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Veterans' Resources
Federal
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) - find out what Federal benefits are available to you, your family and survivors through the Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities, clinics, and benefits offices.
  • VA Boston Healthcare System - Veterans can receive health care services from a number of local VA Medical Facilities. Applications are filled out and sent to the desired facility’s eligibility office. Inpatient, outpatient, dental, pharmacy, prosthetic, women’s health services and many others can be received through the VA Health Care System.
  • National VA Offices - view the interactive U.S. Map of the VA Healthcare offices
  • VA Healthcare Application 10-10EZ - Application to Enroll in the VA Healthcare System
  • My HealtheVet - For Veterans that are Enrolled in the VA Healthcare System
  • Life Insurance - As part of the VA's mission to serve Servicemembers, Veterans, and their families, VA provides valuable life insurance benefits to give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your family is protected. VA’s life insurance programs were developed to provide financial security for your family given the extraordinary risks involved in military service.
  • DD Form 149 - Application for Correction of Military Records
  • DD Form 293 - Application for the Review of Discharge or Dismissal from the Armed Forces of the United States.
  • Form 21-526 EZ - Application for Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits
  • Form 21-0958 - Notice of Disagreement
  • Form 21-526 - Application for Disability Compensation and/or Pension (VA Pension Info)  Disability Compensation: the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers a tax free benefit to veterans who currently have a disability that is the result of an injury, disease, or an event in military service. Applications and guidance are offered in the Watertown Veterans’ Services Department for those who are eligible.  Also, low-income wartime veterans may be eligible to receive a pension from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Eligibility is income based, and veterans must be 65 years of age or older or be totally and permanently disabled. 
  • Form 21-526b - Veterans Supplemental Claim for Compensation
  • Form 21-686c - Declaration of Status of Dependents
  • Concurrent Retirement and Disability Pay (CRDP) - allows military retirees to receive both military retired pay and Veterans Affairs (VA) compensation. This was prohibited until the CRDP program began on January 1, 2004. CRDP is a "phase in" of benefits that gradually restores a retiree's VA disability offset. This means that an eligible retiree's retired pay will gradually increase each year until the phase in is complete effective January 2014.  You do not need to apply for CRDP. If qualified, you will be enrolled automatically.
  • VA Form 21-527EZ - Application for Aid & Attendance Pension for Veterans (Instructions Included)
  • VA Form 21-534EZ - Application for Aid & Attendance Pension for Spouses (Instructions Included).  This application is also for DIC, Death Pension and/or Accrued Benefits.
  • VA Form 10-10CG - Application for Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers Program
  • VA Form 26-1880 - Home Loan Request for a Certificate of Eligibility

http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-21P-8416-ARE.pdf             

List of Possible Medical Expenses

http://www.veteranaid.org/docs/medical.pdf

Nursing Home Statement: 
http://www.veteranaid.org/docs/nursing_home_status.pdf

           

    Caregivers

    VA Form 10-10CG
    VA's Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers

VA Form 9 - Appeal to Board of Veteran's Appeals                 

Dependents’ and Survivors Benefits 

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs may issue monetary benefits to survivors of service members who died on active duty, died from service-related disabilities, or certain veterans who were being paid 100% disability compensation at time of death. 

Death Pension
Certain low-income surviving spouses and children of deceased wartime veterans maybe entitled to receive a Death Pension from the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

VA Education Benefits

Various education benefits are available to veterans through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as programs specific to Massachusetts.  Applications and information for the 
Post 9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Tuition Waivers for Massachusetts Veterans, and all other programs are provided in the Watertown Veterans' Services Office. 

  • Dependents Education Assistance Program - for survivors and dependents of 100% disabled veterans.  View and Download Application Here (if you are a survivor or a dependent of a 100% disabled veteran, bring this completed form to your school's bursar's office):  VA Form 22-5490


    Burial Benefits 

    Headstones and Markers
    Applications are available to receive Government issued headstones and markers to eligible veterans through The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. 

    Reimbursement for Burial Expenses
    Eligible veterans maybe entitled to reimbursement towards expenses for funeral and burial expenses.
  • Social Security Special Earnings for Military Service - Since 1957, if you had military service earnings for active duty (including active duty for training), you paid Social Security taxes on those earnings. Since 1988, inactive duty service in the Armed Forces reserves (such as weekend drills) has also been covered by Social Security.  Under certain circumstances, these earnings may be credited to your Social Security benefits. Please visit the Social Security Administration website for more information.
  • U.S Department of Veterans Affairs Home Loans - VA helps Servicemembers, Veterans, and eligible surviving spouses become homeowners.  VA Home Loans are provided by private lenders, such as banks and mortgage companies. VA guarantees a portion of the loan, enabling the lender to provide you with more favorable terms.
  • VA Burn Pit Registry - OEF/OIF/OND or 1990-1991 Gulf War Veterans and Servicemembers can use the registry questionnaire to report exposures to airborne hazards (such as smoke from burn pits, oil-well fires, or pollution during deployment), as well as other exposures and health concerns.
  • VASH Voucher Program - Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing.  If you need housing assistance, call the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 1-877-4AID-VET.          


