By Seth Daniel
Everett brought in a new era in the Veterans Affairs office at City Hall, and also made history by inaugurating the first woman to serve in that office during Veterans Day ceremonies on Friday, Nov. 11.Jeanne Cristiano, an Everett resident and military veteran, took the oath of office on Friday to become the first female Veterans’ Agent in the City, filing the vacancy left by recent retiree Joe Hickey.
“While our female soldiers served with dignity and honor, they were not allowed to serve in combat roles,” said Mayor Carlo DeMaria, noting that more than 21,000 women served in World War II. “Finally, last year, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter reversed that and allowed women on active duty to serve in all roles. Today, I am proud and honored that I can appoint Jeanne Cristiano as Everett’s first female Veterans Officer.”
That was followed by loud applause within the Connolly Center, where her large family and groups of friends were there to show their support.
“I will work tirelessly and persistently to defend, honor, support and serve all our soldiers,” she said after taking the oath from Clerk Michael Mattarazzo. “That you for allowing me to serve Everett’s heroes. Never forget these men and women.”
Cristiano was a US Army Specialist with the 881st Maintenance Company from 1977-1980. She spent 32 months stationed in Hanau, Germany where she met her husband, John.
John was also serving in the US Army with the 19th Maintenance Company. John Cristiano is now a lieutenant with the Everett Police Department.
Her two sons are also veterans. One is on active duty as a captain in the Army.
Cristiano was a former Alderwoman in Everett and served on the staff of former State Sen. Jarrett Barrios.