Department of Veterans' Services

The Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) is the chief
advocate for veterans and their families in the Commonwealth. As part of the
Governor’s cabinet, DVS establishes policy, proposes legislation, and represents
the interests of veterans.

DVS works with the federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to serve veterans
in Massachusetts and to help them secure federal compensation and benefits.

To search for Veteran benefits and services as well as VSO's
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Chapter 115 Benefits To Veterans

DVS works with local cities and towns to administer Chapter 115 benefits
to veterans and their families such as:

  • emergency financial assistance
  • annuities
  • wartime service bonuses
  • tax exemptions.

In addition, non-profit organizations across the state contract through
DVS to provide the following services to Veterans

  • housing
  • counseling
  • employment
  • training assistance
  • outreach services
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