image of the cover of the third edition of Welcome Home Guide

The third edition of the Welcome Home Guide is designed to help you learn about the benefits you have earned from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as some federal benefits. Topics covered include:

You can download the complete 31-page Welcome Home Guide, 3rd edition pdf format of    welcome_home.pdf  (PDF) or call 617-210-5480 to request a copy by mail.

How do I know if I'm a "veteran"?

For Massachusetts' benefits, you are a "veteran" if you received a discharge under honorable conditions and served for at least 90 days of regular active duty, one day of which was during wartime, or you served for 180 days during peacetime, and you received a discharge under honorable conditions. This does not include active duty for training days in the Guard or Reserve.

(Welcome Home Guide, 3rd edition, April 2010)