Francisco A. Urena is Guest Speaker at AAWV
Annual Luncheon Meeting
BOSTON November 7, 2012 Boston Veterans’ Services Commissioner Francisco A. Urena is the Guest Speaker at the 64th Annual Luncheon Meeting of the American Albanian War Veterans (AAWV) on November 12, 2012 at Anthony’s Pier 4 Restaurant on Boston’s historic Waterfront.
Appointed by Boston’s Mayor Thomas M. Meninoto lead the City of Boston’s Veterans’ Services, Commissioner Urena’s commitment to government service began the day after graduating from South Broward High School in Hollywood, Florida, where he enlisted in the United States Marines Corps.
In the span of eight years of honorable service in the U.S. Marines, Commissioner Urena’s duties included Diplomatic Security with the Department of State at two American Embassies; American Embassy Damascus, Syria, and American Embassy Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He is a Purple Heart recipient from injuries sustained while in combat during the Operation Iraqi Freedom
Commissioner Urena followed his enlistment in the U.S. Marines with a degree in History and Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
While pursuing his education, he involved himself in a series of volunteer work which ultimately led to his role as a Veterans’ Services Officer.
In 2008, Commissioner Urena was honored with the “Veterans’ Services Officer of the Year” – award by former Veterans’ Services Secretary, Thomas G. Kelley.
The AAWV, comprised of WWII Albanian-American veterans in Greater Boston, was founded in 1946 in Boston by U.S. Navy Lieut-Commander Andrew E. Elia
who served as a Medical Officer on board a U.S. Navy supply ship during WWII. It is believed that Dr. Elia was the role model of the ship’s doctor in the book,
Mr. Roberts, by Thomas Heggen that later became a movie starring Henry Fonda as Mr. Roberts and William Powell as the ship’s doctor.
For more information and/or reservations, please contact Virginia Kosmo
at 1-781 894-2721 or Ron Nasson at 1-508 668-6506
AAWV Annual Luncheon Meeting
November 12, 2012 at Noon
Anthony’s Pier 4 Restaurant
140 Northern Avenue
The AAWV Annual Meeting Luncheon ($25) is open to the public.
All are most welcome!