S21 Department of Veterans Services
Executive Office of Health and Human Services
600 Washington Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
Toll Free: 1-888-844-2838 (within Mass. only)
Chelsea Soldier's Home: 617- 884-5660
Holyoke Soldier's Home: 413-532-9475
The Department of Veterans Services is a state financial assistance program based on need, which provides financial, medical, and service benefits to veterans and their dependents. The local veterans' agents in the cities and towns administer the emergency financial and medical assistance programs and initiate applications for cash bonuses to Persian Gulf War veterans. Assistance and referral in the areas of federal compensation and pensions, state and federal educational benefits, tax exemptions, annuities, home loans, and Persian Gulf War Bonuses may also be obtained from this office. An office to handle matters in areas of federal compensation, benefits, or services is located at the federal Department of Veterans Affairs, JFK Federal Building, Room 1575E, Boston, MA 02203, 617-565-2600 or toll free at 1-800-827-1000. Call for a referral to a regional veterans' outreach center. Also, the U.S. Department of Defense's Office of Special Assistance has a database created for Gulf War Veterans seeking recovery of hospital records. Call the office toll free at 1-800-497-6261 for assistance.