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Earlier this month, Secretary Francisco Ureña visited the St. Paul School in Hingham, Mass. where he read “Veterans: Heroes in our Neighborhood” to first and second graders. He also took the time to speak with students about the role veterans play in their service to the country and Commonwealth.

The reading was part of the Secretary Ureña’s ongoing campaign to increase awareness about the importance of veterans.

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Secretary Ureña with students at the St. Paul School in Hingham.

The campaign began last fall during National Veterans Awareness Week, which, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, was established to “emphasize the need to develop educational programs regarding the contributions of veterans in this country.”

In an effort to connect young people with today’s veterans, Secretary Ureña distributed “Veterans: Heroes in our Neighborhood” to Massachusetts’ Veterans’ Service Officers across the state. He hopes local veterans will visit schools in their communities and teach children about what it means to be a veteran.

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