Under M.G.L. c. 115 and Chapter 130 of Acts of 2005, the Commonwealth and the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services provide annuities to certain disabled veterans or families of deceased servicemembers. The annuity is a periodic payment of $2,000 per year made to eligible veterans or family members, with one half paid on April 1 and the other half paid on February 1. One-hundred percent service-connected disabled veterans, and the surviving parents (Gold Star Parents) and un-remarried spouses (Gold Star Wives or Husbands) of some deceased veterans who died in the line of duty during wartime are eligible to apply.
Annuities for Disabled Veterans
Veterans who meet the following requirements are eligible for an annuity:
- The veteran is a resident of Massachusetts;
- The veteran meets the service time requirements explained by M.G.L. c. 115, s. 6A, 6B and 6C;
- Received an honorable discharge from military services; and
- The veteran meets the requirements for blindness, paraplegia, double amputation, or other disability explained by M.G.L. c. 115, s. 6B, or is otherwise 100 percent disabled as certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Annuities for Surviving Parents or Un-Remarried Spouses
An annuity is available to a parent or an un-remarried spouse of a deceased servicemember. The parent or un-remarried spouse must meet be a resident of Massachusetts. The deceased servicemember must have met the requirements:
- The servicemember was a resident of Massachusetts;
- The servicemember received a discharge from military service under other than dishonorable conditions;
- The servicemember’s death occurred as a result of an injury or disease contracted during active service in time of war or insurrection or combat as set forth in 108 CMR 3.02.
To receive the annuity, the applicant must complete an application and must submit copies of their discharge (DD Form 214), a recent Veterans Administration (VA) award letter, and a W-9 form. Family members are required to submit documentation of their relationship to the deceased veteran such as a marriage license or birth certificate. An optional Direct Deposit Authorization may also be submitted. An application may be obtained by regular mail by calling the veterans’ agent at the local city/town hall, or from the Department of Veterans’ Services:
Department of Veterans’ Services
600 Washington Street, Suite 1100
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: (617) 210-5927
Fax: (617) 727-5903
An applicant denied an annuity may appeal to the DVS Annuity Appeal Board within 30 days of receipt of the denial notification letter.