ADVISING TROOPS: Medfield resident Brendan Sheehan (inset) recently volunteered his time and expertise to assist members of the Massachusetts National Guard.
Sheehan, a financial planner with Michael Scott and Associates in Westborough, presented “Ten Steps Toward Financial Readiness” at the West Newton Armory, with topics including credit reports, debt, investments, and savings plans. He then followed up with individual sessions for service members who are scheduled for deployment this year.
Sheehan has volunteered for five years with the Financial Planning
Association of Massachusetts Military Pro Bono program, which offers free coaching and other assistance to service members and their families, both before and after deployment. His commitment stems from an experience early in his volunteerism, when he watched service members who had not yet been deployed being videotaped as they read children’s bedtime stories.
“That hit me hard,” recalled Sheehan, who said reading to his 6-year-old and 7-month-old children is his favorite part of the day. “Not only are [servicemen] risking their lives, but they’re sacrificing those moments for months or a year at a time. I can certainly carve out a day or two every month to help in the best way I can. I give them all the credit in the world.”
NEW ROLE: State Representative John J. Lawn of Watertown, has joined the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Waltham. Lawn had been the owner of Charles River Real Estate in Watertown since 2004.
A longtime resident of Watertown, Lawn won a 2010 special election to replace Peter Koutoujian, who resigned his House seat after being appointed Middlesex County sheriff. The Democrat was reelected to the 10th Middlesex District seat in November.
Lawn is vice chairman of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Service, and a member of the Joint Committee on Housing, and the Joint Committee on Financial Services. He previously served on the Watertown Town Council for six years.
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