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The Department of Veterans’ Services will hold its annual fall training conference for municipal veterans’ service officers Oct. 22-25 in Leominster.
The training conference is a chance for local veterans’ service officers to meet their annual training requirement and to be certified for the first time or be recertified.
The Veterans’ Benefits and Services Act of 2014 requires that veterans’ service officers be certified and pass a recertification test at least every three years. The Department of Veterans’ Services estimates that there may be 150 or more veterans’ service officers up for recertification this year.
The conference includes training sessions on how to administer state and federal veterans’ service programs, including US Veterans Affairs health benefits programs and the Massachusetts Chapter 115 program. Other training topics include how to most effectively connect with local veterans and help find the right services for them and their families.
In a letter to city and town officials, the Department of Veterans’ Services noted that the state has appropriated funds to cover the conference fee and charges for travel and overnight stay expenses. The conference will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Leominster.
For more information, contact Evan Makrinikolas, DVS director of benefits, at 617-210-5482 or email@example.com.