State House

24 Beacon Street Suite 546-1

Boston, MA 02133



Massachusetts Centennial Commemorative Coin now on sale 

June 19, 2020 Townsend, MA. The Veterans of Foreign Department of Massachusetts, elected its 101th State  Commander at its 100th (Pro-Forma) State Convention as per National Executive Order #2 at the Townsend VFW Post 6538. 

​​Russell Jobe joined the Navy in 1982 after graduating high school.  Upon completion of advanced training, he was assigned to Antarctic Development Squadron Six (VXE-6) where he made three deployments to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze (1984-87).  In 1990 he was transferred to the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) where he completed two deployments including the Gulf War which earned him the Southwest Asia Service Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.  He completed tours as a Technical Instructor at the Naval Aviation Technical Training Command (NATTC) in Jacksonville, FL. (1994-98), and aboard the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), making an additional two deployments to the Middle East (1998-2001).  Additional awards he earned  include the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (5th award), NATO Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal and other campaign medals and Unit awards.  He retired from Active Duty as a Chief Petty Officer in 2003.  Russell joined the VFW in 2007 and is a Gold Legacy Life Member of Townsend Post 6538. He served as the Post Commander 2012-13, Post Adjutant 2012-Current, District 15 Commander 2015-17, District 15 Adjutant 2012-15 and two years as National Home Chairman. He is also a member of the American Legion.  Russell and his wife Karen reside in Townsend, MA and he has two daughters, Ashley and Deanna.

July 11, 2020 Medway, MA, Massachusetts Veterans of Foreign Wars Council of Administration unanimously passed a resolution this weekend in support of efforts to call on Governor Baker and the Legislature to take immediate action to increase funding to ensure sufficient staff, equipment and supplies to provide safe care at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke. 

The resolution appeals to the state to expedite the design of a new Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke.  The design would allow for the construction of fully compliant rooms for 250 Veterans, including a toilet and shower in each bedroom and supports the advocacy for an Adult Day Health Care program at the Home.

The Massachusetts VFW furthermore agrees that the state must meet the VA project submission dates of April 15, 2021 for these projects be eligible for consideration for the 65% reimbursement grant from the VA


To order:

Mail Check payable to:

Department of MA VFW 

22 Beacon Street

State House 

Suite 546-1

Boston, MA 02133

Cost $10 per coin

Shipping & Handling $3.00