I would like to extend my best greetings to all for a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a safe 2019. I am sending you this message to thank you for your support, efforts and all the work you have done to assist our Veterans, their families and all here in Randolph. It takes a team to provide assistance to our Veterans and their families. No one person can accomplish all that is needed to care for our Veterans who defended our Freedom from WW2 to present day. We are in their debt as w/o their service to our nation, nothing we know exists.
I have been working as your Director of Veterans Services since March 2016 and I can say it is a great honor and privilege to hold this position. I am looking forward to 2019 and want to share with you one of my goals for the upcoming year. I feel that with the talent, skills and abilities of all of us, we can make things happen in Randolph and lead by example for other communities in Massachusetts.
Housing is now the #1 issue presently for our Veterans. It used to be healthcare but it has become housing as the cost/availability of decent housing is the largest issue/cost most Veterans (and others) face as they get older. I have a number of Veterans who struggle to afford a place to live and worry about becoming displaced or homeless. Envision Bank is working to create some Veterans Housing in Randolph and I will be working with them to support their initiative to build in Randolph. I had a great conversation with Envision VP Richard Olson yesterday and their support for our Veterans is needed. We need partners and I have discussed how we can support their project.
I will be looking to work with all in 2019 who can assist us with creating housing for our Veterans and hope to have some additional ideas on how together we can create better housing options.There are some innovative solutions being put forward to deal with the need for stable housing and I feel we can do more here in Randolph.
May all here in Randolph, all in Massachusetts and across our nation experience peace, safety and freedom in 2019.
Kevin J Cook – US Navy (Ret.)Director of Veterans ServicesShared Services District of Randolph & MiltonCell 617-251-7767