Veterans Benefits and Services
Room 11, 150 Concord Street
Framingham, MA 01702
Tel: (508)-532-5515/Fax (508)-532-5497
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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts provides an annuity in the amount of $2,000 to 100% service-connected disabled veterans and to the parents of men and women who die in service (Gold Star parents) and the unremarried spouses (Gold, Star wives or husbands) of veterans who gave their lives in the service of their country during wartime. Visit https://www.mass.gov/service-details/annuity for more information about this service or to apply.
The Commonwealth launched a new veterans web portal www.MassVetsAdvisor.org the web portal offers enhanced access to services and support for veterans living in the Commonwealth. This new site will help veterans and their family members access more than 200 state and federal benefits in one location, including programs for education, counseling, employment, health care and other services.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts provides a one-time bonus to eligible veterans who served during wartime.
While most charities are reputable and worthy of financial support from the public, a few charities operate outside the bounds of fairness. A charitable donation is a financialtransaction - use the same consideration when making a donation as any other financial decision.
Any consumer or retailer with questions, concerns, or complaints about a charity may contact the Attorney General’s Office Non-Profit Organizations/ Public Charities Division at (617) 963-2315.
There are three veterans' cemeteries in Massachusetts.
Eligible veterans can be buried in state and federal cemeteries for free and spouses for a nominal fee.
Under Chapter 115 of Massachusetts General Laws, 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. Please visit the Department of Veteran Services website at http://www.mass.gov/veterans/ for more information.
The Veteran's Treatment Court is located at the Framingham District Court located at 600 Concord Street in Framingham. The Treatment Court is a 12-24 month, five phase program intended to serve veterans who are criminal court involved and struggling with addiction and or mental health issues.
Veterans are eligible for tuition waivers at all state colleges and universities. Members of the Massachusetts National Guard receive a tuition and fee waiver at all state schools. Contact the Veterans' Representative at the state college/university of your choice for eligibility requirements and to apply. For more information visit the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, http://www.mass.edu/forstufam/veterans/home.asp
Veterans are given preference for employment on the eligibility list for civil service positions. Job search and assistance is also available for veterans at The Executive Office of Employment and Training. The closest One-Stop Career Centers is located at 201 Boston Post Road, Marlborough, MA 01752. Tel 508-786-0928. Ask to be connected to the veteran's agent.
Yes, you can find the Framingham veterans Services on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Framingham-Veteran-Services
Each year the veteran Agents asks for volunteers to come out and help put the flags on the veteran’s graves. Over 4,500 flags are replaced every year. If you would like to volunteer please call the Veterans Agent at 508-532-5515. If your veteran did not get a flag, please come by the Veterans Agent’s Office in the Memorial Building , Room B-7 and pick one up.
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.One of the following documents (typed, not handwritten) must be presented as proof of honorable discharge:
The Veteran’s Indicator cannot be added during an online transaction. To have the Veteran’s Indicator added to your license or ID card, you will need to visit an RMV branch and should not complete this transaction online. If you prefer not to visit a branch, you can continue with your online transaction, but the Veteran’s Indicator will not appear on your License or ID. 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. For more information please visit http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/rmv/.
For a Federally issued photo ID card you can apply for Veterans Administration Health Care. The only card that you may qualify for would be the Veterans Administration’s medical ID card. You will need to complete a VA 1010ez form that can be located on the Veterans Administration Website: https://www.va.gov/vaforms/ . Bring the completed form with a copy of your DD214 to 61 Lincoln St, Room 112 (VA outpatient Clinic) and ask to have it submitted for "eligibility”. Once you have been approved for the VA medical benefits, they will help you get a photo ID that can be used as a discount card.
A Community Intervention Specialist (CIS) will assist veterans residents with accessing services they require, including but not limited to: veterans struggling with reintegration after deployments or service, homelessness, post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury issues, substance abuse, grieving, hording, need for elder services, or any other health and safety issues. The CIS does not provide long term case management.