State

  • Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services - Massachusetts is at the forefront of veterans' benefits and offers a vast array of benefits and services such as tax exemptions, education programs, bonuses and annuities, employment opportunities, and housing options.
  • Guide to Massachusetts Veteran's Laws and Benefits
  • Definition of a Massachusetts Veteran - M.G.L. c. 4, sec. 7, cl. 43rd as amended by the Acts of 2005, ch. 130
  • Massachusetts Attorney General - The Attorney General’s Office enforces certain federal and state laws protecting the rights of veterans and service members. If you are a veteran or are currently serving in the United States Military, including the National Guard or Reserves, there are laws designed to protect you against discrimination in employment, help you avoid credit or foreclosure problems, and maximize your healthcare, disability, and education benefits. This website is designed to help inform you of your rights, and the benefits and protections available.  (AGO's Resource Guide for Veterans and Servicemembers.)
  • Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination - Have you been discriminated against?  The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination is the state's chief civil rights agency. The Commission works to eliminate discrimination on a variety of bases and areas, and strives to advance the civil rights of the people of the Commonwealth through law enforcement, outreach and training. For a complete list of protected classes in the Areas of Discrimination.
  • Soldier's Home in Chelsea - Established in 1882, the Soldiers' Home in Chelsea is a multifaceted health care facility available to eligible veterans of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts providing long term care, skilled nursing care, an Alzheimers' unit and dormitory style housing for veterans. 
  • Massachusetts Welcome Home Bonus - Click on the Massachusetts Welcome Home Bonus link above, then select the war period that you are a veteran of and then you will be given the appropriate form to complete and send in to the state. 
  • Statewide Housing Advocacy Reintegration and Prevention (S.H.A.R.P.) - This program is collaboration between the Massachusetts Department of Veteran Services and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in the effort to end homelessness among Veterans. This is accomplished through peer support, mental health services, psychiatric evaluation and linkages to emergency shelter at a Veteran-centric facility while concurrently initiating processes for long-term remediation of the Veteran’s homelessness through enrollment in the HUD-VASH program. This initiative requires the provision of an existing network of DVS Veteran-specific service providers, all of whom are dedicated at 100% effort to the care of homeless Veterans, to which Peer Support and Mental Health Specialists will be hired to provide care coordination services.


  • City of Woburn Tax Abatements for Disabled Veterans: Please call Assessor's Office at 781-897-5830 for more information
                                                      

Employment & Training Information



Local and State Veterans' Organizations
  • Companies Offering Military Discounts
  • Local Heroes Inc. - Wilmington, MA based non-profit providing support to soldiers and their families and has shipped over 16,886 care packages over seas!
  • Helping Our Troops - Helping Our Troops (H.O.T.) is a program designed to support our American Hero’s from Massachusetts serving overseas.  We are an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity home based out of Stoneham, Massachusetts, U.S.A. 
  • Mission of Deeds - The Mission of Deeds is a non-profit organization staffed by a group of dedicated volunteers who are located in Reading, Massachusetts. They purchase beds with cash donations and distribute them, along with donated furniture and other household items in good condition, to needy veterans, families and individuals living in Middlesex and Essex counties of Massachusetts.
  • Home Base Program - a collaboration between the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital offering veterans and their families clinical care, education, research and resources.
  • Wounded Warrior Project - to honor and empower wounded warriors by providing support to wounded soldiers to aid and assist each other.
  • American Legion Post 101 - Woburn, MA chapter of the American Legion.
  • Operation Comfort Warriors - Operation Comfort Warriors is a program dedicated to meeting the needs of wounded, injured or ill military personnel by providing them with comfort items not usually supplied by the government.
  • Friends of Woburn Veterans - a non-profit whose mission is to maintain the perpetual care and preservation of Woburn's Veterans’ memorials and to support veteran’s related projects throughout the City of Woburn. 
  • Blues for Veterans Association - Woburn, MA non-profit organized by local business men and women, along with local citizens providing support to local veterans and veterans organizations in need of assistance.
  • Rolling Thunder of MA, Chapter 1 - a local non-profit motorcycle group whose major function is to educate the public on POW-MIA issues and the fact that many American prisoners of war were left behind after all previous wars and to help correct the past and to protect future veterans from being left behind should they become prisoners of war-missing in action
  • New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans - a multi-dimension service and care provider dedicated to assisting Veterans who are facing or at-risk of homelessness. The Center offers a broad array of programs and services that enable success, reintegration, meaningful employment and independent living.
  • Assistance Dogs (NEADS | Canines for Combat Veterans) - assistance dogs are provided to qualifying veterans at no cost.
  • Mass VetsAdvisor  - Massachusetts resources for understanding veterans benefits and programs.
  • Mass Legal Help - Massachusetts legal aid programs put together this web-site to help you find practical information about your legal rights.