Meet this week’s “Special Person of the Week:Bryan Bishop
Before becoming the City of Somerville’s Veterans Service Director in December of 2015, Bryan Bishop was the Deputy Commissioner & Chief of Staff of Boston Veterans Services.
Bishop brought his years of service experience as the Deputy Commissioner and Chief of Staff for the City of Boston Department of Veterans’ Services to Somerville and put it to work immediately.
He is a 20-year Veteran of the United States Air Force who has spent much of his life serving the country and his fellow Veterans.
Bishop is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Veterans Services department and aids our local veterans and their families in accessing both federal and state veterans benefits.
He also works closely with other staff to provide strong leadership in the development of constituent engagement programs within all demographics of the Veterans community. His priority is to advocate and give a voice to the Veterans and their families who call Somerville home.
Bishop graduated magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and minor in Disability Studies. During his time at UMASS Lowell, he was active in the Student Veterans Organization as well the SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society for which he still visits local colleges and universities urging students to join this prestigious society of our Veterans’ academic elite.
His military decorations include the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Achievement Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Recognition Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster.
Since becoming director, Bishop has put his heart and soul into the Somerville Veteran Services Department proudly representing our veterans and it shows that he really loves this city and it’s amazing veterans!
Our hats are off to his true Somerville spirit!
We here at the Somerville News Weekly salute you for everything that you do to make Somerville a better place.