Veterans’ Laws and Benefits

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A Message from the Secretary of the Commonwealth

Dear Massachusetts Veteran,

The Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth is pleased to present this publication of Veterans' Laws and Benefits, a compilation of resources regarding major state benefits in the areas of education, employment, housing, motor vehicles, property taxes, and medical assistance. Information regarding recent amendments to federal and state legislation on employment rights and federal burial benefits is also offered.

I am particularly pleased to include information specifically for members of the Guard and Reserve.

This guide provides references to appropriate agencies for information on eligibility and the application process as well as the responsibilities of local veterans' agents who assist veterans with referral and emergency assistance.

I would like to express my appreciation to the state Department of Veterans' Services for their continued assistance in helping us keep this guide up-to-date.

I hope veterans and their families find this booklet a useful source of information.


William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth