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Summary of Massachusetts Military and Veteran Benefit: Massachusetts offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including a State Bonus Program, State Annuities, State Employment Hiring Preference for Veterans, Prisoners of War, and National Guard Members, Property Tax Exemptions, State Employment Preferences, Education and Tuition Assistance, Vehicle Tags, as well as Hunting and Fishing License privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.


State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility


 State Taxes

Massachusetts State Tax Benefits for those in a Combat Zone : Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) follows the federal rules for granting an extension of time to file income tax returns and to pay taxes due for those serving in a combat zone, or who are hospitalized as a result of such service, during the period designated as the period of combatant activities. This extension applies to members of the Armed Forces, as well as individuals serving in support of the Armed Forces, serving in a combat zone. The extension period is for the time of service in the combat zone area or hospitalization attributable to such service plus 180 days. The extension of time to file returns also applies to Spouses of personnel serving in combat areas if a joint return is filed.

Certain combat pay of military personnel serving in a combat zone is excluded from federal gross income and therefore is not subject to federal income tax. Massachusetts income tax law incorporates the provisions of the Federal Tax Code, so that combat pay will be excluded from Massachusetts income to the extent that it is excluded from federal income.

More information can be found at the Massachusetts Department of Revenue webpage .

Learn more about Massachusetts State Tax Benefits for those in a Combat Zone

Retired Military Pay Massachusetts State Tax Benefit: Retired Military pay is not taxed in Massachusetts.

Retired Military Pay Massachusetts State Tax Benefit

Military Disability Retired Pay Excluded from Massachusetts Gross Income: In Massachusetts, U.S. military pensions, which are included in Federal gross income, are excluded from state gross income.

Learn more about Military Disability Retired Pay Excluded from Massachusetts Gross Income

Massachusetts State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.

Learn more about Massachusetts State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Massachusetts State Tax Benefits: Survivor Benefit Program pensions which are paid to a Surviving Spouse are not taxed.

Learn more about Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Massachusetts State Tax Benefits

Massachusetts Property Tax Exemption for Veterans, Spouses, Surviving Spouses and Gold Star Parents: All Veterans, Veterans Spouses, Surviving Spouse and Gold Star Parents may be eligible for a range of property tax exemptions. To apply the Veteran or Family member should contact the assessor's office in their community, or:

Department of Revenue
Division of Local Services Bureau of Municipal Finance Laws
100 Cambridge Street (no walk-in service)
Boston, MA 02210

The application must be made annually.
Who is eligible for Massachusetts Property Tax Exemption for Veterans, Spouses, Surviving Spouses and Gold Star Parents?
To qualify, Veterans (and Family members where applicable) must:

  • Be at least 10% disabled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Be legal residents of Massachusetts

  • Be occupying the property as his/her domicile on July 1 in the year of application

  • Have lived in Massachusetts for at least six months prior to entering the service (Spouses exempted) OR

  • Have lived in Massachusetts for five consecutive years immediately prior to filing for a property tax exemption.

$400.00 tax exemption for the following (M.G.L. ch. 59, s.5, clause 22):

  • 10% (or more) service-connected disabled Veteran;

  • Purple Heart recipient;

  • Gold Star mothers and fathers;

  • Spouse of Veteran entitled under this clause;

  • Surviving Spouses who do not remarry.

$750.00 if the Veteran has (M.G.L. ch. 59, s.5, clause 22A):

  • Lost use of one hand above the wrist, or one foot above the ankle, or one eye.

  • A Medal of Honor recipient

  • A Distinguished Service Cross

  • A Navy Cross or an Air Force Cross

$1,250.00 if the Veteran has (M.G.L. ch. 59, s.5, clause 22B):

  • Lost use of both hands or both feet

  • Lost use of one hand and one foot

  • Lost use of both eyes (blind)

$1,000.00 if the Veteran is rated 100% disabled by the VA (M.G.L. ch. 59, s.5, clause 22E).

$1,500.00 if the Veteran is rated by the VA to be permanent and totally disabled, and has specially adapted housing (M.G.L. ch. 59, s.5, clause 22C).

Surviving Spouses (who do not remarry) of Soldiers, sailors, or members of the Guard whose death occurred as a proximate result of an injury sustained or disease contracted in a combat zone, or who are missing in action with a presumptive finding of death, as a result of combat as members of the Armed Forces of the United States. These people are eligible for total exemption on their property taxes (M.G.L. ch. 59, s.5, clause 22D).

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue, Division of Local Services prepared a comprehensive overview of Local Tax Benefits for Veterans and Service members in February 2009. The document is available in word and pdf formats below
Massachusetts Department of Revenue Property Tax Exemption/ Deferral Eligibility Basics word format
Massachusetts Department of Revenue Property Tax Exemption/ Deferral Eligibility Basics PDF format

*Under M.G.L. c. 59 s. 5 , clauses 22A, 22B, 22C, and 22E, Surviving Spouses of disabled Veterans who qualified for exemptions ranging from $750 to $1500 may now continue to receive the higher amount regardless of marital status.

To apply, contact the assessor’s office in your community, applications must be mad annually.

Learn more about Massachusetts Property Tax Exemption for Veterans, Spouses, Surviving Spouses and Gold Star Parents

Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Excise Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans and Former Prisoners of War: Motor vehicle excise tax exemption for disabled Veterans and ex-prisoners of war. M.G.L. ch. 60A, s.1
Eligibility:
Veterans as defined in section 7 of chapter 4 of the Massachusetts General Laws who by reason of service in the U.S. Armed Forces have suffered the loss of, or permanent loss of the use of, one or both feet or one or one or both arms or has permanent visual impairments as determined by the VA or has been determined by the medical advisory board within the Registry of Motor Vehicles to be permanently disabled is eligible for motor vehicle excise exemption (applicable only to one motor vehicle owned and registered for personal, non-commercial use).

The excise tax imposed shall not apply to a motor vehicle owned and registered by or leased to a former prisoner of war defined as any regularly appointed, enrolled, enlisted, or inducted member of the military forces of the United States who was captured, separated and incarcerated by an enemy of the United States during an armed conflict, or to a motor vehicle owned and registered by or leased to the Surviving Spouse of a deceased former prisoner of war, until such time as the Surviving Spouse remarries or fails to renew the registration
*For ex-prisoners of war, and their Surviving Spouse, the law allowing the exemption for the motor vehicle excise must be accepted by the city or town to be applicable.

Learn more about Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Excise Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans and Former Prisoners of War

Massachusetts Vehicle Sales Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans: Disabled Veterans are eligible for a motor vehicle sales tax exemption (applicable only to one motor vehicle owned and registered for personal, non-commercial use). M.G.L. ch.64H, s.6 (u)
Who is eligible for Massachusetts Vehicle Sales Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans?
Disabled Veterans who by reason of service in the United States Armed Forces have suffered the loss of, or permanent loss of the use of, both legs or both arms or one leg and one arm or the Veteran has been determined to be permanently disabled by the medical advisory board established under section 8C of chapter 90 and has been issued a disabled Veteran number plate under section 2 of chapter 90.

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What are my Massachusetts Military and Veteran Education Benefits ?

Massachusetts Tuition and Fee Waivers for Guard Members: The Massachusetts National Guard Education Assistance Program provides a 100% tuition and fee waiver for Massachusetts National Guard Service members attending a state college, university, or community college program. Generally, these state-supported programs are offered during the day as part of a degree program. Your assistance can continue as long as you are in good standing academically and until you have reached 130 semester hours. M.G.L. Ch. 33, s.137

Contact the Massachusetts state college or university Veterans' Representative at the state college or university you wish to attend for details. The Massachusetts Office of Veterans' Education can also provide assistance.

Office of Veterans' Education
Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
1 Ashburton Place, Room 1401
Boston, MA 02108-1696
617-994-6914
veted@bhe.mass.edu
http://www.mass.edu/veterans/

Learn more about Massachusetts Tuition and Fee Waivers for Guard Members

UMass Boston and Suffolk University Veterans Upward Bound Program: The UMass Boston Veterans Upward Bound Program and the Suffolk University Veterans Upward Bound Program provide a unique opportunity for Veterans of all ages to gain access to information about college and career awareness, acquire the academic skills required for entry into higher education and/or to acquire the equivalent of a high school diploma.

