Massachusetts lawmaker, Army reservist, earns promotion
WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts state legislator currently serving in Afghanistan with the Army Reserves says he had a Fourth of July he’ll remember for the rest of his life.
The Westfield Democrat called his promotion “truly an amazing experience.”
He also wrote he missed his family and friends and signed off with “God Bless America!”
The 39-year-old Velis has been in the Army since 2011 and was first elected to the House in 2014.
He deployed in June and is expected to be away six to seven months. He served one previous tour in Afghanistan and has also served in South Korea.