On May 31, 2012, Governor Patrick signed the Veterans Access, Livelihood, Opportunity and Recognition Act (the VALOR Act) into law (Chapter 108 of the Acts of 2012). Massachusetts is already a leader on providing outstanding benefits to its servicemembers and veterans. The VALOR Act expands upon those benefits by providing additional support for veterans and their families in areas such as education; small business entrepreneurship; and workforce development. The Act also provides Massachusetts’ criminal justice system with additional tools to address some of the underlying issues, such as PTSD, TBI and substance abuse, that many of our veterans suffer from when they return home and that may result in involvement with law enforcement and the courts.
VA Caregiver Support
The VA sponsors a variety of Caregiver Support Services and Tools to assist those who are providing care to a veteran. Services include a toll free Caregiver Support Line at 1-855- 260-3274 and a webpage at www.caregiver.va.gov, providing information on caring for your veteran and for yourself. The website can also connect you with your local Caregiver Support Coordinator.
Support Services for Active Duty Military Personnel and Families
The following facilities offer support groups and other services to military families:
Army Community Services
61 Quebec Street, Bldg. 683
Devens, MA 01434
Phone: (978) 796-3023 or (978)796-3119
National Guard Family Program of Massachusetts
14 Minuteman Lane
Wellesley, MA 02481
Phone: (888) 301-3103 ext. 7221
Hanscom Airman & Family Readiness Center
20 Kirtland Street, Bldg. 1218
Lexington, MA 02421
Phone: (781) 225-2765
Westover Airman & Family Readiness Center
100 Walker Ave.
Chicopee, MA 01022
Phone: (413) 557-3024
Family Members of POW/MIA Servicemembers
Each military branch has a service casualty office to serve family members of POW or MIA servicemembers. The Department of State also has a casualty office to serve family members of civilian defense employees. Military officials can explain how missing servicemembers are accounted for and efforts being made to bring servicemembers home. Casualty assistance officers act as liaisons to family members. If you are the family member of POW or MIA servicemember visit Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel for more information, or contact the appropriate casualty assistance officer listed below.
U.S. Air Force Missing Persons Branch
Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps
Morale, Welfare, Recreation and Business Operation Division (MR)
3044 Catlin Ave
Quantico, VA 22134
Phone: (703) 784-3806
U.S. Army Human Resources Command
Human Resources Contact Center
Navy POW/MIA Branch
Casualty Assistance Division (OPNAV N135C)
5720 Integrity Drive
Millington, TN 38055-6210
1 (800) 443-9298
Additional resources for Family members with brief explanations of each organization. Resources include: Fisher House, The Yellow Ribbon Fund, Wounded Warrior Project, Our Military, Canines for Combat Veterans, Sew Much Comfort.