Eligible Veterans may choose to attend academic refresher classes in writing, reading, foreign language, study skills, math, basic science and computer skills in Veteran's only classrooms. Additionally, services are offered continuously with various workshops, self-paced computer tutorials, individualized tutoring and mentoring. All VUB classes and supplies are FREE of charge to qualified Veterans. VUB also has satellite programs located at: Brockton VA campus, and the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center - Haverhill; with summer workshops held at Bunker Hill Community College, Massasoit Community College, Northern Essex Community College and Cape Cod Community College.
Who is eligible for UMass Boston and Suffolk University Upward Bound Programs? In order to qualify, the Veteran:

  • Be U.S. citizen or permanent resident

  • Have served over 180 days of active military duty or have a service-connected disability. For reservists serving on or after September 11, 2001, shorter terms of service may provide eligibility

  • Have a military discharge other than dishonorable

  • Have academic need

And, applicants must qualify in one of the following two ways:

  • They must be a potential first-generation college graduate (their primary caregiver had not graduated from a four-year higher education institution before the applicant turned 18), OR

  • They must meet income guidelines for the program. These are based on federal taxable income and Family size.

Please contact the respective school for detailed guidelines:

Suffolk University:
Veterans Upward Bound Suffolk University
73 Tremont, Suite 7025
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617-725-4100
Fax: 617-994-6864
Email: vub@suffolk.edu

UMass Boston:
Veterans Upward Bound UMass Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard
McCormack Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 704
Boston, MA 02125
Phone: 617-287-5870
Fax: 617-287-3073
Email: veteransupwardbound@umb.edu

Learn more about UMass Boston and Suffolk University Veterans Upward Bound Program

Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund (MSLF): The Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund is a charitable trust that seeks to honor Massachusetts Fallen Service members, who died while supporting military operations post 9/11, by providing educational assistance grants to their Children. The MSLF is designed to grant funds for current and future college/university students whose parent's "home of record" at the Department of Defense was Massachusetts and were killed on deployment during Operations Enduring or Iraqi Freedom.
Who is eligible for the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund (MSLF)
Children qualify if their parent in the military died supporting the global war on terrorism and whose death was credited to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, there is no selection process. If the student is a Child of a Service member whose service is credited to Massachusetts and gave his/her life in Operation Enduring or Iraqi Freedom, that student qualifies for funds. Prior to each school year, the trustees will distribute equal grant shares to those students who qualify. The only requirement for recipients will be that they have filed applications establishing that they are qualified, and that they remain enrolled in the undergraduate or postgraduate program at the college or university.

Learn more about the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund (MSLF)

Massachusetts Operation Recognition-Diploma Program for Wartime Veterans: Allows high schools to award diplomas to World War II, Korean, and Vietnam Veterans who left school for good upon being drafted or enlisting in the military. Contact your Massachusetts local Veterans' Service Officer (VSO) for details on how to apply. M.G.L. Ch. 71, s. 4

Learn more about Massachusetts Operation Recognition-Diploma Program for Wartime Veterans

Massachusetts Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

  • Facilitating the timely enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements.

  • Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment.

  • Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities.

  • Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families.

  • Providing for the promulgation and enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact.

  • Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact.

  • Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children.

  • Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student.

Primary Point of Contact:
RADM J. Clark Orazelli USN (Ret), Massachusetts Commissioner
Address: 23 Pearl Rd, Nahant, MA 01908
Email: corazelli@gmail.com
Phone: 206-459-3222

Secondary Point of Contact
Christine Cowan, Military Family Education Liaison
Email: ccowen@doe.mass.edu
Phone: 781.338.6301

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What are my Massachusetts Military and Veteran Employment Benefits?

Massachusetts State Employment Hiring Preference for Veterans, Surviving Spouses and Gold Star Parents: Massachusetts Veterans receive Veterans' preference for open competitive civil service exams, receive extra points for promotional exams, and are placed at the top of the registry for labor service.

Veterans who apply for civil service jobs, for which there is no exam, and therefore no list, receive preference over non-Veterans. If there is more than one Veteran, it is up to the appointing authority to make the choice between or among them. If an authority wants to by-pass this law, it has to get the Human Resource Division's (HRD) approval. HRD's civil service unit also maintains lists of state agencies with vacancies and will notify interested Veterans of openings.

Open Competitive Exams : Civil service uses a system of absolute Veteran’s preference in which someone qualifying as a Veteran who receives 70 points or above on an open competitive exam (including police and firefighter) is immediately placed at the head of the eligibility list. This does not mean that the Veteran automatically gets the job. S/he is just placed at the head of the list and hired when there is a vacancy.

Promotional Exams : All types of Veterans have two points added to their scores. They are not placed at the head of the list.

Labor Service : There is no exam required for labor service positions. Veterans, whether disabled or not, are placed at the top of the eligibility list. Spouses and single parents of Veterans are placed below Veterans but above all other applicants.

Public Service : Members of the Guard or Reserve who are called to active service and who have taken a civil service test, passed, and are on a current certified list are eligible for protection on their civil service original appointment exams. They must make a request in writing up to one year following their discharge to be continued on or restored to such list for a period of time equal to the time of military service. If a person is on more than one list he/she must request this protection separately for each list.
Who is eligible for Massachusetts State Employment Hiring Preference for Veterans, Surviving Spouses and Gold Star Parents? All Veterans as defined by M.G.L. c. 4, s. 7, cl. 43 are eligible for Veterans' preference in civil service positions. Within the system of absolute Veteran’s preference, Veterans are ranked as follows:

  • Disabled Veterans have first preference over all other Veterans;

  • All other Veterans have second preference;

  • Spouses and single parents of Veterans who died in action or from service-connected wounds receive third preference.

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Massachusetts State Employment Veteran's Tenure: M.G.L. ch. 30, s.9A Veterans who hold state non-civil service positions for more than three years cannot be involuntarily separated for lack of work or money when similar offices or positions exist, unless such positions are held by Veterans, in which case separation shall occur in reverse order of their respective original appointments.

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Massachusetts State Employment Retirement-Pension Buy-back: M.G.L. ch. 32, s.4 (h) Veterans who are employed by state government and certain other governmental units are eligible to buy back up to four years of active service accrued at the rate of one year for every one year of active duty service or four years of active Reserve or National Guard service accrued at the rate of one year for every five years of active Reserve or Guard Service.

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Massachusetts State Public Works Employment Preference: Preference is given to qualified Veterans in public works construction by the state, a county, town, authority or district, or by a person contracting with or subcontracting for such work. Each county, town, district, contractor, or subcontractor therefore shall give preference to Veterans and service-connected disabled Veterans who live in their jurisdiction.

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Veteran's Hiring Preferences for Federal Employment: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans both in hiring into the Federal civil service and in retention during reduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.

5-point Hiring Preference : Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:

  • During a war; or
  • During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955; or

  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; or

  • During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992; or

  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or

  • In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference.

10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10 percent but less than 30 percent.

10-Point 30 Percent Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of :

  • A Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the Department of Veterans Affairs but does not qualify as a CP or CPS; or

  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart

10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Surviving Spouses or Mothers of Veterans as described below. This type of preference is usually referred to as "derived preference" because it is based on service of a Veteran who is not able to use the preference. Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference on the basis of the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.

Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a Federal position along the general lines of his or her usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and

  • Is rated by appropriate military or Department of Veterans Affairs authorities to be 100 percent disabled and/or unemployable; or

  • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position on the basis of a disability that is service-connected in origin; or

  • Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of his or her usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability.

Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.

A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

Learn more about Veteran's Hiring Preferences for Federal Employment

Massachusetts Public or Private Sector Employment/ Reemployment Protections For Reserve/ Guard and Active Duty Military: Under state law ( M.G.L. c. 33 s. 13 ), Members of the Armed Forces of the commonwealth, including the state defense force or similar organization composed as permitted by law, the state staff or the Armed Forces of another state or territory who are employed within the commonwealth and ordered to active duty under this chapter, the appropriate authority of another state or territory or Title 32 of the United States Code shall be entitled to all rights, protections, privileges and immunities afforded under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), codified at 38 U.S.C. 4301 et seq.
Who is eligible for Massachusetts Public or Private Sector Employment/ Reemployment Protections For Reserve/ Guard and Active Duty Military : Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve Service members.

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Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act: Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) protect civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of Reserve components. USERRA also makes major improvements in protecting Service member rights and benefits by clarifying the law, improving enforcement mechanisms, and adding Federal Government employees to those employees already eligible to receive Department of Labor assistance in processing claims.

Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reemployment rights to five years (the previous law provided four years of active duty, plus an additional year if it was for the convenience of the Government). There are important exceptions to the five-year limit, including initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA clearly establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service as long as the basic eligibility criteria are met.

Disability Accommodation: USERRA provides protection for disabled Veterans, requiring employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate the disability. Service members convalescing from injuries received during service or training may have up to two years from the date of completion of service to return to their jobs or apply for reemployment.

Return to Work without Loss of Seniority: USERRA provides that returning service-members are reemployed in the job that they would have attained had they not been absent for military service (the long-standing "escalator" principle), with the same seniority, status and pay, as well as other rights and benefits determined by seniority. USERRA also requires that reasonable efforts (such as training or retraining) be made to enable returning Service members to refresh or upgrade their skills to help them qualify for reemployment. The law clearly provides for alternative reemployment positions if the Service member cannot qualify for the "escalator" position. USERRA also provides that while an individual is performing military service, he or she is deemed to be on a furlough or leave of absence and is entitled to the non-seniority rights accorded other individuals on non-military leaves of absence.

Extension of Health and Pension Plans: Health and pension plan coverage for Service members is provided for by USERRA. Individuals performing military duty of more than 30 days may elect to continue employer sponsored health care for up to 24 months; however, they may be required to pay up to 102 percent of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the Service member had remained employed. USERRA clarifies pension plan coverage by making explicit that all pension plans are protected.
Who is eligible for USERRA benefits?
Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard members who leave a position for training or active military service are eligible.

The Department of Labor, through the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS), provides assistance to all persons having claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations

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Military Leave for Massachusetts Civil Service Employees: Massachusetts National Guard and Reserve Service members who are state employees or county, city, or town employees whose elected authority has accepted this provision are entitled to:

  • National Guard members: Up to 34 paid days for any state fiscal year or 17 paid days for any federal fiscal year with the same leaves of absence or vacation given to others.

  • No member shall be required to use vacation or other time for training drills requiring release from his/her normal scheduled work hours. Such release from work shall not affect his/her leaves of absence or vacation with pay given to others.

  • Army Reserve members: Ready Reserve members employed in the public or private sector are protected from loss of their positions, including normal vacation, sick leave, bonuses, and advancements during the annual training so long as they do not exceed 17 days in any calendar year, give notice of return and departure, and with the discretion of the employer the leave may be with or without pay.

Who is eligible for Military Leave for Massachusetts Civil Service Employees? National Guard and Reserve Service members are eligible for Military Leave for Massachusetts Civil Service Employees

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Massachusetts State Active Duty Per Diem Compensation Rate: For duty performed by members of the Armed Forces of the commonwealth not serving in a federal duty status, there may be allowed and paid from funds appropriated for that purpose the same rate of pay of like grade as they would receive if they were on active duty status in the Armed Forces of the United States with less than 2 years’ service and such subsistence, travel or other allowances as the adjutant general may authorize.

They will be paid the same rate of base pay for length of service and allowances for housing and subsistence as if they were on active duty status in the Armed Forces of the United States; provided, however, that the compensation shall not be less than $100 per day.

The pay and allowances authorized in this section shall be reduced by any amounts received from the United States government as pay or allowances for military service performed during the same pay period.
Who is eligible for the Massachusetts State Active Duty Per Diem Compensation Rate? National Guard Service members while on state active duty.

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Massachusetts Compensation and Other Benefits to Employees of the Commonwealth Called to Active Military Service: The Commonwealth will make provisions for the payment of the difference between the military base pay and the state base pay, if the state base pay is higher for the same pay period .

The amended legislation defines military pay to exclude all allowances, such as housing, uniform, combat pay, Spousal allowance, etc. as well as overtime pay, shift differential pay, hazardous duty pay or any other additional compensation received for military service. This differs from Chapter 137 of the Acts of 2003 that defined military pay to include allowances and additional compensation.

The applicable state salary is based on base pay and will not include any additional compensation, such as overtime pay, shift differential, hazardous duty pay, or any other additional compensation. For those paid under the provisions of the Technical Pay Law (TPL), use the TPL salary as the basis for determining the state base pay. Similarly, those paid at salary collision rates should have their collision salary used as the basis for comparison. Holiday pay will also be presumed to be part of the state salary.

In addition, both the original and amended versions of the legislation provide that employees covered by this act shall not lose any seniority or any accrued vacation leave, sick leave, personal leave, compensation time or previously earned overtime.

The act applies to all employees called to active service, other than training, after September 11, 2001, regardless of whether or not they are still on active duty as of the enactment of the legislation. Massachusetts Military Pay Act and Military Leave FAQs
Military Pay Act Extension 2014-2019

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What are my Massachusetts Military and Veteran Unemployment Compensation Benefits?

Massachusetts Unemployment Insurance: Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) administers the Unemployment Insurance program, providing temporary assistance to unemployed Massachusetts workers. Unemployment insurance (UI) is a temporary income protection program for workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own and who are able to work, available for work and looking for employment. Funding for UI benefits comes from quarterly contributions paid by the state's employers; no deductions are made from workers' salaries.

You will be asked the following information when filing your claim:

  • Your Social Security Number

  • If you are not a citizen of the United States, your alien registration number

  • Your residential address

  • Your mailing address

  • Your telephone number

  • Your birth date

  • Your employment history (most recent 15 months)which includes:

    • The names of all your employers

    • Employer addresses

    • Employer phone numbers

    • Reasons for separation from your employers

    • Employment start and end dates

    • Recall dates (if you were laid off but have a set date to return to work)

  • The social security numbers and dates of birth for your dependents

  • Your union name and local number (if you are a member of a union)

  • If you were in the Military, you will need information from your DD-214 Member 4 (not mandatory to apply)

  • If you were a Federal Employee, you will need information from your SF8 (not mandatory to apply)

  • Your email address (optional)

  • If you want to use direct deposit you will need your bank account number and bank routing number.

If You Are Not a United States Citizen you must provide verification that you were legally eligible to work in Massachusetts and that you are currently eligible to begin a new job. Please be prepared with this verification.

For instructions on how to access and use the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance UI Online system and to login as a claimant please visit the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance Online Portal .

To file a new claim or reopen a claim by phone call 617-626-6800 , the TeleClaim Center hours are 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday–Friday.
Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance Brochure

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Massachusetts Department of Career Services Veterans’ Programs and Services: The Veterans Employment & Training Services (VETS) program is provided with grant funding from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The grant allows the Massachusetts Department of Career Services (DCS) to provide Disabled Veteran's Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists and Veteran Employment Representatives (VERs) at Massachusetts Department of Career Services, Career Centers across the state.

The purpose of the VETS grant is to ensure the provision of a full range of employment and training services to Veterans. Since Veterans are given priority of service status under the law, it is particularly important for VERs and DVOPs to be connected with all Veterans coming into the Career Centers. In addition, VERs and DVOPs maintain up-to-date information about all the programs and services available to assist Veterans at the federal, state, and local level.

Massachusetts Disabled Veteran Outreach Program (DVOP) : Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program Specialists (DVOPs) develop job and training opportunities for Veterans, with special emphasis on Veterans with service-connected disabilities.

DVOP Specialists provide direct services to Veterans to help them to compete in the labor market. They provide outreach and offer assistance to disabled and other Veterans by promoting community and employer support for employment and training opportunities, including apprenticeship and on-the-job training.

DVOP Specialists work with employers, Veterans' organizations, the U. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U. S. Department of Defense, and community-based organizations to link Veterans with appropriate jobs and training opportunities.

DVOP Specialists serve as case managers for Veterans enrolled in federally-funded job training programs such as the Department of Veterans Affairs' Vocational Rehabilitation program, and other Veterans with serious disadvantages in the job market. DVOPs are available to those Veterans and their employers to help ensure that necessary follow up services are provided to promote job retention.

DVOP Specialists may also be stationed at regional offices and medical or Veterans' outreach centers of the Department of Veterans Affairs, state or county Veterans' service offices, community-based organizations, and military installations.

