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New Veterans are welcome to join the Memorial Day Parade... contact Parks & Recration Dept. for more information (508) 841-8503 or Walter Josti wjosti@aol.com

The Department of Veterans Services is a state mandated service, which provides services to the veteran's, veteran's spouses and their dependents. Its authority is derived from chapter 115 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth. On July 1, 1999, the Town of Shrewsbury entered into a District (D26) with the towns of Grafton and Northborough as part of The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Veterans Services.


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The Veteran's Officer for the Town of Shrewsbury is appointed by the three towns as the District Director of Veterans Services, Veterans Officer and Burial Agent. The Department is supervised by the Office of the Commissioner of Veterans Services and in part by the state for all funds expended.


Richard Perron
Veterans' Agent

Assistance is also rendered in the matter of pension, financial need, filing claims with the Veterans affairs or Social Security, education benefits, home loans, hospitalization and medical care, as well as the time of death of a veteran.

The office requests that all veterans who serviced during a wartime period file a copy of their discharge and DD214 with the Veterans Officer.

Additionally, the office is open to any veteran or service personnel who wished to talk about any matter pertaining to his or her well being. Visitation will be made to those veterans or veteran spouses unable to visit the office.

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Shrewsbury Memorial Day Celebration Information

This year's Memorial Day parade will form at 9:00 a.m. at the Richard D. Carney Municipal Building at 100 Maple Ave. The march will begin at 9:30 and will proceed to the Soldier's Statue at the Police Station, then on to the Soldier's Memorial at the town center before concluding at Mountain View Cemetery.


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Mission

The Department of Veterans Services is a State mandated service, which provides services to veterans, veteran spouses and their dependents. Its authority derived from Chapter 115 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth. On July 1, 1999, the Town of Northborough entered a District (D26) with the Towns of Grafton and Shrewsbury as part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Veterans Services. Veteran Officer for town of Northborough, appointed by the three towns as the District Director of Veterans Services, Veterans Officer and Burial Agent. The Department is supervised by the office of the Secretary of Veterans Services and in part by the State for all funds expended.

Tom being sworn in as new secretary of department of Veteran services
Tom Kelley being sworn in as new secretary of department of Veteran services.

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Veterans Department
  The basic concept of creating fiscal assistance to veterans, veteran spouses and dependents had it roots in legislation established in 1861. It was also a concept that became a Legislative way and method of paying to its veterans. Services of this Department are available to all Northborough veterans, veteran’s spouses and their dependents.

Assistance is also rendered in matters for a pension, financial need, filing claims with the Veterans Administration or Social Security, educational benefits, home loans, hospitalization and medical care, as well as at the time of the death of a veteran.

The Department requests that all veterans file a copy of their discharge and DD214 with the Veterans Officer.

Additionally, the Department is open to any veteran or service personnel who wishes to talk about any matter pertaining to his or her well being.

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Office Hours Department of Veterans Services
SHREWSBURY
MONDAY
08:30 AM TO 12:00 PM
THURSDAY
08:30 AM TO 3:45 PM

ANYTIME BY APPOINTMENT

IF YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY CALL DISTRICT VETERAN DIRECTOR and/or OFFICER.

NORTHBOROUGH
TUESDAY
08:30 AM TO 3:45PM
FRIDAY
08:30AM TO 12:30PM

GRAFTON
MONDAY
12:30 PM TO 3:45 PM
WEDNESDAY
08:30 AM TO 3:45 PM

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

BENEFITS AND SERVICES

HISTORY
Since 1861, from its first commitment to Civil War veterans, their spouses and their dependents, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts had demonstrated solid concern and compassion for those men and women who have displayed sacrifice, valor, and duty when their state and nation called upon them. The Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services and supports a network and benefits to ensure that none of the 600,000 veterans in Massachusetts today, who served in time of war, nor their 1.2 million dependents will go hungry, be homeless, or be medically deprived.

