Leominster Veterans Assistant Honored

April 4, 2019

By Cliff Clark

cclark@sentinel andenterprise.com

LEOMINSTER -- To show their appreciation of her tireless efforts to help all veterans in the area, the city’s chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America presented Jolene Constant, the administrative assistant in the city’s Veterans’ Services department, a certificate of appreciation on Tuesday.

“It was completely unexpected and a pleasant surprise,” Constant said on Wednesday.

Constant, who has worked with Veterans’ Services for four years, said that she considers it a privilege and an honor to work with veterans.

“For any veteran that walks through that door, I’m helping them with whatever they need from benefits to housing,” said Constant.

“I’m very humble and proud of what I can do to help our veterans. They are some of the greatest men I’ve ever met,” said the city native, who graduated from Leominster High School.

While not a veteran herself, Constant’s uncle served in the Vietnam War and died, she said, as a result of exposure to the defoliate Agent Orange.

For Ralph Sacramone, the vice president of VVA Chapter 116, the honor for Constant was well deserved.

“She’s very capable and more than willing to donate her time and efforts for anything veterans need in the area,” said Sacramone.

“Anyone who knows Jolene knows she is always willing to help,” he said.

One veteran who chose to remain anonymous, said Sacramone, showed his appreciation in a different way earlier this week.

When he visited the Veterans’ Services office to purchase a chance to guess when Pvt. Rocky would crash through the ice on Rockwell Pond during the annual Leominster Veterans Ice Out Contest, he let Constant choose the time and date.

She guessed right for the anonymous veteran, who showed his appreciation by gifting the prize money to Constant, which was a little over $600, said Sacramone.

A total of over $1,200 was raised during the contest that benefits veterans’ groups throughout the city.