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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts began providing services for veterans following the Revolutionary War. With the Civil War in 1861, the legislature formalized Chapter 115 and the establishment of the Department of Veteran Services. By directive, each town is required to maintain a Veterans’ Service Department – 351 municipalities in total. Currently there are approximately 250 Veteran Service Officers (VSOs) providing benefits to our veterans and dependents.

There are benefits available through the state (Chapter 115) and benefits available from federal agencies (Veterans’ Administration).  Chapter 115 benefits are based on “means tests” and provide financial and medical assistance for veterans and dependents. In addition, financial services for food, shelter, clothing and housing are available. Bonuses and annuities are available to veterans that provided wartime service to our nation. These bonuses are payments for veterans serving in conflicts from World War II through Operation Enduring Freedom. Annuity payments are made to 100% service connected disabled veterans and Gold Star survivors. In addition to these services, VSOs provide support for military funerals and resources for educational benefits, employment benefits and housing services.

In addition to state veteran benefits, VSOs also provide support in applying for federal level benefits. VSOs assist veterans in filing applications seeking service connected disability compensation and veterans seeking federal pensions for non-service connected medical issues. Additionally, we provide support and direction to veterans seeking access to the VA Healthcare System. Click on the videos below for more information.

State Veteran Benefits Program (Chapter 115)

Federal VA Benefits and Services

Veterans Council

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