restore the Cities only cemetery. Acknowledging the Indian War, Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War Veterans interred as well as the slaves buried at the cemetery.
2. Chairman of the Memorial Day Ceremony to remember all that made the ultimate sacrifice.
3. Placement of American Flags at Rumney Marsh Burial Ground, Woodlawn Cemetery and Holy Cross Cemetery.
4. Installing collection boxes for old and torn American Flags. These collection boxes will be installed in three locations; Veterans’ Services foyer, City Hall and VFW in Beachmont.
5. Flag retirement at the VFW Mottolo Post with the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Brownies. The ceremony was conducted by Eagle Scout candidate Jeremy Orne. This will be an annual event.
6. Acquiring new shoes for the Revere JROTC through the generosity of Mr. Tux of Chelsea.
7. Working with Immaculate Church CCD children and the First Congregational Church collecting and delivering items to be sent to our troops all over the world; this is a yearly project.
8. Provide food distribution to all veterans and spouses of veterans through the Department of Veterans’ Services. Food is provided to our veterans every month.
9. Chairman for the Moving Wall which was in Revere in June. This required fundraising and the support from Revere Fire Dept, Revere Police Dept and the Department of Public Works. Voter Registration for any veteran receiving Chapter 115 benefits that was not registered to vote.
10. Counseling and assisting veterans and their spouses seek employment.
11. Attending a number of Job Fairs held in surrounding communities with veterans seeking employment.
12. Working with Revere Housing Authority to provide housing for Veterans; also, to re-establish veterans preference in Revere Housing Authority.
13. Provide American Flags to Paul Revere School to promote patriotism to commensurate Veterans Day.
14. Working with Good Diner to provide Thanksgiving meals to those in need or wishing to have a meal with other members of the community. This event was held at the First Congregational Church and was assisted by their congregation and also the Revere Kiwanis Club.
15. Chairman of the Columbus Day Parade Committee coordinating the parade with the City of Revere and the Chamber of Commerce.
FY15 Goals & Objectives
Continue to provide veteran’s benefits for all veterans in need of services. Provide all eligible veterans with benefits which they qualify for. Provide transportation for those in need to V.A. Medical Centers in Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury or Bedford.
To request that Revere’s local cable access TV station broadcast a Veterans’ Program, “Sound Off”. The show is designed to get information out about Chapter 115 which is the program administered by Massachusetts Veterans’ Service Officers Association. Presently, RevereTV has Veterans’ & Community Corner program which is aired weekly. We continue to have programming about veteran’s.