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State of Massachusetts Department of Veterans Affairs

This link is to the benefits page of the Department's website. The page has an easy-to-follow menu. The following was copied from the main benefits page. The links will open to pages on the department's website. For this specific state's website, it's recommended that you use the actual site to search the benefits, as it is well laid out. I did the best I could to make this post represent the information on the website and be easily navigated.


Public Assistance (Ch. 115)

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 dependants and income from all sources. Eligible dependents of deceased veterans are provided with the same benefits as they would were the veteran still living.


How to apply


Financial Assistance

Upward Bound Program

Operation Recognition

Grants high school diplomas to veterans who left school for good upon being drafted or enlisting in World War II, Korea or Vietnam wars.

Special Commission to Study Higher Education Tuition & Fee Waivers for Veterans


An annuity in the amount of $2000, which is payable biannually on August 1st and February 1st in two installments of $1000 each is available for certain veterans and their spouses, as well as Gold Star Parents. This benefit is provided by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, through the Department of Veterans' Services.


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.

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War

Persian Gulf War

Welcome Home Bonus

The State Treasurer's Office, Veterans' Bonus Division, administers the Welcome Home Bonus to veterans of the Global War on Terrorism.

Tax Exemptions

Certain veterans are eligible for exemptions.

Property Tax


Motor Vehicle Tax

Motor Vehicles

Veteran series license plates, excise tax exemptions, and vehicle registration exemptions are benefits offered to veterans in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

For disabled veterans

For Disabled Ex-POWs

License Plates

Welcome Home Bill FAQ

On November 11, 2005, Governor Romney signed a bill that expands benefits to veterans, members of the Massachusetts National Guard and their families.

Benefits for Dependents of a Veteran

State and federal veterans' benefits are available to the dependents (spouse, children, parents) of eligible veterans.

State Benefits for Dependents of a Veteran

State veterans' benefits are available to the dependents (spouses, children, parents) of eligible veterans.

Federal Benefits for Dependents of a Veteran

Federal veterans' benefits are available to the dependents (spouses, children, parents) of eligible veterans.

VA Health Benefits for Dependents of a Veteran

VA offers limited medical benefits for family members of eligible veterans.

Educational Assistance for Family Members of Veterans

National veterans' service organizations offer a range of scholarships and educational awards for family members of veterans.

Other Resources for Veterans' Dependents

Veterans' service organizations, the military, and the USO offer assistance to family members of veterans.

National Guard & Reserve

The men and women of National Guard or Reserve units who have been activated recently are entitled to certain rights, protections, and benefits. An assortment of information, questions, and answers that may help Guard and Reserve members and their families with the transition process is available on the DVS website.

Tuition and Fee Waivers for Guard Members

Health Care

Family Assistance

Military Family Relief Fund

"Early" TRICARE Benefit

Small Business


Unlimited Commissary Benefits

Guide to Reserve Family Member Benefits

A 32-page guide created by the Department of Defense for family members of the Reserve and Guard.

Guide to Mental Health and Reunion Services

Guide to Mental Health and Reunion Services for returning Guard and Reserve Members in New England. Developed by the Hanscom AFB Life Skills Support Center.

Relief from state and federal income tax

Military Pay Act

The legislation covers all employees of the Commonwealth who have been granted a military leave of absence after September 11, 2001 to serve on active duty in the Army National Guard, the Air National Guard or a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States.

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<H1 id=article-title>Veterans Bonuses in Massachusetts</H1>Week of January 07, 2008

Hundreds of veterans' bonuses are going uncollected in the State of Massachusetts. Thanks to the state's Welcome Home Program, Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans receive $1,000 while other veterans who served more than six months since Sept. 11, 2007 receive a $500 bonus. However, only about 13,000 of the state's 27,000 eligible residents have applied for the bonuses. Massachusetts veterans can call the State Treasurer's office at 617-367-9333, ext. 859, to request bonus application materials.

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