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January 26, 2013

Amesbury veterans agent to resign


“The outstanding service Kristen has provided for Amesbury’s veterans was the benchmark for the state,” Kezer said. “She was a superstar for us and I’m sure she will be the same for the VA’s office.”

Over the years, Lucier spent her days connecting with Amesbury’s veterans and doing whatever she could to help them through the various issues they faced in life. She helped local veterans understand their benefit eligibility, assisted them in applying for their benefits and helped ensure that they were connected to the services and programs they needed.

She also actively coordinated with other city departments, like the Council on Aging and the library, to help produce educational and intergenerational military programs.

The part of the job she enjoyed the most, however, was getting to know the veterans and reaching out to their family members.

“That’s been a great pleasure,” Lucier said. “Doing the flags every year on Memorial Day with Holly Shay and her family and getting to know some of the people who have been touched by tragedies of war and seeing how they’ve moved forward while continuing to honor their memories.”

Lucier highlighted the deaths of Jordan Shay and Andrew Nicol, who both died in combat overseas, as two of the hardest periods in her tenure as Veterans Agent. In Shay’s case, she recounted how it wouldn’t stop raining the whole week they were planning his funeral, but the whole city came together and helped make it an incredibly beautiful tribute to his memory.

“It was a really, really tough time for Amesbury,” Lucier said. “But at the same time it was incredible to see how Amesbury pooled together to honor him and his family.”

Having had the chance to work with so many other people in town, Lucier said it was a great experience to work in Amesbury and have the chance to get to know all the other people who make the place tick.

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