Last week Governor Baker signed S.2632, An act relative to veteran’s benefits, rights, appreciation, validation and enforcement (The Brave Act). Dave Robertson played a large part in getting this bill enacted. Starting over 4 years ago at the monthly evening office hours for Rep. Miceli at the Wilmington Town Hall, Dave listened, researched, and collaborated with the legislature legal team, and Rep. Miceli to write part of this legislation, specifically Section 5. This part of the new law acknowledges the Commissioned Officers of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as veterans in Massachusetts. This places Massachusetts in line with the Federal recognition of USPHS/NOAA officers as veterans and provides parity with many other states.
I have worked closely with Dave Robertson on this issue over the past 4 years, and can attest to his professionalism and attention to detail during many phone calls, strategy sessions and meetings at the state house with other legislators to move this issue forward. Dave Robertson has been Rep. Miceli’s right hand man during the last several years, as anyone with a problem or issue in town knows. His mentorship by Rep. Miceli, who well represented the Wilmington area for over the 35 years I have lived in town, provided an incredible on the job training and a strong background for Dave to work in the complex Massachusetts legislative system.
Thank you Rep. Miceli for filing and supporting this legislation and for all you did for the people of Wilmington and Tewksbury for so many years. May you rest in peace.
Thank you Dave Robertson for all the work you did to get this legislation enacted and signed into law. Your enthusiasm for helping people is well suited for your chosen career in public service.
I urge every resident to support this talented, dedicated, hardworking professional to continue in his successful work as the state representative for Wilmington and Tewksbury. Please vote for Dave Robertson in the primary on September 4 and the general election on November 6.
Mary Aruda, PhD, APRN
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