Massachusetts Veteran Employment Representative (VER) : Veterans' Employment Representatives (VERs) are state employees located in the state's One-Stop Career Centers. Their job is to provide job search services to Veterans by:

  • Supervising the provision of all services to Veterans including counseling, testing, and identifying training and employment opportunities;

  • Monitoring job listings from federal contractors to see that eligible Veterans get priority in referrals to these jobs;

  • Promoting and monitoring the participation of Veterans in federally-funded employment and training programs;

  • Cooperating with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to identify and aid Veterans who need work-specific prosthetic devices, sensory aids or other special equipment to improve their employability; and

  • Contacting community leaders, employers, unions, training programs and Veterans' service organizations to be sure eligible Veterans get the services to which they are entitled.

For more information, please contact the Massachusetts Department of Career Services at 617-626-5300.
Massachusetts Department of Career Services, Career Centers
Massachusetts Veteran Employment Representative and DVOP Specialist Locations

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Veterans and Surviving Spouses Receive Priority of Service for Massachusetts Department of Career Services Programs: US Military Veterans and covered persons receive Priority of Service over all non-covered person in all employment, training, and placement services in any workforce preparation program funded by the Department of Labor
Who is eligible to Receive Priority of Service for Massachusetts Department of Career Services Programs? Veterans, the Spouse of a Veteran who died of a service connected disability, has a total service connected disability, missing in action or prisoner of war receives access to services or resources provided by the US Department of Labor earlier in time than non-covered persons.

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What are my Massachusetts Military and Veteran Department of Transportation Benefits?

'Veteran' designation on Massachusetts Drivers' License & State Identification Cards: All Massachusetts residents who are Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and were honorably discharged can choose to have a Veteran's Indicator on their Driver's License , Learner's Permit , Massachusetts ID card, or Liquor ID card. If they choose this, the word "Veteran" will be printed on the lower right corner of their license or ID card, or in the bottom center of their learner's permit. There is no additional fee for the Veteran's Indicator, but all regular transaction fees will apply.
Who is eligible for 'Veteran' designation on Massachusetts Drivers' License & State Identification Cards: All Massachusetts residents who are Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and were honorably discharged are eligible. One of the following documents (typed, not handwritten) must be presented to a full service Registry of Motor Vehicles Office as proof of honorable discharge:

  • A DD-214 that indicates honorable discharge

  • A DD-215 that indicates honorable discharge

  • An Honorable Discharge form

There is a question on the Class D, M, or DM License and ID Card Application and the CDL Application asking if the customer is a Veteran and if he/she would like the Veteran's Indicator. A customer who wants the Veteran's Indicator on his/her Driver's License, Massachusetts ID card, or Liquor ID card must answer "yes" to this question when applying for, renewing, or ordering a duplicate license or ID card.
Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles Locations

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Massachusetts Veteran and Military License Plates: The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles offers 18 distinctive license plates for Service members, Veterans and Retirees. They also offer Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, Branch of Service and War Time decals that can be affixed to the Veterans Flag passenger car and motorcycle license plates. A short description of some of these plates can be found below.
Who is eligible for Massachusetts Veteran and Military License Plates: Veterans' plates are issued to Veterans who served:

  • 180 days of regular active duty service (enlisted or drafted service) and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions (does not include training), or

  • 90 days of active duty service (Reservists or National Guard), one day of which is during "wartime" and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions (does not include training)

Veterans are eligible for one (1) set of plates for each vehicle registered in his or her name.

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Procedure to Obtain Veterans' Plates: You must present one of the following documents to a full service RMV office or branch to verify your Veteran status:

  • Honorable Discharge or DD Form 214 Release from Active Duty;

  • In addition to the verification listed above, you will need a copy of your current registration (if applicable), a signed and stamped Application for Registration & Title (RMV-1 Form) from your insurance agent (if a newly purchased vehicle), or a signed and stamped Application to Swap Plates (RMV-3 Form) from your insurance agent (if acquiring Veterans' plates on an existing registration), and the appropriate fee.

Fees: (subject to change)

  • Initial Registration Fee: $60.00, Motor Cycle: $20.00;

  • Special Plate Fee: $40.00, Motor Cycle: $20.00;

  • Renewal Fee: $100.00 every 2 years, Motor Cycle: $40.00 (must be renewed every year).

Renewal Cycle: Passenger plates must be renewed every two (2) years. Motorcycle plates must be renewed every year. Proceeds from the special plate fee for this plate go to the Chelsea and Holyoke Soldier's Homes.

Mail the completed Application for Veterans' Plates and verification listed above to:

Registry of Motor Vehicles
Attn: Special Plates
P.O. Box 55895
Boston, MA 02205-5895
Tel: 857-368-8031

Purple Heart License Plate: One set of Purple Heart license plates, for each Purple Heart medal received, may be issued (without charge) to those Veterans who have been awarded the Purple Heart medal. A Purple Heart medal recipient must prove that s/he has been awarded a Purple Heart in order to receive these plates. This plate is also available for motorcycles. There is no fee for the issuance or renewal of these plates.

A Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles Application for Awarded Medal Veterans' Plates must be completed in addition to either:

  • A copy of your current registration (if applicable); or

  • a signed and stamped Application for Registration & Title (RMV-1 Form) from your insurance agent (if a newly purchased vehicle); or

  • A signed and stamped Application to Swap Plates (RMV-3 Form) from your insurance agent (if acquiring Veterans' plates on an existing registration).

Medal of Honor Plate: One set of Medal of Honor plates (without charge) are issued to Veterans who have received a Medal of Honor. These plates must be renewed every year. There is no fee for the issuance or renewal of these plates.

A Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles Application for Awarded Medal Veterans' Plates must be completed in addition to either:

  • A copy of your current registration (if applicable); or

  • a signed and stamped Application for Registration & Title (RMV-1 Form) from your insurance agent (if a newly purchased vehicle); or

  • A signed and stamped Application to Swap Plates (RMV-3 Form) from your insurance agent (if acquiring Veterans' plates on an existing registration.

Disabled Veteran License Plate: One set of Disabled Veterans' plates with handicap symbol (without charge) is issued to Veterans who:

  • Have a vehicle registered in their name,

  • Meet Medical Affairs guideline*, and

  • Provide the DV Plate letter from the Veteran's Administration that list impairments which otherwise qualify for disabled parking and total at least 60% service connected rating.

  • To obtain Disabled Veterans' plates, the applicant must be a Massachusetts resident.

*In addition, a Massachusetts-registered and licensed physician, chiropractor, or nurse practitioner must certify that the applicant meets one of the following conditions:

  • Cannot walk 200 feet without stopping to rest.

  • Cannot walk without the assistance of another person, prosthetic aid, or other assistive device.

  • Is restricted by lung disease to the degree that the respiratory forced expiratory volume (FEV) in one second is less than 1 liter (when measured by spirometry).

  • Uses portable oxygen.

  • Has a Class III or IV cardiac condition according to American Heart Association guidelines. An applicant with a Class IV condition must surrender his/her license.

  • Has Class III or Class IV functional arthritis according to American College of Rheumatology standards.

  • Has been declared legally blind (copy of certification must be attached). An applicant in this classification must surrender his/her license.

  • Has lost one or more limbs or permanently lost the use of one or more limbs.

Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles Application for Disabled Parking Placard/Plate

These plates must be renewed every two years.

The completed application, along with a photocopy of supporting documentation, and/or a DV Plate letter from the Veterans' Administration stating a disability rating of at least 60% should be mailed to:

Registry of Motor Vehicles
ATTN: Medical Affairs
PO Box 55889
Boston, MA 02205-5889

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MassDOT Disabled Veteran Fee and Tax Exemptions : Disabled Veterans approved for a Disabled Veteran (DV) plate by the RMV's Medical Affairs Branch are exempt from paying the following fees/taxes:

  • Registration Fee (per M.G.L. Chapter 90, Section 33(29))- Disabled Veterans do not need to pay a registration fee for one passenger vehicle or pick-up truck. It must be owned by the Veteran and used for non-commercial purposes. The Veteran can choose either one set of DV plates or one set of passenger plates. If the Veteran chooses passenger plates with an additional special plate fee (special, vanity, or reserved plates), the special plate fee must be paid. If the Veteran owns additional vehicles, registration fees must be paid for those vehicles;

  • Driver License Fee (per M.G.L. Chapter 90, Section 33(29)) Disabled Veterans do not need to pay fees for driver's license transactions. It does not matter if the Veteran has obtained DV plates, but he/she must be approved for them;

  • Excise Tax (per M.G.L. Chapter 60A, Section 1) Disabled Veterans do not need to pay excise tax for one passenger vehicle or pick-up truck. It must be owned by the Veteran and used for non-commercial purposes. It does not matter if the Veteran has obtained DV plates, but he/she must be approved for them. Application for the excise tax exemption must be made to the board of assessors of the city or town where the vehicle is registered. If the Veteran owns additional vehicles, excise tax must be paid for those vehicles;

  • Sales Tax (per M.G.L. Chapter 64H, Section 6) Disabled Veterans do not need to pay sales tax for one passenger vehicle or pick-up truck. It must be owned by the Veteran and used for non-commercial purposes. To be eligible, the Veteran MUST obtain DV plates for the vehicle. If the Veteran purchases additional vehicles, sales tax must be paid for those vehicles.

