The office will be closed Monday, February 16th in observance of President's Day.
Regular Business Hours
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Monday - Thursday
(Thu. - 8A-Noon @ Cameron Sr. Cntr.)
Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm by appointment only
Please call (978) 392-1170 to schedule an appointment.
The Town of Westford Veterans Services Department is not affiliated with the US Department of Veterans Affairs!
Mission Statement: The Town of Westford's Veterans Services Department's mission is to honor and serve veterans and their families. By serving as their principal advocate, we are ensuring that they receive the care, support and recognition earned in service to their country.
The department advises residents as to the availability of federal and state services and benefits to which they are entitled to. In addition, the department provides financial assistance to qualifying veterans, surviving spouses and their dependents.
This department also assists veterans in applying for federal VA benefits, such as service connected compensations, non-service connected disability pensions, medical benefits, home loans, educational benefits, death and burial benefits, as well as pension benefits for those veterans in assisted living or are housebound.
Financial Aid – If you are a veteran, dependant of a veteran or a widow/widower of a veteran and struggling financially, you may be entitled to assistance. Assistance is based on your income and assets, means-based. This benefit is under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 115.
Help for Veterans in danger of foreclosure – To obtain help from a VA financial counselor, veterans can call VA toll-free at 1-877-827-3702 or visit the VA's home loan guaranty program. Web site http://www.homeloans.va.gov
Education – All Massachusetts veterans are entitled to free tuition at Massachusetts’ state colleges and universities. Be sure to see the Veterans Representative at the college you plan to attend, or are attending, to maximize your state and GI Bill Benefits.
Suicide Prevention – The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hrs a day 800-273-TALK (8255). PTSD is a real item for all who served from D-Day to Fallujah.
VA headstones, markers and medallions - VA offers a service-related medallion as an alternative to a headstone or marker to eligible veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnishes upon request, at no charge to the applicant, a Government headstone or marker for the unmarked grave of any deceased eligible Veteran in any cemetery around the world, regardless of their date of death.
Welcome Home Bonus – Have you received your Massachusetts Welcome Home Bouns? Active Duty service during WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf and the Global War on Terror (OEF/OIF/GWOT) means you are entitled to a Welcome Home Bonus. Amounts vary depending on assignment and there is no time limit on applying for this bonus. Current award for the GWOT is $1,000 for service in Afghanistan and Iraq or $500 for service in other locations. Update: Multiple Welcome Home Bonuses are now authorized. Under new legislation, enacted November 2009, veterans serving multiple deployments since September 11, 2001 are eligible for multiple bonuses:
Multiple Welcome Home Bonus Requirements:
1. Must show six months to one-year residency in Massachusetts before latest deployment.
2. Must have received your original Welcome Home Bonus under Chapter 130 Acts of 2005.
3. Service inside of Iraq/Afghanistan, or at least 180 days of active Foreign Service.
4. Veteran must have received an honorable discharge
5 Years of Cost Free Health Care – OEF/OIF combat Veterans can receive cost free medical care for any condition related to their service in the Iraq/Afghanistan theater for five years after the date of their discharge or release. In order to take advantage of these benefits, OEF/OIF Vets need to enroll in VA's health care system. Don't delay!
What benefits/resources are available to veterans - Here is a 90 minute webcast session done on June 16, 2009 with a lot of Q&A and solid information about what is available to Massachusetts veterans and returning service members. Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2o5M_jEO1yE
VA Loans - Veterans, did you know that you can buy a home with no money down and virtually no out of pocket expenses? The Department of Veterans Affairs offers home loans like this to veterans. Read more about this extremely beneficial program at the following link http://www.mortgageloan.com/veterans/
Disabled Westford veterans... Do you qualify for a real estate tax exemption? Check for eligibility at this link. Download the application at this link.
IRS and VA Disability Benefits - Do not include disability benefits you receive from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in your gross income. In particular some of the payments which are considered disability benefits include:
• Disability compensation and pension payments for disabilities paid either to veterans or their families,
• Grants for homes designed for wheelchair living,
• Grants for motor vehicles for veterans who lost their sight or the use of their limbs, or
• Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program.
The VA publishes an annual benefits booklet, a comprehensive guide for Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors. If you are a military retiree and receive your disability benefits from the VA, see IRS Publication 525 for more information.