Social Services Resources: Military and Veteran Services

Military and Veteran Services

Veteran Crisis Line: If you are a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one, connect with our caring, qualified responders for confidential help. Many of them are Veterans themselves.
Call 800-273-8255, press 1 or Text 838255;
Call TTY if you have hearing loss 800-799-4889

Veterans and Military Housing Options

Stepping Stone Inc.: Chronically Homeless Services accepts Veterans who are homeless or chronically homeless.

Veterans and Military Community

The Veterans Assistance (VA): To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans, the VA carries out four specific missions: Veterans Healthcare, Veterans Benefits, National Cemeteries, and to ensure continued service to Veterans. Find your closest VA facility.

Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services: The mission of the Department of Veterans’ Services is to advocate on behalf of all the Commonwealth’s veterans and provide them with quality support services and to direct an emergency financial assistance program for those veterans and their dependents who are in need.

The Massachusetts Veteran Benefit Calculator: This website helps low-income veterans determine if they are eligible for state financial benefits established under Chapter 115, a program that provides cash assistance based on need.

Veteran and Military Justice-Involved

Justice for Vets: Justice For Vets is dedicated to transforming the way the justice system identifies, assesses and treats our veterans, leading the national effort to put a veterans treatment court in reach of every veteran in need.

Solider On: Veteran Justice Partnership (VJP) Program provides services, treatment options and alternative sentencing for veterans who are facing incarceration. Soldier On’s VJP case managers perform outreach in all jails and courts throughout Western Massachusetts at least once a month. In addition, the case managers represent and advocate for veterans in courts across the state as needed.

Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO)Program: The mission of the Veterans Justice Programs is to identify justice-involved Veterans and contact them through outreach, in order to facilitate access to VA services at the earliest possible point. VJO Specialist Contacts in Massachusetts:
Bedford, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital: Caitlin Aubuchon, Autumn Gray, Carly Wilson
Boston, VA Boston Healthcare System: Thomas Palladino
Brockton, VA Boston Healthcare System: Rachel Seed
Leeds, Northampton VA Medical Center: Marie Demarey,
Worcester, Northampton VA Medical Center: Melissa Barillaro

Veterans and Military Relief Funds

Air Force Aid Society: The Air Force Aid Society is the official charity of the U.S. Air Force and has been meeting the unique needs of Airmen and their families since 1942. Click here to apply for assistance.

Army Emergency Relief (AER) Covid 19: The Army’s own nonprofit; soldiers helping soldiers.

Coast Guard Mutual Assistance: Officials at Coast Guard Mutual Assistance said they are providing loans up to $6,000 for loss of pay by a spouse, needs for child care due to school closure, and lodging and food costs while quarantined. Application can be filed remotely.

Military Heroes Fund COVID-19 Emergency Financial Relief Program: Provides financial assistance to all Veterans, Active Duty, Reserves and National Guard who are experiencing a financial setback due to the negative economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Foundation is prioritizing assistance to those who have lost their primary/only income or have an increased financial burden as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant amount will support 1 month of payment up to $1500 in the following areas: Rent, Mortgage, Auto Loan/Lease, and Utilities (Electric, Water, Heat).

Navy-Marine Corp Relief Society (NMCRS) Covid 19: The mission of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is to provide financial, educational, and other assistance to members of the Naval Service of the United States, eligible family members, and survivors when in need. FAQ document.

Veterans Services Departments (Regional)

Boston Veteran Services Department: Our department oversees the financial assistance program known as Massachusetts General Law Chapter 115. This includes the decoration of veterans’ graves and hero squares on Memorial Day. We also carry out commemorative activities related to Boston veterans. Boston Office of Veterans’ Services Financial Assistance Application.

Lawrence Veterans Services Department: The mission of the Department of Veterans’ Services is to advocate on behalf of all the Commonwealth’s veterans and provide them with quality support services and to direct an emergency financial assistance program for those veterans and their dependents who are in need.

South Hadley Veterans Services Department: The Mission of the South Hadley Veterans Services Department is to help South Hadley Veterans and their dependents access services that were earned by their military service. These services include records retrieval, pension and disability compensation, claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs, employment, training, education programs and bonus/annuity applications.

West Suburban Veterans District (WSVD) Veterans’ Services Department: The Veterans’ Services  essential function is to manage and participate in the administration of various benefits available to eligible veterans and their dependents from the Massachusetts Department of Veteran Services and the U.S. Veterans Administration.

Worcester Veterans Services Department: The Veterans’ Services Division provides support to residents of Worcester who are veterans, currently serving members of the military and their families. Support services vary based on individual circumstances but may include financial aid, reimbursement of medical costs and referral services for a variety of issues such as housing, employment and education.

Veterans and Military Support

Red Cross: Active-duty military members who need help can contact the American Red Cross to be directed to the aid that best fits their need or service at 877-272-7337.

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