I want to spend a few minutes trying to explain my ... proposed amendment that I will offer for Warrant item 14: budget modifications.
I am going to request up to $30,000 to fund a 0.5 FTE position for Framingham Veteran Services.
I have requested an exact figure from the Town Manager/Fiscal Officer. This position was approved at Annual Town Meeting in April but was not funded.
As an Iraq veteran and a clinical social worker who supports warriors in transition, I have witnessed first-hand of the challenges of veterans.
Recently, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has dictated that cities and towns support student veterans during breaks from school periods with Chapter 115 funding [Veteran Relief].
With Framingham State University and MassBay Community College in town, we should have the need for more services from the Veteran Agent. I believe we need more support in this office.
I am hoping that you will restore the 0.5 FTE position that was removed several years ago. This will help our veterans and especially our student veterans living in Framingham.
Jeffrey M. Cox
Town Meeting Member, Precinct 14