Create a Website Account - Manage notification subscriptions, save form progress and more.
Show All Answers
You may be eligible for VA health care benefits if you served in the active military, naval, or air service and didn't receive a dishonorable discharge.
At least one of these must be true. You:
If none of the previous applies to you, you may still qualify for care based on your income. Learn more about how the amount of money your family makes can affect whether you qualify for VA benefits. Learn more about income limits.
Learn more about eligibility, priority groups, and how to apply.
There are a variety of ways to apply for VA Health Care.
You may use any of the following to request assistance:
Using the VA Disability Calculator.
M.G.L. ch.4, s.7, clause 43 (Massachusetts General Law Chapter 4, Section 7, Clause 43)
To be a "veteran" under Massachusetts law a person is required to have either:
For Guard Members to qualify they must have either:
For Reservists to qualify, they must have been called to regular active duty, at which point their eligibility can be determined by the following chart.
It is not necessary that an applicant has completed the minimum service for wartime or peacetime campaign if s/he served some time in the campaign and was awarded the Purple Heart, or suffered a service-connected disability per the discharge certificate, or died in the service under honorable conditions.
Active service in the armed forces, as used in this clause, shall not include active duty for training in the Army or Air National Guard or active duty for training as a Reservist in the armed forces of the United States.
Any Merchant Marine who served for a period of 90 days in armed conflict between December 7, 1941, and December 31, 1946, and who received an honorable discharge from the Army, Navy, or Coast Guard of the United States.
The following categories of persons may qualify as dependents eligible to receive veterans' benefits:
None of the following shall be deemed to be a veteran:
Note: Naval and Marine DD Form 214 must indicate Expeditionary Medal. All DD Form 214’s must specify the campaign: Lebanon, Granada, or Panama.
For guard members to qualify they must have 180 days and have been activated under Title 10 of the U.S. Code -OR- Members who were activated under Title 10 or Title 32 of the U.S. Code or Massachusetts General Laws, chapter 33, sections 38, 40, and 41 must have 90 days, at least one of which was during wartime, per the previous chart.
For reservists to qualify, they must have been called to regular active duty, at which point their eligibility can be determined by the previous chart.
It is not necessary that an applicant have completed the minimum service for wartime or peacetime campaign if s/he served some time in the campaign and was awarded the Purple Heart, or suffered a service-connected disability per the Discharge Certificate, or died in the service under honorable conditions.
Active duty service in the armed forces shall not include active duty for training in the Army or Air National Guard or active duty for training as a Reservist in the Armed Forces of the United States.
From the Office of William Francis Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.
(This information was obtained and modified from the Veterans Affairs (VA) DIC page.)
To qualify for DIC, a surviving spouse must meet the following requirements. The surviving spouse was one of the following:
And the surviving spouse also must meet both of the following:
To qualify for DIC, a surviving child must meet all of the following criteria:
Listed in the following are the evidence requirements for this benefit:
For more information on how to apply and for tips on making sure your claim is ready to be processed by VA, visit the How to Apply page on the Veteran Affairs site.
The Veterans Administration operates over 100 National Cemeteries around the country, and provides no cost burial for eligible persons. Burial benefits available include a grave site in any cemetery with available space, opening and closing of the grave, perpetual care, a Government headstone or marker, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate at no cost to the family. Some veterans may also be eligible for Burial Allowances.
Cremated remains are buried or inurned in national cemeteries in the same manner and with the same honors as casketed remains. Burial benefits available for spouses and dependents buried in a national cemetery include burial with the veteran, perpetual care, with the spouse or dependents name and date of birth and death inscribed on the veteran's headstone. Eligible spouses and dependents may be buried, even if they predecease the veteran.
The Town lowers the Town Hall flag upon a state or federal order to honor the life, service, and contributions of a deceased person or persons.
For more information, use the following links:
When November 11 falls on a weekday, Government Offices and Public Schools are closed on the true Veterans Day. If the 11th falls on a Saturday, Government Offices and Public Schools may be closed the preceding Friday. The years that November 11th falls on a Sunday, Government Offices and Public Schools are almost always closed the following Monday in observance of Veterans Day. Private schools and businesses may choose whether to follow the local municipal calendar for observed holidays.
Regardless of the local practice for school and workplace closures for Veterans Day, the Danvers Veterans Office almost always conducts its Ceremony to Honor Veterans on November 11, each year, as do the majority of Veterans' Services Offices, and other Veterans organizations in the surrounding cities and towns.
On October 7, 2016, President Obama signed the Veterans Day Moment of Silence Act. The new law requires that the President issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe a two-minute national moment of silence on Veterans Day at 3:11 pm. Atlantic standard time, 2:11 pm eastern standard time, 1:11 pm central standard time, 12:11 pm mountain standard time, 11:11 am. Pacific standard time, 10:11 am. Alaska standard time, and 9:11 am. Hawaii-Aleutian standard time.
Read about how Americans fought to restore Veterans Day to November 11.
Veterans Day is a U.S. federal holiday, observed annually on November 11, to honor the service of all U.S. Armed Forces, from all eras. Read More About the History of Veterans Day.
Both holidays were established to recognize and honor the men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States Armed Forces. Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday in May, was originally set aside as a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle.
While those who died are also remembered on Veterans Day, which is observed on November 11, Veterans Day is intended to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank living Veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served - not only those who died - have sacrificed and done their duty.