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Massachusetts Registration Rules for Military Members: If you are serving on extended active duty in the military, the following cases generally apply:

  • If your vehicle was purchased, titled, and registered in your home state, you may retain your home state registration indefinitely, regardless of where you are stationed in the country. The only requirement is that you carry insurance at least equal to Massachusetts minimum levels.

  • If your vehicle was purchased, titled, and registered in a state other than your home state, you will need to register the vehicle in each state you are assigned to. If you are not a Massachusetts resident and your vehicle falls into this category, you may drive the vehicle with the existing out-of-state registration for 30 days only. You must register and title the vehicle in Massachusetts before the 30-day period has expired.

  • If you are returning from service abroad and your vehicle bears plates issued by the Armed Forces, you may drive the vehicle for up to 30 days for the purpose of traveling to military duty or to your place of residence.

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Massachusetts Driver’s Licensing Requirements for Military Personnel and Dependents: If you are active military, you are not required to renew your Massachusetts driver's license during your active military service. However, your Spouse and/or dependent is required to do so.

The RMV will issue special non-photo driver's licenses for active members of the military who are stationed outside of Massachusetts and their Spouses/dependents.

You can request a non-photograph driver's license renewal by mail. In this case, you must:

Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicle Schedule of Fees

Registry of Motor Vehicles
The Driver Licensing Department
P.O. Box 55889,
Boston, MA 02205-5889

Your driver's license cannot be renewed more than 1 year in advance of the expiration date. The non-photograph driver's license will be mailed to you as long as you are located outside of Massachusetts.

An active member of the military, or their Spouse or dependent, who is temporarily out of Massachusetts and cannot return home before their driver's license expires can request the RMV to issue a temporary driver's license which is valid for up to 120 days after the expiration date of the original driver's license. This extension can only be granted once. The temporary license is subject to vehicle class type requirements, endorsements, and restrictions. The temporary license will only be mailed to an out-of-state address. In addition, the RMV will not issue a temporary license if the driver's license is in non-renew status.

Upon returning to Massachusetts after your honorable discharge from active duty, you have 60 days to renew your expired Massachusetts driver's license. If you have a driver's license issued by the Armed Forces based in another country, you may operate a motor vehicle in Massachusetts for up to 45 days. This policy is applicable only to military personnel; it does not apply to their Spouses or dependents.

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Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles CDL Military Skills Test Waiver Policy: The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles accepts Commercial Driver License (CDL) skills test waiver request forms from CDL applicants with military Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) experience. Drivers who meet the requirements outlined in 49 CFR 383.77 may be eligible for the skills test waiver.

In order to apply for a waiver an applicant and his/her commanding officer must complete the Application for Military Skills Test Waiver form and submit documentation of military driver training and experience (e.g. DA Form 348).

The waiver is limited only to the skills test portion of the CDL application process. Knowledge exams cannot be waived. Applicants are required to take and pass the CDL general knowledge exam and the knowledge exam(s) for any endorsement they require. The skills test will not be waived for school bus endorsements.

The waiver will only be considered if the applicant meets the following criteria:

  • During the two-year period immediately prior to applying for a CDL, he/she:

    • Has not had more than one license (except for a military license);

    • Has not had any license suspended, revoked, or cancelled;

    • Has not had any convictions for any type of motor vehicle for the disqualifying offenses contained in 49 CFR 383.51(b);

    • Has not had more than one conviction for any type of motor vehicle for serious traffic violations contained in 49 CFR 383.51(c); and

    • Has not had had any conviction for a violation of military, State or local law relating to motor vehicle traffic control (other than a parking violation) arising in connection with any traffic accident, and has no record of an accident in which he/she was at fault; and

  • Is regularly employed or was regularly employed within the last one year in a military position requiring operation of a CMV; and

  • Was exempted from the CDL requirements in 49 CFR 383.3(c); and

  • Was operating a vehicle representative of the CMV the driver applicant operates or expects to operate, for at least the 2 years immediately preceding discharge from the military.

The Application for Military Skills Test Waiver form and proof of military driver training and experience can be either mailed or faxed to the Driver Licensing Department of the Registry of Motor Vehicles for review.

Mail forms to:
MassDOT, RMV Division
Driver Licensing
PO Box 55889
Boston, MA 02205

Fax forms to:
857-368-0820

Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles Application for Military Skills Test Waiver

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What are my Massachusetts Military and Veteran Health and Insurance Benefits?

Compensation for Massachusetts National Guard Service Members for Injury, Illness, or Disability While on State Active Duty: If a Service member receives an injury, is disabled or contracts a sickness or disease that incapacitates the person from pursuing the person's usual business or occupation shall, during the period of incapacity, receive compensation to be fixed by a board to inquire into the claim and actual and necessary expenses for medical services and care, medicines and hospitalization or replacement or repair of eyeglasses, dentures or prosthetic devices worn or carried.
Eligibility:
National Guard for line-of-duty on State Active Duty.

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides valuable life insurance benefits to Veterans, Active and Reserve Component Service members and their Families to provide financial security given the extraordinary risks involved in military Service. The State of Massachusetts will pay one half of National Guard Service member's monthly SGLI premiums. The VA provides the following life insurance benefit programs:

  • Service Member's Group Life Insurance ( SGLI )

  • Veterans Group Life Insurance ( VGLI )

  • Family Members Group Life Insurance FSGLI )

  • Service Members Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Projection ( TSGLI )

  • Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance ( S-DVI )

  • Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance ( VMLI )

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance

TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (Reserve and National Guard) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:

  • Not on active duty orders

  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program

  • Not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program or currently covered under FEHB, either under their own eligibility or through a Family member.

The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when you're not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

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Compensation for Massachusetts National Guard Service Members Killed While on Active Duty: If the death of a member of the Massachusetts national guard results from injury, sickness or disease received while in the line of duty pursuant to orders under titles 10 and 32 of the United States Code or this chapter and the injury, sickness or disease resulting in the death was not the result of the decedent's fault or neglect, a single payment of $100,000 shall be paid to the Surviving Spouse. If there is no Surviving Spouse, the amount shall be paid to the Children of the decedent in equal shares. If there is no Surviving Spouse and no Children, the surviving mother and father of the decedent, if the father and mother were dependent on the decedent for support at the time of the decedent's death, shall each receive $50,000. If only 1 parent was dependent on the decedent for support at the time of the decedent's death, the parent shall receive $100,000.

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What are my Massachusetts Military and Veterans Parks and Recreation Benefits ?

Massachusetts Resident Hunting/Fishing Licenses for Non-Resident Military Personnel: Non-resident military personnel stationed in Massachusetts may apply for and receive hunting and fishing licenses at the resident rate. Massachusetts Hunting and Freshwater Fishing License Fees

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Massachusetts Free Fishing or Hunting License for Disabled Persons: Disabled Massachusetts residents (blind, paraplegic) may qualify for a free MA freshwater fishing license. Disabled Massachusetts residents (paraplegic) may qualify for a free MA hunting license.

Note: If this is your first time applying for a MA resident disabled fishing license, you'll have to submit your application and a letter from your physician directly to the Boston office of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife.
Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Free license Application Form for Blind, Intellectually Disabled or Paraplegic Persons

Who is eligible for Massachusetts Free Fishing or Hunting License for Disabled Persons: To qualify for the free Massachusetts hunting or fishing license on account of a disability:

  • you must be a resident citizen of the US;

  • You must have been a legal resident in Massachusetts for at least 6 consecutive months immediately before applying; and

  • You must submit proper medical proof of disability along with your license application.

