Message from Attorney General Healey

Dear Servicemembers, Veterans, Caregivers, and Families:

Thank you for the service and sacrifices that you have made for our country and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Whether you are on your first tour of duty, have recently separated or retired, or are considering continuing your service through Active Duty, Guard, or Reserves, I am committed to ensuring that you are made aware and have access to all the benefits and protections you or your loved ones have earned.

If you are a Veteran or are currently serving in the United States Military, including the National Guard or Reserves, there are laws designed to protect you against discrimination in employment, help you avoid credit or foreclosure problems, and maximize your healthcare, disability, and education benefits. This guide is designed to help inform you of your rights, and the benefits and protections available to you.

Veterans and their families continue to serve our country through their work in the community or in their new careers. Some Veterans have paid the ultimate price and some face physical and psychological challenges that extend well beyond their military service. Massachusetts has been providing assistance to its Veterans and their families for almost 300 years, and I am committed to advancing this important tradition.

It is an honor and a privilege to serve you and the Commonwealth.


Maura Healey
Massachusetts Attorney General


Some of the information in this guide concerns specific laws and regulations. This information is provided as a general educational resource and is not meant to be legal advice of any kind. The information provided here may or may not apply to each individual’s circumstances. In addition, this guide is current through October 2016. As rules and regulations change, portions may become obsolete.