Veterans’ Services

Massachusetts Resources for Veterans

Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services (DVS) – Web site provides resources on benefits, employment, training, education benefits, housing, outreach and counseling and more for veterans and their dependents.

Local Veterans’ Service Officer (VSO) – Every Massachusetts city and town has a local veterans’ service officer to assist veterans applying for receiving state and federal benefits.

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) – DAV NSOs are highly trained, professional experts who have undergone comprehensive training program in veterans’ affairs. NSOs function as attorneys-in-fact, assisting veterans and their families in filing claims for VA disability compensation and pension; vocational rehabilitation and employment; education; home loan guaranty; life insurance; death benefits; health care and much more. All services provided by DAV NSOs are free of charge.
VA Regional Office
JFK Federal Building
Government Center, Rm 1575B
Boston MA
Phone: 617-303-5675

Home-Base Program – The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital joined forces to create the Home-Base Program which is a partnership designed to help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their families. Working in cooperation with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Home Base Program supports and serves veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars who are experiencing emotional and psychological difficulties readjusting to civilian life following deployment.
Phone:  617-724-5202

Brain Injury

According to Stars and Stripes, the military newsletter, “as many as 60% of soldiers who survive external injuries from bomb blasts may have a brain injury.  “Symptoms include headaches, memory problems, irritability, trouble organizing thoughts and difficulty finding words.

Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services has a Toll Free TBI Helpline for Veterans
Phone:  888-838-1824

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission Statewide Head Injury Program – This program provides a range of community-based services to persons who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI), including: case management, social/recreational programs, skills training via regionally-based head injury centers, respite, residential services/programs, and family support services. Call Felisha Bennet, Veteran Program Coordinator.
Phone: 617-204-3662, 800-223-2559 ext 2 (toll-free)

Statewide Advocacy for Veteran’s Empowerment (SAVE) – The fundamental principle of the SAVE program is to advocate for veterans who are not able to obtain the benefits they have earned due to institutional or personal barriers. The program’s primary mission is prevention of suicide and mental health distress through the identification of issues facing veterans when they return from service and proactively providing them with access to benefits and services that may address these issues and result in positive transitions back to civilian life. SAVE acts as a liaison between veterans and their families and the various agencies within the federal and state governments.

Boston Office:
SAVE Team
Department of Veterans’ Service
600 Washington St., 7th floor
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617-210-5743 or 888-844-2838
Email: save@massmail.state.ma.us

Chelsea Office:
SAVE Team
Chelsea Soldiers’ Home
91 Crest Avenue, Building D
Chelsea, MA 02150
617-210-5743

Holyoke Office:
SAVE Team
Holyoke Soldiers’ Home
110 Cherry Street, Office 065
Holyoke, MA 01040
617-210-5743

Emotional Support

Veterans Crisis Line – Confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text options.
Phone: 800 273-8255

Strategic Outreach to Families of All Reservists (SOFAR) –  Pro bono, mental health project that provides free psychological support, psychotherapy, psycho-education and prevention services to extended family of reserve and national guard deployed during the Global War on Terrorism from time of alert through the period of reunion and reintegration.
Email: help@sofarusa.org

National Center for PTSD – Information for veterans and families.
Program of US Dept of Veterans Affairs  Website:
Crisis Hotline: 800-273-8255
Female Vets Hotline: 855-829-6636

Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers: Readjustment Counseling Service – Readjustment counseling is a wide range of psycho social services offered to eligible Veterans and their families in the effort to make a successful transition from military to civilian life.
Phone: 877-927-8387

PTSD Coach – Mobile Application – If you have, or think you might have PTSD, this app is for you. Family and friends can also learn from this app. PTSD Coach was created by the VA’s National Center for PTSD.

Women Veterans

The Women’s Veterans’ Network – The Women Veterans’ Network of the Department of Veterans’ Services is the central resource for women veterans in Massachusetts.

 Most Frequently Asked Questions of Massachusetts’ Women Veterans – Questions and information for women veterans.

Additional Veterans Links

Joining Forces –  Works hand in hand with the public and private sectors to ensure that service members, veterans, and their families have the tools they need to succeed throughout their lives.  This is historical material “frozen in time”. The website is no longer updated and links to external websites and some internal pages may not work.

Homes for Our Troops –  Builds specially adapted homes for the most severe injured veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Phone: 866-7-TROOPS  866-787-6677
Email: info@hfotusa.org

 

Fact Sheet last updated on: 9/25/2017