Federal and National Veterans Resources

US Department of Veterans Affairs

DAV

eBenefits

Explore VA

Military Handbooks

Military.Com

Tax Information for Veterans

 

Massachusetts and Metrowest Veterans Resources

Mass.Gov Veterans Resources

 

Framingham Veterans Resources

Town of Framingham Veterans Service Officer (Peter Harvel USA)

 

State and Federal Education Benefits

Mass Dept of Higher Education Veterans Education Information

Tuition Waiver

Veterans Guide to Educational Benefits

 

Caregivers

VA Caregiver Support Program – Programs to help caregivers with self-care needs, including information and training to help.

Fisher House Program – These homes provide a place for families and caregivers to live when they are taking a veteran to one of the major VA Medical Centers for treatment.

Omnibus - Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2011 -  additional VA services are now available to seriously injured post-9/11 Veterans and their Family Caregivers through a new program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers.

Respite Care – This service from the VA pays for an individual to come to the veteran’s home so that the veteran’s main caregiver can leave the home for a few hours or a few days.

 

Disability

Housing Modification

 

Employment

US Department of Labor Veteran Preference Information

Feds Hire Vets

 

Fraud and Abuse

Adult Protective Services – Use Adult Protective Services if you suspect your loved one has been a victim of fraud. This social services program provides seniors and adults with disabilities with help in cases of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

 

Health

Aid and Attendance - The veterans Aid and Attendance (A&A) pension provides benefits that reduce the cost of care for veterans and surviving spouses who require assisted living.

Cancer - Resources for vets and families living with cancer

Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs – This program covers eligible beneficiaries of veterans that are not covered under TRICARE. This program includes spouses or children of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled, are killed, or who died after being rated permanently and totally disabled. This may also apply to family members of those killed in the line of duty.

Massachusetts Veterans Healthcare Locations

Medicare and Medicaid – Veterans may be eligible for programs like Medicare and Medicaid based on income and age, just like members of the general population. The only difference is that they may also receive VA benefits without hurting their Medicaid eligibility. Elderly or disabled veterans are encouraged to apply for these programs and the help they may provide.

Tricare

VA Sponsered Verterans Health Care Program - If you served in the active military, naval or air service and are separated under any condition other than dishonorable, you may qualify for VA health care benefits.

 

Housing, Homeowners, and Home Buying

Acquired Property Sales for Homeless Providers Program – This program allows the VA to sell its foreclosed properties to homeless provider organizations at a discount, provided the organization will use the housing for homeless veterans’ needs

Enhanced-Use Lease Program (EUL) – This program offers the VA the chance to use its land and buildings in supportive housing and related projects for at-risk veterans through leases with eligible private entities.

Operation Welcome Home

Housing Modification for Disabled

HUD - VASH - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) – This program gives vets who are eligible for VA health care access to rental assistance vouchers for privately owned housing.

VA Home Loan Program

 

Emergency Housing and Food

Acquired Property Sales for Homeless Providers Program – This program allows the VA to sell its foreclosed properties to homeless provider organizations at a discount, provided the organization will use the housing for homeless veterans’ needs

Debt, Credit and Foreclosure Issues

Enhanced-Use Lease Program (EUL) – This program offers the VA the chance to use its land and buildings in supportive housing and related projects for at-risk veterans through leases with eligible private entities.

Home Loan Guarantee

Homes for Disabled Veterans

Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program – This program offers grants to governments and nonprofits to be used to create and operate transitional housing for homeless veterans.

Homelessness

National Call Center for Homeless Veterans

Shelter and Transitional Housing

New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans

 

Legal

S.591 - Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act of 2017

 

Loan Deliquency

VA Streamline Refinance. This is officially known as the Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan (IRRRL), or a loan that will lower your interest rate to decrease your monthly payment. If your loan is a high-interest loan, talk to your lender about refinancing to an IRRRL, rather than going into foreclosure.

USA Cares offers housing assistance grants for veterans who are facing foreclosure.

HOPE NOW. This program offers financial counseling and relief measures that can help homeowners of all types, including veterans, find a way to avoid foreclosure. Call 888-995-HOPE for help.

VA refunding. This is only available when the veteran can’t make payments due to circumstances beyond his or her control, but the problems have improved. In these instances, the VA will purchase or “refund” the loan, and the borrower repays the loan through the VA instead of through the lender.

 

PTSD and TBI

Home Base -- Innovative support for vets and their families. Focused on post 911, but does offer some support for Vietnam-era.

 

Veterans Organizations

Amvets Post 79, Natick

Jewish War Veterans of the United States Metrowest Detachment Post 157(Larry Herson)

Marine Corps League Department of Massachusetts

VFW Post 1274, Natick

 

Women Veterans

Homeless Women Veterans

 

Other Resources