Veterans’ Laws and Benefits

BRAVE Act

Recent Legislation:

In August of 2018, the Acts of 2018, Chapter 218, (Senate 2632) known as the BRAVE Act was passed providing additional support to veterans and their families. Here is a brief summary of these benefits of which some are still to be implemented. For a complete listing of the Acts of 2018, Chapter 218, (Senate 2632) go to: https://malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2018/Chapter218

Effective immediately:

April 5th shall be designated as Gold Star Wives Day.

The last Sunday in September shall be designated as Gold Star Mothers and Families Day.

Allows Gold Star license plates to be assigned to commercial vehicles.

Provides time off on Memorial Day and Veterans' Day (with, or without pay at the discretion of the employer).

Increases veterans' local property tax work-off program from $1,000.00 to $1,500.00.

Extends the Veterans' Bonus Program administered by the Treasurer's Office

To be implemented:

The Department of Veterans Services shall create, publish, and update annually a list of law firms and organization that provide pro-bono legal representation for veterans.

Parents or surviving guardians of veterans, who died in service for our country to may receive a real estate tax credit on property beginning January 1, 2019.

The Department of Veterans Services in partnership with the Department of Agricultural Resources shall establish the Massachusetts Veterans and Warriors Agriculture Program.

The Treasurer's office shall create a "Payment Appeals Board" to address concerns of verterans who's application for bonuses may have been denied through a hearing process.

Municipalities may designate and reserve for veterans a parking space at their city or town hall.