Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

Published by
William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
Citizen Information Service

Welfare/Social Services: Veterans

S20 Department of Veterans Services
Executive Office of Health and Human Services
600 Washington Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
Tel: 617-210-5480
Veterans Crisis Line Toll Free: 1-800-273-8255
Toll Free: 1-888-844-2838 (within Mass. only)
Chelsea Soldier's Home: 617-884-5660
Holyoke Soldier's Home: 413-532-9475
Fax: 617-210-5755

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, toll free at 1-800-827-1000. Call for a referral to a regional veterans' outreach center.

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