“Under the leadership of Director Jaime Melendez, Veterans’ Services has almost doubled the former military men and women receiving benefits.”
Melendez did not respond to a request for the numbers. The Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services tracks only the number of veterans receiving income supplements under its Chapter 115 program. Those numbers are up 14 percent in the 14 months since Lantigua named Melendez to run the Lawrence veterans’ office, to an average of 98 a month. In the 14 months before Melendez took over, the office served a monthly average of 86 veterans.