Following World War II, the Legislature redrafted Massachusetts General Law (M.G.L), Chapter 115 establishing the position of Secretary of Veterans’ Services, who has the responsibility for the proper administration of M.G.L, Chapter 115. This program provides the necessary support for the veterans with the dignity and the sensitivity to which they are entitled, in view of the sacrifices they have made for their country. The dependents of the deceased veterans are also provided with the same benefits.

It is the Veterans’ Service Officer to whom the unemployed, the indigent, the disabled, the ill, or the veterans otherwise in need, first apply for assistance. Appointed by the mayors or selectmen of the cities and towns in Massachusetts, the Veterans’ Service Officers interview the applicants, determine their eligibility, and file requests for assistance with the Commissioner of Veterans’ Services. Veterans’ Service Officers are available to anyone seeking information or assistance in the area of veteran’s benefits and services. They may be reached at their city/town halls.

The support that the Commonwealth gives to a deserving segment of our population through the locally based veterans’ assistance programs is unlike that of any other in the nation of the envy of other states.

“A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards. More than that no man is entitled to, and less than that, no man shall have.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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Offices and Contacts

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Boston 02203
JFK Federal Bldg., Government Center
Local: 227-4600
Statewide: 1-800-827-1000
Towns of Fall River & New Bedford, counties of Barnstable, Dukes, Nantucket, Bristol, pat of Plymouth served by Providence, R.I., RO)

VVA Service Reps

Thomas G. Kelley, Secretary
c/o Department of Veterans Services
600 Washington Street
Suite 1100
Boston, MA 02111

Richard S. Earley
c /o Department of Veterans Services – Mass.
600 Washington Street
Suite 1100
Boston, MA 02111
Ph (617) 727-3678, Ext. 113

State Outreach Centers

Gardener
Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center

294 Central Street
Gardner, MA 01440
Geraldine Fessler, Exec. Director
Ph (508) 632-9601
Fx (508) 632-9857

Transition Houses

Worcester
Central MA Shelter for Homeless Veterans

69 Grove Street
Worcester, MA 01605
Tara O’connor, Exec. Director
Ph (508) 791-5438
Fx (508) 791-5296

Gardener
Gardner Transitional Housing (Unity House)

52 South Main Street
Gardner, MA 01440
Geraldine Fessler, Exec. Director
Ph (508) 630-2427

Clinics

Worcester 01605
605 Lincoln Street, (508)-856-0104

Medical Centers

Bedford 01730
200 Springs Rd., (617) 275-7500

Boston 02130
150 S. Huntington Ave., (617)232-9600


Brockton 02401

940 Belmont St., (508) 583-4500

Northampton 01060
421 N. Main St., (413) 584-4040

West Roxbury 02132
1400 VFW Pkwy., (617) 323-7700

Vet Centers

Worcester 01605
605 Lincoln St., (508) 856-7428

National Cemeteries

Massachusetts
Bourne 02532, (508) 563-7113/4

Toll-Free Service
Benefits Information and Assistance

Each VA benefit has its own eligibility requirements. For more information about specific benefits, you may visit the nearest VA office or call:

1-800-827-1000

 

Special Toll-Free Numbers
Health Benefits 877-222-8387
Education Benefits 888-442-4551
VA Life Insurance 800-669-8477
Office of SGLI 800-419-1473
CHAMPVA 800-733-8387
Gulf War 800-749-8387
Headstones
(Status of claims only)
800-697-6947
Telecommunication
Device for Deaf (TDD)
800-829-4833

Direct Deposit www.state.ma.us/veterans/

Apply for Compensation, Pension or Vocational Rehabilitation benefits on line:

http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/

VA Web-Site

For more information and links to our regional offices, visit our web-site at:

www.va.gov

Look at our specialty pages:

Compensation and Pension Benefits
Education – Environmental Exposure
Health Care – Home loans – Insurance
Minority Veterans – Women Veterans
Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment


 

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