Massachusetts Veterans' Benefits

The Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services (DVS) is proud to honor the sacrifice of those who served our Nation & Commonwealth by offering numerous benefits & services to them & their loved ones.

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MASSVETS Benefits

MASSVETS Benefits

Chapter 115
Needs-based program offering veterans and their dependents cash assistance for housing heating and medical care. Please contact your local VSO to apply.

Annuity Benefit
$2,000 a year to eligible disabled veterans and the surviving spouses and parents of veterans who died on Active Duty or due to a service-related illness. Contact the DVS Annuity Department at (617) 210-5480 or contact your local VSO to apply.

DVS Resources

Resources including Veterans Cemeteries, SAVE Program, Soliders' Homes, Women Veterans' Network, and Outreach Centers.

Veterans Cemeteries

  • Veterans may be buried in state & federal cemeteries for free, with spouses buried for a nominal fee.
    • Agawam: (413) 821-9500
    • Winchendon: (978) 297-9501
    • Bourne: (508) 563-7113

SAVE Program

  • Peer veterans and family members offering support for suicide prevention/ideation as well as benefits & services. Call (617) 210-5743 or email SAVE@mass.gov.

Soldiers' Homes

  • The Soldiers’ Homes in Chelsea & Holyoke provide veterans’ healthcare and other services:

Women Veterans' Network (WVN)

  • The Women Veterans’ Network provides women veterans with access to resources, information, & support as well as networking opportunities. Visit the WVN webpage or email DVSWomen@mass.gov.

Outreach Centers

  • DVS contracts with providers to assist veterans & their families with a range of services which may vary by location but not limited to:
    • Food pantry
    • State & federal benefits
      referrals
    • Counseling
    • Housing
    • Employment & training
    • Transportation services
    • Community activities

For more information, visit Mass.gov/MassVetsAdvisor.

Other State Veterans' Resources

Additional Resources Including Property Tax Exemptions, Bonuses, & Housing Services.

Property Tax Exemptions

Bonuses

  • The Massachusetts Veterans’ Bonus Division distributes bonuses for various conflicts for qualified active duty, discharged, & deceased Massachusetts veterans. For more information, visit www.vetsbonusma.com or call (617) 367-9333 ext. 859.

Housing Services

  • The Commonwealth offers numerous housing related services which can be found on Mass Vets Advisor, including: 
    • Homeless prevention
    • Outreach services
    • Emergency shelters
    • Transitional housing
    • Counseling
    • Permanent Housing to single providers
  • Federal VA Housing, or USVA Supported Housing (VASH): Provides section 8 vouchers to chronically homeless veterans with substance abuse and/or mental health issues.
  • Local Housing: Find state-aided public housing through the local housing authority. Contact your local VSO for help.
Additional resources including Education Benefits, Motor Vehicle, along with Employment and Training.

Education Benefits

  • Tuition and/or fee waivers are available to veterans and members of the Massachusetts National Guard at all state schools, colleges and universities. Contact the Veterans’ Representative at the state college/university for eligibility requirements and to apply.

Motor Vehicle

Employment and Training

Additional Resources

Date published: November 28, 2022
Last updated: November 28, 2022

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