Blind : (Fishing License) Sightless or having less than 1/10 of normal vision in the more efficient eye when refractive defects are fully corrected by lenses.

Paraplegic : (Fishing/Hunting license) Total paralysis of the lower half of the body, or a condition that prevents any use of the lower limbs.

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Massachusetts Free State Park Parking for Disabled Veterans and Purple Heart Recipients: Day use parking fees are waived for vehicles bearing a disabled Veterans' license plate or Purple Heart Recipient License plate from any state. This waiver does not apply to camping fees and is subject to available parking. The ParksPass is not valid at the following locations – Quabbin Reservoir Boat Launch Areas, Squantum Point, North Point or Draw Seven Commuter lots.

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What are my Massachusetts Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

Massachusetts State Veteran Annuities: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and its Department of Veterans' Services are pleased to provide an annuity in the amount of $2,000 which is payable biannually on August 1st and February 1st in two installments of $1,000 each. Please be aware that NEW applications for an August payment must be received and approved by DVS June 30th in any given year. NEW Applications for a February payment must be received and approved by DVS by December 31st in any given year .
Who is eligible for Massachusetts State Veteran Annuities? This annuity is given in recognition of the service of our distinguished 100% service-connected disabled Veterans and to the parents of distinguished Veterans (Gold Star Parents) and the un-remarried Spouses (Gold Star Wives or Husbands) of distinguished Veterans who gave their lives in the service of their country during wartime. Eligible applicants should meet the following criteria:

Veteran:

  • Meets one of the service time require­­ments set forth in 108 CMR 3.03 ;

  • Has received any discharge from military service other than a dishonorable discharge.

  • Is a resident of Massachusetts at the time of applying for the annuity and continues to be a resident of the Commonwealth as per M.G.L. ch. 115, s.6A .

  • Meets the requirements for blindness, paraplegia, double amputation or other disability set forth in M.G.L. ch. 115, s.6B and so certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Proof of service and disability shall be furnished to the Commissioner as per M.G.L. ch. 115, s.6C .

Parent or Spouse:

  • Death of Veteran must be service-connected.

  • Parent/ Spouse must reside in the Commonwealth and must continue to reside in Massachusetts from the date of application and while in receipt of the annuity payments.

  • Spouses must not be remarried.

There is a separate application form for each category of applicant:

To receive the annuity the applicant must complete the application, the IRS' W-9 Form, and the Electronic Funds Transfer sign-up sheet. Submit all annuity applications to:

Department of Veterans' Services
Attn: Annuities
600 Washington St, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02111

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Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services Veteran Bonuses: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts provides a bonus to Veterans who were domiciled in Massachusetts immediately prior to entry in the Armed Forces. In case of the death of a Veteran, the Spouse and Children, mother or father, brother or sister or other dependents of the deceased Veteran (in that order) are eligible for a bonus noted below. You may use the Massachusetts Veterans’ Bonus Inquiry webpage to determine if you or a Family member ever received a Massachusetts Wartime Bonus.

Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services, Vietnam Conflict Bonus : Vietnam Veterans were domiciled in Massachusetts immediately prior to entry in the Armed Forces and who performed six months active duty from July 1, 1958 and prior to May 17, 1975 are eligible for a bonus according to the following stipulations:

  • Those Veterans who served six months or more active duty are eligible for a $200 bonus.

  • Those Veterans who served on duty in Vietnam are eligible for a $300 bonus.

In case of the death of a Veteran, the Spouse and Children, mother or father, brother or sister or other dependents of the deceased Veteran (in that order) are eligible for a bonus.

Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services, Vietnam Conflict Bonus Application Form (PDF)

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Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services, Persian Gulf War Bonus: Persian Gulf Veterans who were domiciled in Massachusetts immediately prior to entry in the Armed Forces and performed thirty days or more during the period of August 2, 1990 to April 10, 1991 and whose service was under honorable conditions are eligible for a bonus according to the following stipulations:

  • Those Veterans who were called to active service in support of said war including as members of the Army National Guard or Air National Guard or as Reservists in the Armed Forces of the United States in an area other than the Persian Gulf area are eligible for a $300 bonus.

  • Those Veterans who performed active service in the Persian Gulf area (war zone or contiguous waters) and who are in receipt of the Southwest Asia Service Medal established by executive order of the President on March 13, 1991 are eligible for a $500 bonus.

In case of the death of a Veteran, the Spouse and Children, mother or father, brother or sister or other dependents of the deceased Veteran (in that order) are eligible for a bonus.

Applicants must submit all applicable forms below:

For more information, contact the Veterans' Bonus Division at the Department of Veterans' Services:

600 Washington St., 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
617-210-5927
www.mass.gov/veterans
Email: mdvs@vet.state.ma.us

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Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services, Korean War Bonus: Korean Veterans (service between June 25, 1950 - January 31, 1955) who were domiciled in Massachusetts immediately prior to entry in the Armed Forces are eligible for a bonus according to the following stipulations:

  • Those Veterans who performed ninety days stateside duty are eligible for a $100 bonus.

  • Those Veterans who performed six months or more duty are eligible for a $200 bonus.

  • Those Veterans who served one or more days outside of the continental limits of the United States or performed Foreign Service are eligible for a $300 bonus.

In case of the death of a Veteran, the Spouse and Children, mother or father, brother or sister or other dependents of the deceased Veteran (in that order) are eligible for a bonus.

Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services, Korean War Bonus Application Form (PDF)

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Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services, World War II Bonus : World War II Veterans (service between September 16, 1940 - June 25, 1947) who were domiciled in Massachusetts immediately prior to entry in the Armed Forces are eligible for a bonus according to the following stipulations:

  • Those Veterans who performed one day to six months active service are eligible for a $100 bonus.

  • Those Veterans who performed six months or more stateside service are eligible for a $200 bonus.

  • Those Veterans who performed Foreign Service are eligible for a $300 bonus.

In case of the death of a Veteran, the Spouse and Children, mother or father, brother or sister or other dependents of the deceased Veteran (in that order) are eligible for a bonus.

Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services, World War II Bonus Application Form (PDF)

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Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services, Welcome Home Bonus: The State Treasurer's Office, Veterans' Bonus Division, will administer the Welcome Home Bonus to Veterans of the Global War on Terrorism. You are eligible if you meet the following criteria: six months domicile in Massachusetts immediately prior to entry into the Armed Forces service, beginning September 11, 2001, and discharged under honorable conditions.

  • Service members who served active duty in Iraq or Afghanistan receive $1000.

  • Service members with six months or more active service, stateside or outside the continental limits of the United States, receive $500.

(Note: Active service shall not include active duty for training in the Army or Air National Guard, or active duty for training as a Reservist in the Armed Forces of the United States).

Next-of-kin of eligible Service members killed in action may receive the Welcome Home Bonus if the Veteran had not already received it.

Proof of residency must accompany the application. Some examples of proof of residency include:

  • Census documents
  • School diplomas or transcripts that show six months to one year domicile before enlistment/deployment

  • W-2 form

  • Vehicle excise tax bill

  • Notarized rental agreement

Next-of-kin must provide documentation establishing a connection to the deceased. Do not hesitate to contact the Treasurer's Office with questions or concerns about your application and accompanying documents at 617-367-9333, Ext. 859.

Individuals may receive such benefits each time s/he is deployed; provided, however, that an eligible resident shall receive the full bonus allowed upon return after his/her first deployment and 50 percent of the bonus after each subsequent deployment, provided that appropriated funding is available and the state treasurer certifies that the relevant account has sufficient funds to maintain such an initiative.

Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services, Welcome Home Bonus Application Form (PDF)

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Massachusetts State Benefits for Dependents of a Veteran: Under Chapter 115 of Massachusetts General Laws ( M.G.L. ch. 115 ), the Commonwealth provides a uniform program of financial and medical assistance for indigent Veterans and their dependents. Qualifying Veterans and their dependents receive necessary financial assistance for food, shelter, clothing, housing supplies, and medical care in accordance with a formula which takes into account the number of dependents and income from all sources. Eligible dependents of deceased Veterans are provided with the same benefits as they would were the Veteran still living.
Who is eligible for Massachusetts State Benefits for Dependents of a Veteran?
The following categories of persons may qualify as dependents eligible to receive Veterans' benefits:

  • Spouse of the Veteran.

  • Surviving Spouse of the Veteran.

  • Dependent parent of the Veteran.

