Boston – State Representative Carolyn Dykema, D-Holliston, founder of the MetroWest Veterans’ Consortium, hosted the March 11 meeting at Hudson’s Town Hall to review important issues concerning veterans. During the session, Chris Robbins, resident of Southborough, a veteran and president of the Armed Forces Committee of Worcester County (celebrating 89 years honoring veterans), presented Dykema with a Challenge Coin to express the committee’s deep appreciation for her exceptional commitment to the needs of veterans.
“This uniquely designed Coin is symbolic of our military heritage, our Armed Forces Committee’s identity and honors those who provide outstanding service in support of those who serve and served this great nation,” Robbins noted.
Dykema’s accomplishments include assisting veterans with supportive legislation, addressing transportation needs and starting a veterans’ internship program at Framingham State University.
“Receiving and carrying a Challenge Coin is a time honored tradition throughout the military and law enforcement agencies. These beautifully minted coins / medallions are carried at all times. We wish that you too will honor this sacred tradition to show your Challenge Coin and affiliation with the Armed Forces Committee when you meet with the women and men who serve and served this wonderful nation,” Robbins said.
“I am honored and flattered to receive this special award. I will cherish this Challenge Coin as a reminder of the special bond I have with the members of the Committee, the MetroWest Consortium, and all the veterans we serve,” Dykema said as she thanked the Committee. “Working with the veterans’ community is one of the best parts of my job.”