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Budget Summary FY2012

Department of Veterans' Services
Data Current as of:  7/11/2011





FISCAL YEAR 2012 BUDGET SUMMARY ($000)
ACCOUNT FY2012
Conference
FY2012
Vetoes
FY2012
GAA
Veterans' Services Administration and Operations 2,174 0 2,174
Veterans' Outreach Centers Including Homeless Shelters 1,913 0 1,913
Women Veterans' Outreach 50 0 50
Agawam and Winchendon Veterans' Cemeteries Fees and Grants Retained Revenue 300 0 300
Train Vets to Treat Vets 125 0 125
Assistance to Homeless Veterans 2,291 0 2,291
New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans 2,279 0 2,279
Annuities to Qualified Disabled Veterans, Gold Star Parents and Spouses 20,136 0 20,136
Veterans' Benefits 38,980 0 38,980
Agawam and Winchendon Veterans' Cemeteries 948 0 948
TOTAL    69,195 0 69,195

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account description amount
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' SERVICES 70,195,162
Direct Appropriations
1410-0010 Veterans' Services Administration and Operations
For the operation of the department of veterans' services; provided, that the department may fund a housing specialist from this item; provided further, that the department may expend funds for the Glory 54th Brigade; provided further, that the secretary of veterans' affairs shall submit a report to the joint committee on veterans' and federal affairs and the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than December 30, 2011 on the secretariat's implementation of and the outreach efforts of the so-called welcome home bill; provided further, that the report shall include the participation rates for service, hindrances to enrollment for the program and recommendations, including any necessary statutory or other changes to increase the number of service men and women who apply for such service; provided further, the department shall conduct a study of expanded treatment and residential services for veterans with head injuries and other trauma caused by Improvised Explosive Devices and other concussive weapons encountered on the modern battlefield; provided further, that not less than the amount allocated in item 1410-0010 of section 2 of chapter 182 of the acts of 2008 shall be expended for the purpose of maintaining and rehabilitating Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans memorials; provided further, not less than $15,000 shall be expended for the Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall project in the metro west region; and provided further, that not less than $25,000 be expended for the USS Massachusetts at Battle Ship Cove
2,173,506
1410-0012 Veterans' Outreach Centers Including Homeless Shelters
For services to veterans, including the maintenance and operation of outreach centers; provided, that the department shall increase the amount allocated to a program or its successor listed in this item as appearing in section 2 of chapter 131 of the acts of 2010 by no less than 10 per cent in fiscal year 2012; provided further, that funds shall not be expended for the Middleboro Veteran Outreach Center; provided further, that the Nathan Hale Foundation in the town of Plymouth shall be the successor to the Middleboro Veteran Outreach Center; provided further, that the centers shall provide counseling to incarcerated veterans and to Vietnam era veterans and their families who may have been exposed to agent orange; and provided further, that these centers shall provide services to veterans who were discharged after September 11, 2001, and their families
1,912,555
1410-0015 Women Veterans' Outreach
For the women veterans' outreach program
50,000
1410-0075 Train Vets to Treat Vets
For the purpose of the Train Vets to Treat Vets program; provided, that the department shall work in conjunction with the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology to establish a behavioral health career development program for returning veterans
125,000
1410-0250 Assistance to Homeless Veterans
For veterans' homelessness services; provided, that the department shall increase the amount allocated to a program or its successor listed in this item as appearing in section 2 of chapter 131 of the acts of 2010 by no less than 10 per cent in fiscal year 2012; and provided further, that the Western Massachusetts Bilingual Veterans Outreach Center shall be the successor to the Springfield Bilingual Veterans Outreach Center at the YMCA
2,291,380
1410-0251 New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans
For the maintenance and operation of homeless shelters and transitional housing for veterans at the New England Center for Homeless Veterans located in the city of Boston
2,278,543
1410-0300 Annuities to Qualified Disabled Veterans, Gold Star Parents and Spouses
For the payment of annuities to certain disabled veterans and the parents and un-remarried spouses of certain deceased veterans; provided, that the payments shall be made pursuant to section 6B of chapter 115 of the General Laws; provided further, that the department shall take reasonable steps to terminate payments upon the death of a recipient; provided further, that the department shall prorate annuity payments to ensure that the total payments in fiscal year 2012 shall not exceed the amount appropriated herein; and provided further, that the secretary of veterans' services shall file with the house and senate committees on ways and means a report detailing the number of applications received for annuities offered under this program at the end of each fiscal quarter
20,135,820
1410-0400 Veterans' Benefits
For reimbursements to cities and towns for money paid for veterans' benefits and for payments to certain veterans under section 6 of chapter 115 of the General Laws; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, 100 per cent of the amounts of veterans' benefits paid by cities and towns to residents of a soldier's home shall be paid by the commonwealth to the several cities and towns; provided further, that pursuant to section 9 of said chapter 115, the department shall reimburse cities and towns for the cost of United States flags placed on the graves of veterans on Memorial Day; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the secretary of veterans' services shall continue a training program for veterans' agents and directors of veterans' services in cities and towns; provided further, that the department of veterans' services shall provide such training in several locations across the commonwealth; provided further, that training will be provided annually and on an as needed basis to veterans' services organizations to make them aware of the provision of said chapter 115 and all other benefits to which a veteran or the veteran's dependents may be entitled; provided further, that any person applying for veterans' benefits to pay for services available under chapter 118E of the General Laws shall also apply for medical assistance under said chapter 118E to minimize cost to the commonwealth and its municipalities; provided further, that veterans' agents shall complete applications authorized by the executive office under said chapter 118E for any veteran, widow and dependent applying for medical assistance under said chapter 115; provided further, that the veterans' agent shall file the application for the veteran or dependent for assistance under said chapter 118E; provided further, that the executive office shall act on all chapter 118E applications and advise the applicant and the veterans' agent of the applicant's eligibility for said chapter 118E healthcare; provided further, that the veterans' agent shall advise the applicant of the right to assistance for medical benefits under said chapter 115 pending approval of the application for assistance under said chapter 118E by the executive office; provided further, that the secretary may supplement healthcare pursuant to said chapter 118E with healthcare coverage under said chapter 115 if he determines that supplemental coverage is necessary to afford the veteran or dependent sufficient relief and support; provided further, that payments to or on behalf of a veteran or dependent pursuant to said chapter 115 shall not be considered income for the purposes of determining eligibility under said chapter 118E; and provided further, that benefits awarded pursuant to section 6B of said chapter 115 shall be considered countable income
38,980,045
1410-0630 Agawam and Winchendon Veterans' Cemeteries
For the administration of the veterans' cemeteries in the towns of Agawam and Winchendon
948,313

account description amount
Retained Revenues
1410-0018 Agawam and Winchendon Veterans' Cemeteries Fees and Grants Retained Revenue
For the department of veterans' services which may expend not more than $300,000 for the maintenance and operation of Agawam and Winchendon veterans' cemeteries from revenue collected from fees, grants, gifts or other contributions to the cemeteries; prior appropriation continued
300,000

account description amount
Federal Grant Spending 1,000,000
1410-0054 Homeless Veterans' Reintegration, Training and Placement
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Homeless Veterans' Reintegration, Training and Placement
200,000
1410-0055 Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program Urban-Worcester
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program Urban-Worcester
300,000
1410-0056 Veterans' Workforce Investment
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Veterans' Workforce Investment
500,000

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