Your Department of Veterans' Services has been providing services and benefits to veterans and to the dependents of veterans since 1861. From the date of that commitment by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, that insured that no individual who served his or her state and nation with honor during periods of war or other conflicts, would never be "pauperized" or forced to turn to public welfare for assistance. The Massachusetts Executive Office and the Massachusetts House and Senate have shown their continued concern for the welfare of the veteran and his or her dependents with the fullest support of one of the most comprehensive programs for the veterans in the country - The Department of Veterans' Services and the local Department of Veterans' Services....
What is Chapter 115 Benefits: 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, fuel, 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 if the veteran were still living.
How to apply: For applications, contact the local Veterans’ Service Officer (VSO) in the city or town where the veteran lives. To find a VSO:
The Massachusetts Veteran Benefit Calculator helps Massachusetts residents who have served in the military quickly and easily determine if they may be eligible for financial assistance through a state program known as Chapter 115 benefits. By completing this calculator, low-income veterans, along with their dependents and survivors, can find out if they qualify for monthly cash assistance and get information about these benefits earned through their service.
The Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) and the Women Veterans’ Network (WVN) are conducting a survey of women veterans in the Commonwealth, and we need YOUR help. Please share this survey link and flyer with any women veterans in your personal or professional networks. Those who complete the survey will be eligible to enter a raffle to win one of 20 Dunkin’ gift card, each valued at $20. This survey is focused on understanding the services that women veterans in the Commonwealth currently use, and those that could best support their unique circumstances and the issues that impact them. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete and can be done on a computer or mobile device – women veterans can simply click this link to begin: https://tinyurl.com/5n6j2ybd or use the QR code on the attached flyer. Responses to this survey will help DVS better understand how women veterans interact with the Department and other service providers. The anonymous survey results will be used to develop recommendations for strategies to better engage women veterans and to direct resources in ways that better support women veterans and their families.