Veterans Transition House seeks nominations for the 2022 Veteran of the Year Award

New Bedford, MA – The Board of Directors of the Southeastern Massachusetts Veterans Housing Program, Inc., known as Veterans Transition House, is pleased to open its nomination process for the 2022 Veteran of the Year Award sponsored by Lockheed Martin. The Veteran of the Year Award is presented to a regional veteran in recognition of his or her outstanding contributions to veterans, veterans’ issues, and the community as a whole. This year marks the 27th annual award.

Veterans Tranisition House seeks nominations from the public between now and September 15, 2022. The nomination form is available here and can be requested by emailing or 508-992-5313 x 2. Completed forms can be emailed to or mailed to Veterans Transition House, 1297 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA 02740. If you know a veteran who is deserving of special recognition, Veterans Transition House encourages the submission of your nomination as soon as possible.

The Veteran of the Year Award will be announced in October and presented at a special reception on November 9, 2022. For event sponsorship and ticket information, please contact Deven Robitaille at This event is a fundraiser to support veterans housing, outreach services, and the meals program delivered by Veterans Transition House.

The 26th Veteran of the Year Award was presented to Dean Lawrence. Mr. Lawrence served 21 years in the U.S. Army. He served in Operation Desert Shield from 1990 to 1991, a peace-keeping mission in Bosnia from 2000 to 2001, and Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2003 to 2004. Mr. Lawrence has served as a New Bedford police officer for over 20 years.

Founded in 1990 Veterans Transition House has provided more than 3,000 Southeastern Massachusetts homeless veterans with transitional and permanent housing and comprehensive supportive services. Veterans Transition House owns and operates seven properties across New Bedford with the capacity to accommodate housing for 95 homeless veterans. An additional 49 veterans are served within a Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. Opened in 2021, the new Anthony C. and Salvatore H. Alfiero Outreach Center is staffed with licensed clinicians to serve veterans in our community who are at risk of becoming homeless, experiencing food insecurity, and in need of human services. Thank you.