Color Sergant Conrad Homan for his actions at the “Battle of the Crater”, Petersburg , VA, 1864. After weeks of preparation, on July 30, 1864, the Union soldiers exploded a mine in Burnside's IX Corps sector beneath Pegram's Salient, blowing a gap in the Confederate defenses of Petersburg in preparations for the fierce fighting later called the "Battle of the Crater". Unit after unit charged into and around the crater, where soldiers milled in confusion. The rebels quickly recovered and launched several counterattacks. The break was sealed off, and the Union Army repulsed with more than 7,000 men killed, wounded, or missing. Twenty three soldiers were awarded Medals of Honor for their valor in this deadly battle, including Color Sergeant Conrad Homan who fought his way through the enemy's lines with the regimental colors, continuing in his charge even after the rest of the color guard had been killed or captured. In all, a total of 64 Medals of Honor were earned in action at Petersburg, Virginia, in the period from March 25 to April 3, 1865. Sgt Homan is buried in Edawrds Cemetery, Framingham, MA.
The Massachusetts Medal of Liberty is awarded in the name of the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as Commander-in-Chief of the Commonwealth, to any and all Massachusetts service man or woman killed in action or who died as a result of wounds received in action. It was designed by Sgt. Kristopher W. Adams. Authority to issue medal: Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 33, Section 67A.
Framingham Community Based Outpatient Clinic
61 Lincoln Street, Suite 112
Framingham, MA 01702
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Phone: (508) 628-0205/Fax: (508) 628-8224
This community based outpatient clinic, established in 1998 was designed to bring primary care closer to where veterans live. The primary care team manages most health issues and provides veterans with access to a wide range of specialty care providers at the VA Boston Healthcare System when appropriate and necessary. The clinic offers ample free parking. Services Provided and/or arranged through the clinic include:
Advantages to using the clinic include:
Framingham subscribes to the INTERFACE Mental Health Referral Service. This service is staffed by the William James College and can be reached Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. This helpline is available to all Framingham residents in need of mental health services. Visit https://interface.williamjames.edu/ to learn more about services offered.
Certain disabled veterans and former POWs are eligible for motor vehicle sales and excise tax exemptions. Contact the Department of Revenue at 617-887-6367. The Registry of Motor Vehicles provides a variety of veterans' license plates and a registration exemption for certain veterans. Plates that are available include: Veteran, Legion of Valor, EX-POW, Purple Heart, Pearl Harbor Survivor, Silver Star, Bronze Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Gold Star Family, Disabled Veteran. Visit http://www.mass.gov/veterans/benefits-and-services/tax-and-vehicles/ for more information.
There are a number of exemptions available to certain disabled veterans and their survivors. Contact your local Veterans' Service Officer or city/town assessor. Visit http://www.sec.state.ma.us/cis/cisvet/vetprptax.htm for more information.
SAVE is a peer outreach program that helps veterans navigate the system of benefits and services through active outreach in the community. SAVE's mission is suicide prevention and advocacy of veterans benefits and services. Outreach coordinators are mobile and meet with veterans in the field. The outreach team is comprised of veterans and family members of veterans. Call SAVE at 888-844-2838 or email email@example.com for more information.
The Department of Veteran Services contracts with a range of non-profit organizations, which provide emergency housing services to eligible veterans. All require that residents maintain a sober and drug-free environment. Services are available to both male and female veterans. Visit http://www.mass.gov/veterans/housing/transitional/ for more information.
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. Visit http://www.mass.gov/veterans/benefits-and-services/family-benefits/state-benefits-for-dependents-of-a-veteran.html for more information.
The Soldiers' Homes in Chelsea (617-884-5660) and Holyoke (413-532-9475) provide a variety of services to veterans, such as, acute hospital, domiciliary, and long-term care, physical and occupational therapy and more. Visit http://www.mass.gov/veterans/housing/soldiers-homes/ for more information.
