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Veterans Assistance

As a veteran, I understand the unique challenges facing those who have served their country in the armed forces. We are lucky in Massachusetts to have a strong and supportive community of veteran organizations, including the unique-in-the-nation Veterans Service Officers program, and several VA medical centers.

For a comprehensive list of resources for veterans in Massachusetts, please visit the state’s official veterans resource website: https://massvetsadvisor.org

Every city and town in Massachusetts also has a local Veterans Service Officer (VSO) who can assist you with applying for state and federal veterans benefits, including Chapter 115 cash assistance for low-income veterans and their spouses. You can look find your VSO by calling your city or town hall, or entering your zip code at https://massvetsadvisor.org.

Harvard Legal Services also recently launched an easy-to-use online calculator to see if you may be eligible for Chapter 115 benefits. You can find the calculator here: https://massvetben.org/.

For your convenience, we have highlighted a few common categories of assistance available specifically to veterans in the 6th district. This is not an exhaustive list of all resources available through either department, but a selection of resources my team has found most helpful to veterans in the 6th district.

If you are experiencing difficulty with the VA, my office is here to help. Please call us at (978) 531-1669.

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Housing Resources  

Program Name

Description

Website

Contact Information

VA Supported Housing Program (VASH)

Available at Bedford VA

The VA Supported Housing (VASH) Program is a joint project of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). VASH provides section 8 vouchers to chronically homeless Veterans with substance abuse and/or mental health issues.

https://www.va.gov/homeless/hud-vash.asp

VA Hotline for homelessness, at-risk Veterans, available 24/7: 1 (877) 4AID-VET

1 (877) 424-3838

Bedford VA Medical Center

Walk-in Clinic, Bldg 7, Check in Room 208

Bedford Homeless Veteran Phone: (781) 687-2733

(781) 687-2374

New England Center and Home for Veterans

The New England Center and Home for Veterans is dedicated to ending Veteran homelessness by providing the tools and support that lead to independent living. The Center provides an array of supportive services for Veterans who are homeless or facing the possible loss of housing. Housing support is provided for any Veteran, regardless of length of service or discharge status.

https://www.nechv.org/get-help/housing/

Phone: (617) 371-1800

17 Court Street, Boston MA 02108

Veterans Inc.

Transitions Veterans out of homelessness by addressing the “total veteran,” incorporating job training and employment services, health and wellness, and supportive services ranging from transportation to legal advice.

http://www.veteransinc.org/

Phone: (800) 482-2565

69 Grove St Worcester, MA 01605

Veterans Northeast Outreach Center

Provides a continuum of care to veterans experiencing homelessness, including foot, shelter, advocacy, referral, career, and education services.

https://www.vneoc.org/

Phone: (978) 372-2626

Homeless Veterans Hotline: 1 (888) 866-2838

10 Reed Street, Haverhill, MA, 01832


Email: ssvfrequests@veteranbenefits.us

VA Home Loan

The VA assists qualified veterans by providing home loan guarantees through private lenders.

https://www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/

Phone: 1 (877) 827-3702

Department of Veterans Affairs

VA Regional Loan Center

1240 East Ninth Street

Cleveland, OH, 44199

VA Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA)

This grant provides medically necessary improvements and structural alterations to Veterans and service members’ primary residence for making entrances, bathrooms, kitchens, paths accessible, etc.

https://www.prosthetics.va.gov/psas/HISA2.asp

Sensory and Physical Rehab Service at Bedford VA

Phone: (781) 687-3053

Hope Now

If VA is not able to help a Veteran borrower retain his or her home (whether a VA-guaranteed loan or not), the HOPE NOW Alliance may be of assistance. HOPE NOW is a joint alliance consisting of servicers, counselors, and investors whose main goal is to assist distressed borrowers retain their homes and avoid foreclosure.

http://www.hopenow.com/about-us.php

1750 K Street NW, Suite 300

Washington DC 20006

Phone: (202) 589 2449

Email: help@hopenow.com

Transportation Resources  

Program Name

Description

Website

Contact Information

Veterans’ Transportation Resource Guide

Almost 400,000 veterans live in Massachusetts.

