Lexington-Bedford Veterans' Services District
In February 2013 Bedford and Lexington formed a district to better serve the veterans of both towns. That plan was formally approved by the Selectmen from both communities as well as the Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services in Boston. The district office is located in Lexington in the Human Services Department, and the Bedford office is located in the Town Center (Yellow) Building at 12 Mudge Way.
Bill Linnehan joined the department in April 2013 as Veterans Services Officer. A Vietnam veteran, Bill has a Masters in Community Counseling and Bachelors in Criminal Justice. Prior to his employment in the Lexington/Bedford Veterans District, Bill had a long history working with veterans through Massachusetts Division of Career Services and providing career counseling and case management.
Gina M. Rada was appointed as the Veterans’ Services District Director for the Town of Lexington and the Town of Bedford in December 2014. An Operation Enduring Freedom Veteran, Gina served in the United States Air Force from 2002-2008 as an Aerospace Medical Service Technician, with a 365-day deployment to Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Her duties included providing medical and administrative support, operating and maintaining therapeutic equipment, and providing training in preventative medicine techniques and Combat Life Saving Skills. Prior to taking on her role as the Director of Veterans’ Services, she served as the Veterans’ Services Officer for the Town of Watertown. Gina, along with Bill Linnehan, are committed to providing the Veterans and dependents of Lexington and Bedford with the highest level of services in the administration and application of Veterans benefits.
The Mission Statement developed for the new district is to support the veterans residing in our district by identifying veterans and their families in need of service and providing information and access to the services for which they are eligible under the law.
Goals & Objectives
- To execute timely and accurate benefit delivery for all veterans seeking help from the Federal, State and Local branches of government
- To provide dignity, compassion, respect and privacy to all veterans seeking assistance
- To empower veterans through technology, information sharing, and networking; where they can assist themselves and their fellow veterans by connecting services to need
- To continue the fight against homelessness and joblessness within the veteran community
- To be honest and forthright with our veterans, researching the correct answer and providing results as quickly as accuracy allows
- To see the office as a base of operations, not a home, bringing services to the veteran wherever they are whenever they need
Visit the Town of Lexington Veterans' Services website for more information.