The Somerville News Weekly’s Special Person of the Week Veterans Services Director Jay Weaver

Jay Weaver became the Director of Somerville Veterans Services on April 2, 2012

A Harvard graduate who studied American History who became an

American Revolution and World War II buff and who got to meet and assist former soldiers that actually served in World War II.

At the age of 47, He convinced the United States Army to give him a twelve year age waiver and was allowed to serve in the US Army Reserve who was later shipped to Germany and served with the First Armored Division and later continued onto Afghanistan for one year.

Weaver also served in the JAG Corps providing care to soldiers’s affairs who were injured, and had to be shipped back home stateside.

When Weaver returned stateside himself, he began working as Somerville’s Veterans’ Services Director replacing outgoing retired Veterans’ Services Director Frank Senesi.

Veterans can turn to Veterans’ Services for assistance in getting their state benefits. If they meet certain income guidelines, veterans are entitled to a monthly paycheck from the state as well.

Jay also oversees the Memorial Day Parade every year.

He is also in charge of maintaining all the city’s monuments and memorials as well as all the veterans graves and street dedications that families can request to name a square in honor of a loved one that served in the military.

Jay Weaver has made big improvements in the Veterans’ Services Department with more outreach programs for veterans and the updating of the city’s website that made it more veteran friendly as well as created a Veterans Services Facebook page, that led to more improvements for the modern era veteran.

Jay Weaver we salute you for all that you do for the veterans of Somerville!

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