Massachusetts Chapter 115 Benefits
Under M.G.L. c. 115, the Commonwealth provides financial assistance for indigent Massachusetts veterans and their dependents, including assistance for food, shelter, clothing fuel and medical care. These benefits are available for dependents of deceased veterans as well. The following dependents of veterans may qualify for Chapter 115 benefits:
- Spouse of the veteran.
- Widow or widower of the veteran.
- Dependent parent of the veteran.
- Any person who acted as a parent to the veteran for five years immediately preceding the commencement of the veteran’s wartime service.
- Child of the veteran until his or her 19th birthday.
- Child of the veteran between 19 years and 23 years of age while the child is attending high school, an institution of higher learning or some other accredited educational institution provided that the applicant is in receipt of benefits under the provisions of M.G.L. c. 115.
- Child of the veteran 19 years of age or older who is mentally or physically unable to support himself or herself and was affected by the disability prior to his or her 18th birthday.
- Legally adopted children of the veteran.
Note: Veterans and their dependents may be required to apply for federal benefits for which they are eligible before being eligible for state benefits under Chapter 115.
For applications, contact your local veterans’ agent. To find a veterans’ agent: call the local city or town hall and ask for Veterans’ Services; call the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services, (617) 210-5480, and ask for the veterans’ agent name and contact information; or visit the DVS website at www.mass.gov/veterans.
Military Family Relief Fund
The Military Family Relief Fund was established by Chapter 130 of the Acts of 2005 which created a check box on the Massachusetts income tax return to allow taxpayers to make donations to families of National Guard and Reserve servicemembers who are deployed. The fund was created to give assistance to families who are suffering a financial hardship as a result of military deployment. All members of the Massachusetts National Guard and Massachusetts residents serving in the U.S. Armed Forces Reserve components who have deployed for at least 30 consecutive days are eligible to apply for a need-based grant up to $1,000. In order to qualify, the financial hardship must be a direct result of activation or extended deployment. Applications can be completed by the deployed solider or the soldier’s spouse. For more information contact:
Military Friends Foundation
14 Beacon Street, Suite 706
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 733 -7994