Transportation services targeted to veterans are available in many regions to help veterans access medical care at the VA or travel to other destinations.

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/veterans-transportation

Email: hstmobility@state.mass.us

Education Resources  

Program Name

Description

Website

Contact Information

Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program

If you’re the child or spouse of a Veteran or service member who has died, is captured or missing, or has disabilities, find out if you can get help paying for school or job training through the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) program—also called Chapter 35.

https://www.va.gov/education/survivor-dependent-benefits/dependents-education-assistance/

Apply online at the website to left

Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School: Project on Predatory Student Lending

The Project on Predatory Student Lending was formed in 2012 to combat the massive fraud that was being perpetrated against students and taxpayers by for-profit colleges. We represent thousands of former students across the country and litigate landmark cases against the predatory for-profit college industry. Many of the Project’s clients are veterans.

https://predatorystudentlending.org/

Phone: (617) 390-2669

Categorical Tuition Waiver for Veterans and Active Duty Members

Eligible State Community Colleges, State University, and University of Massachusetts schools for a tuition waiver.

https://www.mass.edu/forstufam/veterans/documents/Categorical%20Tuition%20Waiver.pdf

Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance Phone: (617) 391-6070

Education and Entrepreneurship resources  

Program Name

Description

Website

Contact Information

VA Compensated Work Therapy (CWT)

Available at Bedford VA

Supported Employment: Competitive employment with therapeutic supports integrated into treatment.

Transitional Residence: Work-based Psychosocial Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program offering a therapeutic residential setting).

Transitional Work: Pre-employment vocational assessment program that operates in the VA medical center and local community businesses.

Sheltered Workshop: Pre-employment vocational activity that provides an opportunity for work hardening and assessment in a simulated work environment.

https://www.va.gov/HEALTH/cwt/veterans.asp

Bedford CWT Program Coordinator Phone: (781) 687-2575

Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital (Bedford VAMC)

200 Springs Rd Bedford, MA 01720                              

MassHire

MassHire provides career counseling, job referral and placement, unemployment claims filing, referrals to supportive services, and specialized assistance for veterans.

https://masshire-nscareers.org/

MassHire North Shore Career Center, 70 Washington St, 1st Floor, Salem, MA, 01970

Phone: (781) 691-7400

Mentoring Veterans Program (MVP Vets)

MVPvets is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit endeavor connecting life science companies with veteran talent ready to bring an exceptional work ethic, a broad bandwidth of skills and an extraordinary focus in achieving business goals.

https://www.mvpvets.org/about/

10 Villa Road

South Hamilton, MA 01982

Email: info@mvpvets.org

Small Business Administration's Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD)

Devoted exclusively to promoting veteran entrepreneurship, the OVBD facilitates the use of all SBA programs by veterans, service-disabled veterans, reservists, active-duty service members, transitioning service members, and their dependents or survivors. SBA programs provide access to capital and preparation for small business opportunities. They can also connect veteran small business owners with federal procurement and commercial supply chains.

https://www.sba.gov/offices/headquarters/ovbd

409 3rd Street, S.W. Suite 5700

Washington, DC 20416

United States

Phone: (202) 205-6773

VA’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)

VA Small and Veteran Business Programs implement the requirements to aid, counsel, assist, and protect the interests of small and Veteran business concerns.

https://www.va.gov/osdbu/

Phone: 1 (866) 584–2344

Email: osdbu@va.gov

Mail: 810 Vermont Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20420

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Resources  

Program Name

Description

Website

Contact Information

VA Crisis Hotline

If you are a service member or Veteran in crisis or you’re concerned about one, there are specially trained responders ready to help you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The Veterans Crisis Line connects service members and Veterans in crisis, as well as their family members and friends, with qualified, caring VA responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text-messaging service.

https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/suicide_prevention/veterans-crisis-line.asp

Phone: 1 (800) 273-8255 and press 1

Text: 838255 to connect with a VA responder

Online chat: http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ChatTermsOfService.aspx

TTY: http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/GetHelp/Accessibility.aspx

Home Base Program

Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital work together to help service Members, Veterans and their Families heal from the Invisible Wounds: traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress (PTS), and related conditions.

http://homebase.org/home-base-supports-veterans-service-members/

Connect with Veteran Outreach Coordinator: http://homebase.org/contribute/connect-with-care/

Phone: (617) 724-5202

1 Constitution Wharf, Suite 140

Charlestown, MA 02129

Statewide Advocacy for Veterans’ Empowerment (SAVE)

Mass. Veterans’ Services’ program, SAVE, acts as a liaison between Veterans (and their families) and the various agencies within the federal and state government.

