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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, and provide them with quality support services, and to direct an emergency financial assistance program for those veterans and dependents who are in need due to financial straits
Chapter 115 Veterans Benefits: Provides veteran in need of financial assistance with food, housing, clothing, employment, and medicasl and buriul assistance.
Bonuses: Currently, the Persion Gulf War Bonus is available to certain disabled veterans or their survivors.
Property Tax: There are a number of exemptions available to certain disabled veterans or their survivors.
Sales & Excise Tax: Certain disabled veterans are eligible for a motor vehicle sales and excise tax exemptions. Contact the Department of revenue.
Massachusetts Veterans’ Cemeteries: There are two State cemeteries (Agawam & Winchendon) that are available to inter the commonwealth’s deceased veterans, spouses, and dependents.
VA National Cemetery:Massachusetts National Cemetery is located at Bourne on Cape Cod.
Annuity: Ther is a $2000.00 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
Employment: Veterans are given preference for employment on the eligibility list for civil service positions.
Woman Veterans: Department of Veterans services has a Woman’s Veterans Network Program whose mission is to provide these woman 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 woman veterans.
Michael J. Trombley, Veterans Services Officer for the Town of Southbridge, can be contacted Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. If you have any questions or concerns with any of the above information. Please call (508) 764-5436, or e-mail at [email protected].