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Veterans' issues explored in Newton

Posted by Jason Woods  May 18, 2010 09:30 AM

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John MacGillivray, Newton’s administrative director of veteran’s services, says he will welcome audience participation at ‘Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan: Issues, Problems, and Resources,’’ a presentation taking place May 27 at 7 p.m. in the Newton Free Library.

‘‘I’d like to hear the veterans tell us, ‘This is what I need. This is what I experienced,’’’ said MacGillivray, a Marine veteran who lived in Newton for 57 years before moving to South Boston five years ago.

‘‘The younger veterans are facing different problems than the veterans who returned from Vietnam, Korea, and World War II. We want to get the word out to people in policy-making positions.’’

MacGillivray will moderate the program, which will include representatives from the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs; the state Department of Veterans’ Services; Massachusetts Veterans’ Service Officers Association; VA Medical Center; Statewide Advocacy for Veterans’ Empowerment; Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom Veterans of Massachusetts; and the Home Base Program of the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital.

In an earlier observance honoring Memorial Day, local veterans and families with a loved one on active duty are invited to march in the city’s 2 p.m. parade next Sunday alongside Mayor Setti Warren, who served with the Navy Reserve in the Iraq war.

For more information, call MacGillivray at 617-796-1092 or e-mail jmacgillivray@newtonma.gov.

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