  • Any person who acted as a parent to the Veteran for five years immediately preceding the commencement of the Veteran's wartime service.

  • Child of the Veteran until his or her 19th birthday.

  • Child of the Veteran between 19 years and 23 years of age while the Child is attending high school, an institution of higher learning or some other accredited educational institution provided that the applicant is in receipt of benefits under the provisions of M.G.L. c. 115.

  • Child of the Veteran 19 years of age or older who is mentally or physically unable to support himself or herself and was affected by the disability prior to his or her 18th birthday.

  • Legally adopted Children of the Veteran.

To Establish Relationship as a Veteran's Dependent:

  • Marriage certificate (for Spouse or Surviving Spouse of a Veteran).

  • Birth certificate or adoption record with name of eligible Veteran as parent (for Child of a Veteran).

  • Death certificate (for Surviving Spouse of a Veteran, Child of deceased Veteran).

  • Birth certificate of Veteran with name of parent (for parent of a Veteran).

  • Public record or statements from the Veteran or other knowledgeable people, showing that the applicant stood in place of a parent to the Veteran for five years immediately preceding the Veteran's wartime service (for person in place of a parent to a Veteran).

Applications for Chapter 115 Public Assistance benefits can be filed with the Veteran's local Massachusetts Veterans' Service Officer (VSO) who works out of your city or town hall. To find the appropriate VSO:

Learn more about Massachusetts State Benefits for Dependents of a Veteran

Massachusetts Women Veterans' Network: The Department of Veterans' Services in acknowledging that women Veterans have needs and concerns not experienced by the male population, created the Women Veterans' Network in 1997. Its purpose is to find women who served in the military, some of whom may not be aware that they are Veterans and eligible for benefits. The Network is the central resource for women Veterans in Massachusetts. Its mission is to:

  • Provide women Veterans with information on federal, state, and local benefits;

  • Expand awareness of the needs of women Veterans and identify available health and human resources to meet those needs;

  • Advocate on behalf of women Veterans in Massachusetts.

Database of Women Veterans: The Women Veterans' Network maintains a confidential database of women Veterans in Massachusetts. The database is used as a mailing list for the Network's biannual newsletter, which contains information on benefits, programs, and events for women Veterans.

To add your name to the Database of Women Veterans, at the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services, Women Veterans' Network Database signup page , call, fax, write, or email the Women Veterans' Network and request that your name be added. Information needed for addition:

  • full name;

  • mailing address;

  • Branch of service and years of service (optional).

Women Veterans' Network
600 Washington St., 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
617-210-5958
Fax: 617-210-5755
DVSWomen@vet.state.ma.us

Learn more about the Massachusetts Women Veteran’s Network

Massachusetts State-aided Public Housing for Veterans and their Families: Veterans applying for state-aided public housing through a local housing authority, who are to be displaced by any low-rent housing project or by a public slum clearance or urban renewal project or who were displaced within three years prior to applying for low-rent housing, when equally in need and eligible for occupancy as other applicants, shall be given preference in tenant selection in the following order:

  • Families of disabled Veterans whose disability has been determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to be service-connected;

  • Families of deceased Veterans whose death has been determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to be service-connected;

  • Families of all other Veterans;

  • The word "Veteran" shall also include the Spouse, Surviving Spouse, dependent parent or Child of a Veteran, and the divorced Spouse of a Veteran who is a legal guardian of a Child of a Veteran.

State-aided low-rent housing projects cannot deny continued occupancy to Veterans, Surviving Spouses of Veterans, or a Gold Star Mother who has lived there for the last eight consecutive years, provided that the unit is two bedrooms or less and the rent is not more than three months in arrears.

Learn more about Massachusetts State-aided Public Housing for Veterans and their Families

Massachusetts Statewide Advocacy for Veterans’ (SAVE Program): The fundamental principle of the SAVE program is to advocate for Veterans who are not able to obtain the benefits they have earned due to institutional or personal barriers. The program's primary mission is prevention of suicide and mental health distress through the identification of issues facing Veterans when they return from service and proactively providing them with access to benefits and services that may address these issues and result in positive transitions back to civilian life.

SAVE acts as a liaison between Veterans and their Families and the various agencies within the federal and state governments.

The SAVE team works closely, and in collaboration, with the Massachusetts National Guard. Resources offered by the Massachusetts National Guard and their Family Readiness Program are available to all Service members and their Families, regardless of the branch in which they serve.

Contact information:

Boston Office:
SAVE Team
Department of Veterans' Service
600 Washington St., 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
617-210-5743
Toll-free: 1-888-844-2838
fax: 617-210-5755
save@massmail.state.ma.us

Chelsea Office:
SAVE Team
Chelsea Soldiers' Home
91 Crest Avenue, Building D
Chelsea, MA 02150
617-210-5743

Holyoke Office:
SAVE Team
Holyoke Soldiers' Home
110 Cherry Street, Office 065
Holyoke, MA 01040
617-210-5743

Learn more about the Massachusetts Statewide Advocacy for Veterans’ (SAVE Program)

Massachusetts Soldiers’ Homes: There are two Soldiers' Homes in Massachusetts:

Chelsea Soldiers' Home : Established in 1882, the Soldiers' Home in Chelsea is a state-funded, fully accredited, multifaceted health care facility available to eligible Veterans of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Soldiers' Home is inspected annually by the Department of Veterans' Affairs and the Department of Public Health. The home features a dedicated Alzheimer's unit, as well as long-term and skilled nursing care.

The Soldiers' Home features its own library, dry cleaning, barber shops, an auditorium and recreation rooms, a dining room and canteen, and a dedicated pharmacy. Also available to residents are Catholic, Protestant and Jewish chaplains, counselor, recreational programs, regularly held beanos, coffee hours, and numerous outside trips. The safety and well-being of our residents is of paramount concern, as evidenced by our Campus Police Force, medical emergency alert system, and new fire alarm system. Residents can also fully utilize all of the many clinics at the Outpatient Department for their health care needs.

Services are available to Veterans at no charge. The Home accepts medical insurance plans and requires that all Veterans provide disclosure of their insurance coverage. If insurance does not cover the service, or if the Veteran has no insurance, there is never an out-of-pocket charge.

Chelsea Soldiers’ Home Admission Information

Holyoke Soldiers' Home : The Soldiers' Home in Holyoke is a state-funded, fully accredited health care facility that offers Veterans quality health care, including full-time residential accommodations, an on-site dental clinic, and a multi-service outpatient department. The Soldiers' Home in Holyoke operates a 247-bed long term nursing care facility with 24-hour licensed nursing staff. Primary care physicians are available for Veteran residents. The long term nursing care facility includes a comfort care unit for Veterans who are in need of palliative care or hospice and an enhanced care unit for Veterans required additional physical occupational and respiratory services. Residential services include recreational activities.

In addition to long-term care, the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke also maintains a 30-room domiciliary for Veterans who require minimal assistance with activities of daily living. Veterans in the domiciliary are offered medical services through our outpatient department, and a social worker is available for case management.

Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Admission Information

Who is Eligible for care at the Massachusetts Soldiers’ Homes? Qualified Veterans include those who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States for ninety (90) consecutive days, one of which was during a time of war; and those who received an honorable military discharge. In certain instances, a Veteran may have served one-hundred-eighty (180) days of regular, active service and also qualify for services from the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke. Please consult Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 4, Section 7, Clause 43 for more information on these instances.

Copies of your military separation papers (DD-214) must be presented to our admissions office in order to determine eligibility for services provided by the Soldiers' Homes.

Please note that under Massachusetts Law, Veterans cannot be admitted or treated in our Outpatient Department for:

  • Service-connected cases for service-connected disabilities;

  • Industrial accident cases; or

  • Automobile accident cases involving insurance and liability of another.

Learn more about the Massachusetts Soldiers' Homes

Massachusetts State Veteran Cemeteries: There are two state Veterans' cemeteries in Massachusetts ( Agawam and Winchendon ) where eligible Veterans can be buried at no cost. For eligible Spouses and dependents, a $300 fee for a full-casket burial or a $150 fee for a cremation burial is charged. A $200 fee is charged for all dis-internments. All committal services are conducted in the chapel; there is no graveside service allowed.
Who is eligible for Burial in Massachusetts State Cemeteries? Eligibility for Veteran's interment at the state cemeteries is based on the following guidelines:

Military Service:

  • The Veteran was discharged or released from active duty service (other than for training purposes) under honorable conditions. Certain exceptions do apply. A copy of the DD214 or other detailed military discharge documentation must be provided. OR

  • The Veteran served at least 20 years in the National Guard or United States Reserves and is in receipt of a military pension or has documentation verifying he/she will receive retirement pay at age 60, in accordance with Title 10, Chapter 1223. A copy of Title 10 letter and all other documentation must be provided. OR

  • Any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who dies on active duty and whose home of record is Massachusetts.