The MetroWest Regional Transit Authority offers veterans shuttle on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. It is open to anyone wishing to go to any of the hospitals listed in the schedule below. Framingham and Natick residents have the option of being picked up and dropped off at their homes. Those not residing in Framingham or Natick must either be dropped off at either the Waverly or Blandin Hub or can be picked up at the Natick VFW Post 1274, located at 113 West Central Street, where there is also space available for those who wish to park free of charge. This shuttle has stops at the following hospitals:
Veterans must preregister with MWRTA before using the service. Visit http://www.mwrta.com for scheduling and application information. If you have any questions regarding this service, please contact the MWRTA Call Center at 1-508-820-4650.
The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Volunteer VA Hospital Transportation coordinates limited, complimentary transportation services for veterans to the Brockton, West Roxbury, and Jamaica Plain VA hospitals. Service is available Monday through Friday for appointment times between 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Please note that riders may need to wait for an extended time after their appointment for the van for the return trip. Riders must be ambulatory or require only a little assistance getting on or off of the van. Unfortunately, the van cannot accommodate wheelchair patients. Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis and must be made a minimum of two weeks in advance. Because of high demand, DAV cannot accommodate appointments made less than two weeks in advance. To make or change a ride reservation, call 774-826-2264 between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 P.M., Monday through Friday.
Please provide your name, address, phone number and time and location of your appointment if you reach the voicemail system.
Framingham Veterans Services is now accepting applications for the Veterans Tax Work-off Program. The Commonwealth announced this program as part of the 2012 Valor Act. The Framingham 2013 Town Meeting adopted the program for Framingham. Five positions were approved for veterans who have been residents for at least one year and are homeowners. The program is designed to find flexible hourly (day, night and weekends) work for veterans in exchange for a property tax abatement. For more information and an application please contact the Framingham Department of Veteran Services at 508-532-5515.
You are a veteran if you meet the Federal or Commonwealth requirements listed here. General Eligibility, Federal Eligibility for most VA benefits is based upon discharge from active military service under other than dishonorable conditions. Active service means full-time service, other than active duty for training, as a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or as a commissioned officer of the Public Health Service, Environmental Science Services Administration or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or its predecessor, the Coast and Geodetic Survey. Generally, men and women veterans with similar service may be entitled to the same VA benefits. Dishonorable and bad conduct discharges issued by general courts-martial may bar VA benefits. Veterans in prison and parolees must contact a VA regional office to determine eligibility. VA benefits will not be provided to any veteran or dependent wanted for an outstanding felony warrant. Certain Federal VA Benefits Require Wartime Service:
General Eligibility, Commonwealth To be eligible for veterans' benefits, one must be a "veteran" or a dependent of a "veteran" under M.G.L. c. 4, sec. 7, cl. 43rd as amended by the Acts of 2005, ch. 130. See below for service requirements and exceptions. Era of Service Dates Requirement for Commonwealth Veteran Status:
For reservists to qualify, they must have been called to regular active duty, at which point their eligibility can be determined by the above chart. Training Duty Exception Active duty service in the armed forces 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.
The mission of the Women Veterans' Network is to provide women with information on benefits; expand awareness of the needs of women veterans; and identify available health and human resources to meet those needs. Call 617-210-5781. Visit http://www.mass.gov/veterans/women-veterans/ for more information.
There is free therapeutic yoga class for veterans held every Monday at 6:00 p.m. at the Parish Hall of Edwards Church in Framingham, behind the Stapleton School. Classes are sponsored by There & Back Again, a veteran wellness program located in Charlestown, MA and founded by Sue Lynch. Here is the info for the class: Mondays 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Edwards Church, Framingham, MA. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Sue Lynch by calling (800) 311-0187.
The first step is to gather all the required supporting documents listed on the first page. The application itself is called the VS1. It is five pages of demographic medical insurance and income questions. In addition there are an Information Release, Agreement to Reimburse and Dept of Revue Child Support check that must also be submitted. All these can be found in the TOF Document Center under VSI Application by clicking the link below.