- Veterans' Services Department
Veterans' Services Department
The mission of the Southbridge Department of Veterans Services is to advocate on behalf of all the Commonwealth's Veterans, their spouses and dependent children by providing them with quality support with financial and medical assistance in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 115 and CMR 108.
Chapter 115 Veterans Benefits
Provides veteran in need of financial assistance with food, housing, clothing, employment, medical assistance, and burial assistance.
Additionally, we provide referrals and assistance with housing, alternate sources of income, such as Social Security and the VA, employment opportunities, fuel assistance programs, area food banks, shelters, and employment services. We are committed to ensuring that the veterans and their families receive the assistance that they are eligible for and to encouraging them to seek permanent, life-long solutions to their needs.
Currently, the Persian Gulf War Bonus is available to certain disabled veterans or their survivors.
There are a number of exemptions available to certain disabled veterans or their survivors.
Sales and Excise Tax
Certain disabled veterans are eligible for motor vehicle sales and excise tax exemptions. Contact the Assessor's office.
Massachusetts Veterans' Cemeteries
There are two State cemeteries (Agawam and Winchendon) that are available for the commonwealth's deceased veterans, spouses, and dependents.
VA National Cemetery
Massachusetts National Cemetery is located in Bourne, MA. Phone contact is 508-563-7113.
There is a $2000 annuity available for 100% service-connected disabled veterans, parents of a son or daughter and to a spouse whose husband or wife died as a result of injury sustained or disease contracted during active service in time of war, insurrection or combat.
Veterans are given preference for employment for civil service positions or appointment to eligible Federal positions.
Department of Veterans Services has a Women's Veterans Network Program whose mission is to provide women veterans with information on benefits, expand awareness of the needs of woman veterans, and to identify available health and human resources to meet those needs, and to advocate on behalf of women veterans.