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Budget Summary FY2013

Department of Veterans' Services
Data Current as of:  7/7/2012





FISCAL YEAR 2013 BUDGET SUMMARY ($000)
ACCOUNT FY2013
Conference
FY2013
Vetoes
FY2013
GAA
Veterans' Services Administration and Operations 2,696 0 2,696
Veterans' Outreach Centers Including Homeless Shelters 2,168 0 2,168
Women Veterans' Outreach 75 0 75
Agawam and Winchendon Cemeteries Retained Revenue 565 0 565
Train Vets to Treat Vets 125 0 125
Assistance to Homeless Veterans 2,521 0 2,521
New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans 2,279 0 2,279
Annuities to Disabled Veterans Gold Star Parents and Spouses 21,400 0 21,400
Veterans' Benefits 44,208 0 44,208
Agawam and Winchendon Veterans' Cemeteries 1,015 0 1,015
TOTAL    77,051 0 77,051

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account description amount
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' SERVICES 78,170,820
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 not less than $10,000 shall be expended for maintenance services for the Korean War memorial located in the Charlestown navy yard; provided further, that not less than $10,000 shall be expended for the transportation of a decommissioned tank, approved by the Department of Defense, from the North Carolina National Guard to the Johnny Ro Veterans Memorial Park in Leominster; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for the purpose of maintaining and rehabilitating the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial in the city of Worcester; provided further, that not less than $55,000 shall be expended on other war memorials; provided further, that funds shall be expended for veterans memorials with preference to those that include public open space and achieve equal geographic representation across the commonwealth; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for the Veterans' Oral History Project at the Morse Institute Library in Natick; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended on the USS Massachusetts at Battleship Cove; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for restoration grants for Civil War Veterans' monuments, memorials and other significant sites across the Commonwealth in conjunction with the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities; and provided further, that the department may expend funds for the Glory 54th Brigade
2,695,839
1410-0012 Veterans' Outreach Centers Including Homeless Shelters
For services to veterans, including the maintenance and operation of outreach centers; provided, that in fiscal year 2013 the department shall increase the amount allocated to a program or its successor by no less than 10 per cent over the amount received in fiscal year 2012; provided further, that funds shall not be expended for the Middleboro Veterans' Outreach Center; provided further, that the Nathan Hale Foundation in the town of Plymouth shall be the successor to the Middleboro Veterans' Outreach Center; provided further, that the centers shall provide counseling to incarcerated veterans and to Vietnam era veterans who may have been exposed to agent orange and the families of such veterans; and provided further, that centers shall provide services to veterans who were discharged after September 11, 2001 and the families of such veterans
2,167,611
1410-0015 Women Veterans' Outreach
For the women veterans' outreach program
75,000
1410-0075 Train Vets to Treat Vets
For the Train Vets to Treat Vets program; provided, that the department shall work in conjunction with the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology to administer a behavioral health career development program for returning veterans
125,000
1410-0250 Assistance to Homeless Veterans
For veterans' homelessness services; provided, that in fiscal year 2013 the department shall increase the amount allocated to a program or its successor by no less than 10 per cent over the amount received in fiscal year 2012
2,520,518
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 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 under sections 6A, 6B and 6C of chapter 115 of the General Laws
21,400,000
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 soldiers' home, homeless shelter, or transitional housing facility 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 shall be provided annually and on an as needed basis to veterans' service organizations to provide information and education regarding the benefits available under said chapter 115 and all other benefits to which a veteran or a 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 costs to the commonwealth and its municipalities; provided further, that veterans' agents shall complete applications authorized by the executive office under said chapter 118E for a veteran, surviving spouse or dependent applying for medical assistance under said chapter 115; provided further, that the veterans' agent shall file the application for the veteran, surviving spouse or dependent for assistance under said chapter 118E; provided further, that the executive office of health and human services 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 the secretary determines that supplemental coverage is necessary to afford the veteran, surviving spouse or dependent sufficient relief and support; provided further, that payments to, or on behalf of, a veteran, surviving spouse 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
44,208,484
1410-0630 Agawam and Winchendon Veterans' Cemeteries
For the administration of the veterans' cemeteries in the towns of Agawam and Winchendon
1,014,825

account description amount
Retained Revenues
1410-0018 Agawam and Winchendon Cemeteries Retained Revenue
For the department of veterans' services which may expend not more than $565,000 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
565,000

account description amount
Federal Grant Spending 1,100,000
1410-0057 VA Housing First Homeless Initiative
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, VA Housing First Homeless Initiative
1,100,000

account description amount
Trust and Other Spending 20,000
1410-2526 Agent Training 20,000