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Around Town host Geoff Hall talks with state Rep. James Arciero about Arciero’s early interest in politics and his fundamental passion for helping others. They touch on the 2018 Veterans BRAVE [Veterans’ Benefits, Rights, Appreciation, Validation and Enforcement] Act, recently signed by Governor Charlie Baker, which includes three veterans bills filed by Arciero.
“Coming from a military family myself, it’s a natural for me and I serve on the Veterans Affairs Committee….” Arciero says. “Working with veterans services officers locally here, Terry Stader, to make sure that we had 100 percent access to public housing for disabled veterans, which was passed and signed by the governor. Secondly a commission on higher education to ensure that all the benefits of the G.I. Bill are being fulfilled for veterans who need and deserve it, and lastly Gold Star families. It started with a constituent from Littleton who wasn’t getting the benefits and needs she deserved as well and we filed legislation to enhance the benefits for the Gold Star Families program.”
Arciero also voiced his commitment to his constituents and community by “effectuating positive change” and to “leverage funding for your community that impacts the community in a positive way.”
Westford Public School Superintendent Bill Olsen later joined the set to discuss school safety and how Arciero is behind legislation to help aid public schools.
Arciero is running for a sixth term as a state Representative in the Second Middlesex District, covering Westford, Littleton and Chelmsford Precincts 5, 7, 8. On Nov. 6 he will compete with Republican candidate Kathy Lynch of Westford.