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Melrose hires new veterans services officer

Posted by Matt Byrne  July 19, 2011 10:04 AM

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US Army photo by 2nd Lt. Jordan Breau, Task Force Kabul

Staff Sergeant Ryan McLane (left) speaks with a group comprised of village elders and medical staff at the medical drop at a local clinic in Estalef, north of Kabul, last August.

The City of Melrose has brought on an Army National Guardsman as veterans service officer, the city said.

Ryan McLane will begin duties Sept. 12, and replaces Natalee Webb, who resigned in May for personal medical reasons.

McLane, a staff sergeant and combat medic with the 1-101 Field Artillery Regiment, has served three tours of duty, included yearlong stints in Iraq in 2004 to 2005, and in Afghanistan in 2010, the city said.

He also brings a strong academic background, with a bachelor's degree in history from Stonehill College, and a master's in public administration from Norwich University. In addition, he is working toward a doctorate in public policy at UMass Boston, with a focus on veteran benefit delivery at the local and state level.

"The Veterans Advisory Board and I are thrilled to have been able to hire such a qualified candidate and distinguished veteran to this important position," said Melrose Mayor Robert Dolan, in a statement. "Our goal continues to be to serve all veterans and to have the most progressive and proactive Veterans Services Department in the Commonwealth."

Before taking the job in Melrose, McLane was employed at the Department of Veteran Affairs in the Boston regional office, specializing in case management and one-on-one interaction with veterans of the global war on terrorism.

Until McLane starts full-time for the city, the office is being staffed by retired veterans administrator Bill Leamy.


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