Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom Veterans

Every Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) has a Returning Veteran Coordinator to assist those who served in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.There are three VAMCs located in Massachusetts:

Bedford VAMC 781-687-2000
Boston VAMC* 617-232-9500
Brockton VAMC
Northampton VAMC 413-584-4040
*serving Brockton, Jamaica Plain, and West Roxbury campuses

For more information on the VA’s programs for returning veterans, visit www.oefoif.va.gov.

The Department of Veterans’ Services has produced a publication with information about rights and benefits specifically for OEF/OIF veterans. The publication, entitled “Welcome Home: Your Guide to Veterans’ Benefits and Rights” can be requested by calling DVS.

Department of Veterans’ Services
600 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02114
Fax: 617-210-5755
Email: mdvs@vet.state.ma.us

Agent Orange and Gulf War Helpline

VA and many other government departments and agencies have conducted research studies on the possible health effects of Agent Orange exposure on U.S. veterans. VA has recognized certain cancers and other health problems as associated with exposure to Agent Orange. The VA has a toll-free help line for Vietnam veterans to answer their questions about Agent Orange exposure, healthcare, and benefits. This same toll-free number (800-749-8387) connects callers with a special Persian Gulf War help line to inform those veterans about medical care and benefits available to them. For more information call the Agent Orange and Gulf War Help line 

        Agent Orange and Gulf War Help Line


U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides a wide range of benefits to veterans and their families. It offers its benefit system through three major units: the Veterans Benefits Administration, the Veterans Healthcare System, and the National Cemetery Administration. Veterans can receive education and job training, disability compensation, pension payments, life insurance programs, a loan guarantee program, and hospital and medical care services. In addition to medical centers, the healthcare system includes nursing homes, housing, and Vet Centers offering readjustment counseling.

Contact Information

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Regional Office
JFK Federal Building, Room 1525
Boston, MA 02203

Toll-free numbers for contacting VA

VA Benefits: 800-827-1000
Life Insurance: 800-669-8477
Education (GI Bill): 888-442-4551
Healthcare Benefits: 877-222-8387
Gulf War/Agent Orange Helpline: 800-749-8387
Status of Headstones and Markers: 800-697-6947
Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD): 800-829-4833

For health care services, contact your nearest VA medical facility

Bedford VA Medical Center: 781-687-2000
Brockton VA Medical Center: 508-583-4500
Jamaica Plain (Boston) VA Medical Center: 617-232-9500
Northampton VA Medical Center: 413-584-4040
West Roxbury (Boston) VA Medical Center: 617-323-7700