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/statewide-advocacy-for-veterans-empowerment-save

SAVE Team

Chelsea Soldiers' Home

91 Crest Avenue, Building D

Chelsea, MA 02150

Phone: (617) 210-5743

Canines for Combat Veterans - New England Assistance Dog Services (NEADS)

For permanently physically disabled veterans (need not be due to combat), those suffering from hearing loss, or veterans diagnosed with combat related PTS.

https://neads.org/service-dog-programs/service-dogs-for-veterans/

305 Redemption Rock Trail South

Princeton, MA 01541

P.O. Box 1100

Princeton, MA 01541

Phone: (978) 422-9064 Voice or TDD

MA Substance Abuse Information and Education Helpline

Massachusetts resource providing free and anonymous information and referral for alcohol and other drug abuse problems and related concerns.

https://helplinema.org/

Phone: 1 (800) 327-5050

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Resources  

Program Name

Description

Website

Contact Information

VA Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Treatment

Because MST is an  experience, not a diagnosis, Veterans who experienced MST can benefit from the range of treatment options VA has available to treat conditions commonly associated with MST, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, substance abuse, and others. VA also has MST-specific outpatient, inpatient, and residential services available to assist Veterans in their recovery.

https://www.bedford.va.gov/services/Military_Sexual_Trauma_Treatment.asp

Bedford VA MST:

Madeleine G. Karpel, Ph.D MST Services Coordinator

Phone: (781) 687-3226

Department of Defense Safe Helpline

Available worldwide to members of DoD commmunity affected by sexual assault, it provides support and resources to survivors. Operated by the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).

https://safehelpline.org/

Phone helpline: (877) 995-5247

Online helpline:

www.Online.safehelpline.org

YWCA North Shore Rape Crisis Center

Provides 24 hour hotline with intervention services, prevention services, assistance for survivors of sexual violence.

http://ywcansrcc.org/

Hotline: (877) 509-YWCA (877) 509-9922

Spanish Hotline: (800) 223-5001

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC)

Provides support and services to survivors of sexual violence ages 12 and up and their families and friends.

Serves Bedford, Burlington, Reading, Wakefield in the 6th district.

https://barcc.org/join/about

Hotline: (800) 841-8371

Online chat: https://m2.icarol.com/ConsumerRegistration.aspx?org=110675&pid=374

Burial and Memorial Services Resources  

Program Name

Description

Website

Contact Information

VA Veterans’ Burial Benefits

Includes Government headstone or marker, burial flags, Presidential Memorial Certificates, Burial Allowances, and Military Funeral Honors.

https://www.cem.va.gov/cem/burial_benefits/index.asp

See website at left

Military Funeral Honors

Families should inform their funeral director if they want military funeral honors.

https://www.militaryonesource.mil/military-life-cycle/veterans-military-funeral-honors

Phone: (800) 342-9647

Resources for families of veterans and active-duty service members  

Program Name

Description

Website

Contact Information

Semper Fi Fund

The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit set up to provide immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.

www.semperfifund.org

715 Broadway Street

Quantico, VA 22134

Phone: (760) 725-3680

Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund: Emergency Casualty Assistance

Emergency Casualty Assistance offers financial support to military families who are impacted by the death of an immediate family service member.

http://www.massmilitaryheroes.org/our-work/emergency-casualty-assistance/

Phone: 888-909-HERO (888) 909-4376

Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund

77 Warren Street, Building 2

Brighton, MA 02135

Email: info@massmilitaryheroes.org

Requests in business hours: (617) 482-0444

Requests outside business hours: (617) 942-1484

VA Chapter 7 Life Insurance

The VA offers life insurance to active duty service members and their families. For more information, please see the VA’s website at right.

https://www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book/benefits_chap07.asp

Phone: 1 (800) 669-8477