Overview of Benefits & Services Offered to Veterans

Annuity: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts provides an annuity in the amount of $2,000 to 100% service-
connected disabled veterans and to the parents of men and women who die in service (Gold Star parents) and the unremarried spouses (Gold Star wives or husbands) of veterans who gave their lives in the service of their country
during wartime. To apply, contact your VSO or visit www.mass.gov/veterans

Bonuses: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts provides a one-time bonus to eligible veterans who served during
wartime, from World War II through Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. For the Persian Gulf War Bonus call
617-210-5927. For all other bonuses contact the Office of the State Treasurer 617-367-3900, ext. 543, or for
OEF/OIF ext. 539.

Cemeteries: There are three veterans’ cemeteries in Massachusetts. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
operates the national cemetery in Bourne, on Cape Cod (508-563-7113). The state operates cemeteries in Agawam
(413-821-9500) and Winchendon (978-297-9501). Eligible veterans can be buried in state and federal cemeteries
for free and spouses
for a nominal fee.

Chapter 115 Benefits: Chapter 115 provides a needs-based means tested program of financial and medical
assistance for indigent veterans and their dependents. Qualifying veterans and their dependents receive
necessary financial assistance for food, shelter, clothing, housing supplies, and medical care.
Contact your local VSO to apply.

Education Benefits: Veterans are eligible for tuition waivers at all state colleges and universities. Members of
the Massachusetts National Guard receive a tuition and fee waiver at all state schools. Contact the Veterans’ Representative at the state college/university of your choice for eligibility requirements and to apply.

Employment: Veterans are given preference for employment on the eligibility list for civil service positions. Job
search and assistance is also available for veterans at 32 One-Stop Career Centers across the state. For a
complete listing of Career Centers call 877-US2-JOBS or go to or email save@massmail.state.ma.us.

Employment and Training Grants: DVS has been awarded grants to provide training, job placement, housing
assistance, other supportive services, and information resources to eligible veterans. These grants are administered
by non-profits across the state. Some grants specifically serve homeless veterans; others focus on training for
specific fields such as green jobs. For more information, call DVS at 617-210-5480. If you are an employer looking
to post positions with us for veterans, please contact our employer phone line at 617-210-5970 or veteransvoice@massmail.state.ma.us.

Housing Services: DVS contracts with a range of non-profit organizations, which provide housing services to
eligible veterans. All require that residents maintain a sober and drug-free environment. Services are available to
both male and female veterans. For a complete listing, see www.mass.gov/veterans.  

Motor Vehicle Benefits: Certain disabled veterans and former POWs are eligible for motor vehicle sales and
excise tax exemptions. Contact the Department of Revenue at 617-887-6367. The Registry of Motor Vehicles
provides a variety of veterans’ license plates and a registration exemption for certain veterans.
See www.mass.gov/rmv/veteran/index.htm or call 617-351-9222 for the registration exemption.

Outreach Centers: Outreach Centers are non-profit organizations that contract through DVS to assist veterans
and their families with a range of services. Services vary by location and can include: assistance and referrals to
obtain federal and state veterans’ benefits; counseling services; food pantry and clothing closets; transportation
services; and community activities. For a complete listing, see www.mass.gov/veterans.  

Property Tax:  There are a number of exemptions available to certain disabled veterans and their survivors.
Contact your local Veterans’ Service Officer or city/town assessor.

SAVE Program: SAVE is a peer outreach program that helps veterans navigate the system of benefits and
services through active outreach in the community. SAVE’s mission is suicide prevention and advocacy of veterans
benefits and services. Outreach coordinators are mobile and meet with veterans in the field. The outreach team is comprised of veterans and family members of veterans. Call SAVE at 888-844-2838 or email

Soldiers’ Homes: The Soldiers’ Homes in Chelsea (617-884-5660) and Holyoke (413-532-9475) provide a variety
of services to veterans, such as, acute hospital, domiciliary, and long-term care, physical and occupational therapy
and more.

Transportation: Almost 400,000 veterans live in Massachusetts, and the need for transportation support to access health care and other services is increasing, especially for aging veterans and those with long term injury. This resource sheet from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services’ Human Service Transportation (HST) Office has information for veterans and military families to learn about locally available transportation services. Visit http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/commissions-and-initiatives/hst/for-veterans.html to learn about transportation services available to veterans in Massachusetts.

Women Veterans’ Network: The mission of the Women Veterans’ Network is to provide women with information on benefits; expand awareness of the needs of women veterans; and identify available health and human resources
to meet those needs. Call 617-210-5781.

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