Highest veteran service award goes to Andover officer

July 20, 2018 by  

Alicia Marie Reddin, Director of Veteran Services, has been named by Andrew P. Flanagan, Town Manager of Andover, as the top veteran service officer in Massachusetts.

At a recent ceremony, the Inside Award of the Massachusetts Veterans Service Officers Association (MVSOA) was given to Reddin. The award recognizes the municipal veteran service officer who demonstrates in their role as being the most effective of all officers.

Reddin joined the MVSOA in 2016, serving as treasurer and secretary. Within her first year of service, she enabled the organization to turn a $2,000 deficit into an operating profit of $1,500. This money enables the organization to reinvest in several initiatives that benefit the veterans in the state. Reddin has also updated the training program of the MVSOA to make the content more engaging and relevant to the veterans.

Reddin became the director of Andover’s veteran services in March and served in the same role previously in Wakefield, Melrose, and Saugus.

Flanagan commented that Reddin is dedicated to ensuring resources are made available to the veterans in the community. He added that she has not only contributed a great to Andover but to the commonwealth as well, and truly deserves this honor.

The town could use poster printing to create posters announcing such honors so that residents of the community are aware of such contributions to helping veterans.