Rep. DiZoglio Sponsors $125,000 for Haverhill Veterans’ Program

Bradley Howell. (WHAV News file photograph.)

Bradley Howell, CRC chief executive officer.

State Representative Diana DiZoglio.

State Representative Diana DiZoglio.

Money to support Haverhill’s Career Resources Corporation’s (CRC) program to help disabled veterans find employment has been added to the Massachusetts House of Representatives’ proposed budget.

Rep. Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen), sponsored a $125,000 budget amendment to help the program, which is run in concert with Valley Works Career Center, Veterans Northeast Outreach Center and City of Haverhill Veterans’ Services. If approved by the full house and senate and signed by Gov. Charles D. Baker, the money would become available July 1.

“Unemployment remains high among veterans, comparative to the overall population,” said DiZoglio, who represents communities in North Andover, Methuen, Lawrence and Haverhill. “These are men and women who have put their lives on the line for us and we need to do everything we can to help them transition back into our community. This program will go a long way toward ensuring the continued success of our service men and women. CRC has estimated that with the inclusion of this funding, it will be able to serve an additional 27 veterans in the Merrimack Valley who are seeking jobs.”

CRC, 22 Partridge Road, is a non-profit that serves communities across the Merrimack Valley. It recently leased downtown office space at the Landmark building (formerly Mitchell’s Department Store), 76 Merrimack St. The agency began as the Work Activity Center in 1968 and operated for many years at the former Winter Street School.

“CRC is committed to enhancing the quality of life for people throughout the Merrimack Valley who are living with a wide range of disabilities and other challenges,” said Bradley Howell, CRC chief executive officer. “The Veterans with Disabilities Employment program has been extremely effective in assisting veterans obtain employment. Representative DiZoglio and Chairman Brian S. Dempsey have been tireless supporters of this program by successfully advocating for funding and building support among the local delegation. Their commitment goes beyond funding as they also consistently attend CRC events advocates for people with disabilities. CRC wishes to thank Representative DiZoglio, Chairman Dempsey and the Merrimack Valley delegation for their support.”

“This program will go a long way in providing our local veterans with the critical support services they need and will ensure that our veterans are provided access to employment opportunities,” said Dempsey (D-Haverhill). “I commend the leadership of Representative DiZoglio on this issue and the hard work of the entire Haverhill delegation in their commitment to our veterans.”