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The West Suburban Veterans' District (WSVD) works independently and in accordance with state laws and regulations, manages and participates in the administration of benefits available to eligible veterans and their dependents. All Veteran's Agents receive guidance and oversight by the Commonwealth's Secretary of Veterans' Services. The WSVD provides assistance to veterans in assessing benefits, identifying federal, state, and local programs, providing referrals for employment and training, housing, and medical care. Please call to arrange a personal consultation with the Director or Deputy Director of Veteran's Services.
What Every Massachusetts Veteran Needs To Know
To learn more about benefits to which Massachusetts Veterans and their spouses may be entitled to click here.
Camp Lejeune Proposed Expanded Disability Benefits
The VA plans to Propose Expanded Disability Benefits Eligibility for Veterans Exposed to Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune. The VA announces its plan to propose eight conditions for presumptive service-connection related to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. The proposal would also expand benefit eligibility to Reserve and National Guard personnel who served at Camp Lejeune for any length of time from August 1, 1953, through December 31, 1987. For more information click here.
Gulf War Illness
A recent Boston University study shows that exposure to toxins employed by the U. S. military are a main cause of Gulf War Illness. For more information click here.
Veterans Real Estate Tax Abatements!
There are three levels of abatements, in terms of what the towns abate. The critical issue is that not all Towns do “mail outs" and we have no idea who might have received an award letter during the last year.
All abatements are due to the towns by 28 March, there are no do overs. In Needham that could mean up to a $1,100 rebate on your real estate taxes - but you have to do the paperwork. First year requires a copy of your VA award letter and if you experience an increase then that could mean a larger rebate. Questions can be asked of the Assessor’s Office in any town and/or your town veterans’ agent. For more information on Veterans property tax exemption please click here.
Wounded Warriors Project
CBS Evening News reported on the Wounded Warriors Project during their January 26th
broadcasts. To read the transcript of this report click here
. The broadcasted video can be seen by going to the CBS Evening News website.GreenCare for Troops and SnowCare for Troops
Are you a Military Family with a loved one deployed or a Wounded/Disabled Veteran who needs free lawn care or snow removal or you are a Volunteer looking to offer your services please click
here to learn how to become involved in this program.
UPCOMING VETERANS' EVENTS
Every Sunday evening from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. on WRKO AM 680 listen to "Sound Off" about issues and events that concern veterans. With only 0.5% of the population currently serving in the military it is important to get the word out not only to veterans but the public as well about issues, events, benefits, services, etc. for veterans and their families. The show is hosted by John MacGillivray and Kyle Toto.
Every Thursday night from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. on 95.9 WATD-FM listen to Veteran's Voice Radio hosted by Gregg Brasso from Marshfield, MA. The show includes discussion on veterans' topics such as: Careers, Housing, Family Services, Education, G.I. Bill, Government Benefits, Women's Veterans Issues, and Stories from Veterans. For more information click here.
May 6th and 7th the World Cup Bull Riders will be performing at the Shriner's Auditorium in Wilmington. Veterans, after showing proof, will be admitted for $1.00 to the Saturday, May 7th noon show only. For more information please click here.
Wednesday, May 11th, Best Ball Charity Golf Classic starting at 9:00 a.m. For more information check out the Veterans Inc website or call 508-791-1213 x154
Saturday, May 14th, Ranger Rally from 6:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. at Whiskey Priest, 150 Northern Avenue in Boston. Appetizers & Cash Bar $20/per person. To see the event flyer please click here. To RSVP and for additional information email Ken Morrell
Tuesday, May 24th, Boston Hiring Expo with the Boston Red Sox, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. For additional information click here.
May 20th - 30th honors MA Fallen Heroes Patriot Week For more information look at the MA Fallen Heroes website
Sunday, May 29th from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. join the Veterans of North Andover and Boxford in honoring the memory of the Fallen. For more information please click here.
Friday, June 17th Veterans Inc. 11th Annual Stand Down Program from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in Worcester. For more information check out the Veterans Inc website, call 800-482-2565 or email StandDown
August 18th - 21st The Wall That Heals the Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Museum will be displayed at The Big E in Springfield, MA. For more information check out The Wall That Heals website
OTHER VETERAN'S INFORMATION
Check out MassVetsAdvisor to learn about Benefits and Programs for which you and your family may be eligible.
Heidrea4Heroes provides resources and support designed to deliver positive change to veterans in southeastern Massachusetts. For more information please click here.
Community Recovery Connections Team – CRCT – has Peer Specialists Helping Veterans to Build Bridges to Wellness – connecting Veterans to social support networks in their community. For more information about how CRCT may be able to assist you or someone you know, please click here.
Quabbin Mediation provides Mediation Services by Veterans for Veterans. Members of Veterans Mediation understand the military experience and have the skills to provide mediation services to veterans, active military, National Guard and Reserves, and their families. For more information please click here.
Affordable Veterans Housing Available at Merrimac Landing in Tyngsboro, MA.