Residency:

  • "Home of Record at the time of entry into active service" on DD214 is Massachusetts. OR

  • If "Home of Record at the time of entry into active service" is not listed or Veteran entered military service from a state other than Massachusetts proof of Massachusetts residency for at least one day after discharge is required. Acceptable documentation includes a photocopy of Massachusetts driver's license or original letter from city/town clerk verifying residency. OR

  • The Veteran was a resident of Massachusetts at the time of his/her death.

Marriage:

  • Veteran and Spouse must be legally married. A former Spouse of an eligible Veteran whose marriage to that Veteran has been terminated by annulment or divorce is not eligible. If Spouse is also a Veteran, a completed application must be submitted for the Spouse at this time.

Dependent Children:

  • Deceased unmarried minor Child, under 21 years of age, or 23 if pursuing a course of instruction at an approved educational institution. Separate "Dependent Child Application for Interment Registration" must be submitted.

  • Unmarried adult Child incapable of self-support with physical or mental disability acquired before age 21, or 23 if pursuing a course of instruction at an approved educational institution, and is totally dependent upon the eligible Veteran for support. Letter from the Child's doctor or court documentation stating that Child is totally dependent on Veteran for support, type of disability and at what age it was acquired is required and must accompany the application. Copy of full, long form birth certificate required. Separate "Dependent Child Application for Interment Registration" must be submitted.

For more information, please contact the desired cemetery using the following information:

Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery at Agawam
1390 Main St.
Agawam, MA 01001
Phone: 413-821-9500
Fax: 413-821-9839
Website: http://www.mass.gov/veterans/cemeteries-and-honors/cemeteries/state-cemeteries/agawam.html

Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery at Winchendon
111 Glenallen St.
Winchendon, MA 01475
Phone: 978-297-9501
Fax: 978-297-4271
Website: http://www.mass.gov/veterans/cemeteries-and-honors/cemeteries/state-cemeteries/winchendon.html

Massachusetts State Veterans Cemeteries Brochure

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Facilities in Massachusetts

Veterans Health Care System - 800-865-3384
VA Health Care System: VA Boston Healthcare System , Brockton Division: 940 Belmont Street, Brockton, 508-583-4500; Jamaica Plain Division: 150 S. Huntington Avenue, Boston, 617-232-9500; West Roxbury Division: 1400 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, 617-323-7700

VA Medical Centers
Bedford: Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital , 200 Springs Rd, 781-687-2000 / 800-838-6331
Brockton: VA Boston Healthcare System, Brockton Campus , 940 Belmont St, 508-583-4500
Jamaica Plain: VA Boston Healthcare System, Jamaica Plain Campus , 150 S. Huntington Ave, 617-232-9500 / Fax: 617-278-4508
Leeds: VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System , 421 North Main St, 413-584-4040
West Roxbury: VA Boston Healthcare System, West Roxbury Campus , 1400 VFW Pkwy, 617-323-7700

Outpatient Clinic
Boston: Causeway OPC , 251 Causeway St, 800-865-3384 / Fax: 617-248-1282

Community Service Programs
Lowell: Lowell Veterans Community Care Center , 130 Marshall Road, 978-671-9000 / 978-671-9149

Community Based Outpatient Clinics
Fitchburg: Fitchburg Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 881 Main St, 978-342-9781 / Fax: 978-342-9521|
Framingham: Framingham Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 61 Lincoln St, Suite 112, 800-865-3384 / Fax: 508-626-8224
Gloucester: Gloucester Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC), 199 Main St, 800-838-6331 / Fax: 978-491-5154
Greenfield: Greenfield Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 143 Munson St, 413-773-8428 / Fax: 413-773-8435
Haverhill: Haverhill Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC), 108 Merrimack St, 800-838-6331 / Fax: 978-372-5089
Hyannis: Hyannis Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 233 Stevens St, 508-771-3190 / Fax: 508-771-0940
Lowell: Lowell Community Based Outpatient Clinic , 130 Marshall Rd, 800-865-3384 / Fax: 978-671-9149
Lynn: Lynn Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC), 225 Boston Rd, Suite 107, 800-838-6331 / Fax: 781-596-2036
New Bedford: New Bedford Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 175 Elm St, 508-994-0217 / Fax: 508-994-5489
Pittsfield: Pittsfield Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 73 Eagle St, 413-499-2672 / Fax: 413-447-8825
Plymouth: Plymouth Community Based Outreach Clinic , 116 Long Pond Rd, 800-865-3384 / 508-747-1017
Quincy: Quincy Community Based Outpatient Clinic, Quincy Outpatient Clinic, 110 West Squantum St, 800-865-3384 / Fax: 617-376-3058
Springfield: Springfield Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 25 Bond St, 413-731-6000 / Fax: 413-788-5560
Worcester: Worcester Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 605 Lincoln St, 508-856-0104 / Fax: 508-856-7425

Vet Center: 877-927-8387
Boston: Boston Vet Center , 7 Drydock Ave, Suite 2070, 857-203-6461
Brockton: Brockton Vet Center , 1041L Pearl St, 508-580-2730 / Fax: 508-586-8414
Fairhaven: New Bedford Vet Center , 73 Huttleton Ave, Unit 2, 508-999-6920 / Fax: 508-997-3348
Hyannis: Cape Cod Vet Center , 474 West Main St, 508-778-0124 / Fax: 508-775-3014
Lowell: Lowell Vet Center , 10 George St, Gateway Center, 978-453-1151 / Fax: 978-441-1271
West Springfield: Springfield Vet Center , 95 Ashley Ave, Suite A, 413-737-5167 / Fax: 413-733-0537
Worcester: Worcester Vet Center , 255 Park Ave, Suite 900, 508-753-7902 / Fax: 508-753-4296

VISN:
Bedford: VISN 1: VA New England Healthcare System , 200 Springs Rd, Bldg 61, 781-687-4821

Veterans Benefits Administration Regional Benefit Office
Boston: Boston Regional Benefit Office , JFK Federal Building, 15 New Sudbury St, 800-827-1000

National Cemetery Administration
National Cemetery
Ayer: Woodlawn Cemetery Soldiers' Lot , Harvard Rd, 508-563-7113 / Fax: 508-564-9946
Bourne: Massachusetts National Cemetery , Connery Ave, 508-563-7113 / Fax: 508-564-9946

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Facilities in Massachusetts

Department of Veterans' Services
600 Washington St, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617-210-5480
Fax: 617-210-5755
Email: MDVS@vet.state.ma.us

Employee Directory - Department of Veterans' Services

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Military Installations in Massachusetts

Please see the Massachusetts Military Resource Locator for additional information

Active Duty

Army
Devens Reserve Forces Training Area

Air Force
Hanscom Air Force Base

National Guard
Joint Base Cape Cod
Massachusetts National Guard

Camp Edwards

Massachusetts Air National Guard


102nd Intelligence Wing
104 th Fighter Wing

United States Army Reserve (USAR)
99th Readiness Division

United States Air Force Reserve

Westover Air Reserve Base

Resources

http://www.mass.gov/veterans/benefits-and-services/

https://www.retirementliving.com/taxes-kansas-new-mexico#MASSACHUSETTS

https://www.va.gov/directory/guide/state.asp?State=MA&dnum=ALL

http://www.mass.gov/veterans/women-veterans/

https://www.va.gov/

https://www.mass.gov/military-and-veteran-rmv-information

http://www.sec.state.ma.us/cis/cisvet/vetmotor.htm

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/veteran-and-military-license-plates

https://www.mass.gov/veterans-programs-and-services

https://www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-veterans-services

https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job-seekers/veterans-preference/#content

https://webapps.dol.gov/elaws/vets/realifelines/menu.htm

http://www.mic3.net/massachusetts.html

http://www.sec.state.ma.us/cis/cispdf/Veterans_Laws_and_Benefits.pdf

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Document Review Date: 23 August 2018