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|What are the contact numbers and websites for the Veterans' Administration and the State Department of Veterans' Services?
VA TOLL FREE HOT LINE (800) 827-1000: This number will put callers in direct contact with VA officials, who are fully knowledgeable in ALL areas of Federal benefits and services.
STATE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' SERVICES WEBSITE: http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=veteranshomepage&L=1&sid=Eveterans&L0=Home
|What are the Federal Benefits coordinated by the Veterans' Services Office?
FEDERAL BENEFITS COORDINATED BY THE VETERANS’ SERVICES OFFICE
Generally any Federal entitlement for an eligible veteran will start from the Veterans’ Services Office, by way of application filled out either by the Director or with his help. Information and assistance is readily available for every Federal veterans benefit. Typical federal benefits coordinated by this office are:
GRAVE MARKERS – Every honorably discharged veteran, upon his death, is entitled at the government’s expense to a flat bronze marker commemorating his military service.
BURIAL IN A NATIONAL OR STATE VETERANS’ CEMETERY - Any eligible veteran may be buried (if space is available) at any Federal Veterans’ Cemetery or in one of the two (3) new State Veterans’ Cemeteries at Agawam or Winchendon.
DISABILITY – Veterans seeking either a service-connected or non-service connected disability rating or an increase in either rating can do so starting with local assistance.
G.I. LIFE INSURANCE – All claims for payment under G.I. life insurance can be initially processed and forwarded from the local veterans’ services office.
DISCHARGES – World War II discharges or post-WWII Form
DD214s can be obtained, corrected or upgraded starting locally.
WIDOW’S PENSION – This program starts with a local application.
VA HOME LOANS – Applications for certification of eligibility are available on a local level and expedited handling can be arranged.
MEDAL/AWARDS/DECORATIONS – Veterans can obtain or replace medals, awards or decorations they are entitled to either from government or commercial sources or they can apply for decorations for which they are qualified, but which they did not officially receive, at the time of discharge.
BONUSES – There is no time limit on payment of WWII, Korean, Vietnam or Gulf War state bonuses. They can be obtained by applying locally.
LICENSE PLATES – veterans can apply through the local office for distinctive license plates issued by the Commonwealth such as POW, Silver Star, Bronze Star, etc.
GENERAL INFORMATION – This office can usually answer any and all questions pertaining to military affairs, military history or any inquiry related to veterans.
|What are the veteran benefits available to women veterans?
Women veterans in need of financial assistance are entitled to the same state benefits as men veterans under M.G.L. Chapter 115, administered by the veterans’ agent of each city or town. The Department of Veterans’ Services acknowledges that women veterans have needs and concerns not experienced by the general male veteran population. The Women Veterans’ Network of the Department of Veterans’ Services was established in 1977, with the vision of being the central resource for women veterans residing in Massachusetts. Members of the Women Veterans Network Committee include women veterans from all eras, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs representatives, local veterans’ agents, and veterans’ service organizations. The Women’s Veterans Network works in identifying, locating and educating women veterans in Massachusetts on available quality health and human services programs. It is the central resource for referrals for women veterans in Massachusetts.
Among its goals are:
Women are also encouraged to contact their local veterans’ agents to see what range of benefits they are entitled to under federal and state laws.
|What is the Federal and State definition of a "Veteran"?
DEFINITION OF “VETERAN”
FEDERAL DEFINITION: under Federal Law a VETERAN is any person, who served honorably on active duty in the armed forces of the United States. (Discharges marked GENERAL AND UNDER HONORABLE CONDITIONS also qualify.)
|What Local/State Services and Benefits are available to eligible veterans?
LOCAL/STATE SERVICES/BENEFITS AVAILABLE TO ELIGIBLE VETERANS:
DIRECT FINANCIAL AID – Chapter 115 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth provides a system of financial benefits for veterans, their families, and in some cases their survivors, who are in need and who meet the appropriate criteria. This aid is dispensed by the Veterans’ Services Office from Town funds and is reimbursed by the Commonwealth at a rate of 75%. This aid is paid by check directly to the recipient and must be repaid if circumstances permit.
HOSPITAL/MEDICAL/FUEL – Eligible veterans and their families can have their hospital, medical and fuel bill paid by the Town with a 75% reimbursement from the Commonwealth.
BURIAL – All deceased veterans receive a casket flag and an aluminum grave marker. Honor guards are also available. Financial aid is available for indigent veterans’ burial, if there is no family or no other source of funds to pay for burial. Some of these funds are reimbursed to the Town from the Commonwealth.
PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS – Eligible veterans, spouses, and parents must:
Please contact the Sudbury Assessors Office for further eligibility and to apply. Please note that an application must be submitted each year to the assessor's office to obtain the exemption. It is not automatic.
|Which veterans are eligible for services under Massachusetts General Laws?
ELIGIBLE VETERANS: Eligible veterans as defined by M.G.L. Chapter 4, Section 7 are as follows: