The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has the most comprehensive veterans’ services program of any state in the nation. These Veterans’ Benefits are in addition to those benefits provided by the Veterans administration. Assistance for these programs is administered locally in your City hall Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS).
Besides providing medical and financial assistance when needed, we also provide the following services: filing for VA disability compensation and pension, annuities, real estate tax abatements, lost discharges, domiciliary care, nursing home care, health care enrollment, outpatient pharmacy services, agent orange and gulf war claims, alcohol and drug dependence treatment, education and training, home loan guarantees, service life insurance, burial benefits including headstones and markers, women veterans issues, homeless veterans, replacing military records and medals, review of discharges, social security and SSI assistance, veterans’ preference in employment and housing, along with many more benefits and entitlements!
Veterans are encouraged to file a copy of their discharge papers (DD-214), with the local Veterans office. When filing for any veterans benefits, this document is the only proof acceptable that you are a veteran. Surviving spouses of veterans also need this document to receive any benefits they may be entitled. Remember, this document is the most important document that you will ever have.
The City of Newton Department of Veterans Services is a one-stop center for veterans and their dependents. We are committed to aid, counsel, assist and offer advice. We pride ourselves in delivering accurate, courteous, timely service.