Veterans' Guide to Benefits
Other Sources of Assistance
Operation Enduring Freedom - Operation Iraqi Freedom Veterans
Every U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) has a Returning Veteran Coordinator to assist those returning from service in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
For more information on the VA’s programs for returning veterans, visit www.oefoif.va.gov.
The Department of Veterans’ Services has produced a publication with information about rights and benefits specifically for OEF/OIF veterans. The publication, entitled “Welcome Home: Your Guide to Veterans’ Benefits and Rights” can be accessed on the DVS website or you can call to request a copy.
Canines for Combat Veterans
Canines for Combat Veterans is a project of New England Assistance Dog Services (NEADS) based in Princeton, MA. NEADS provides extensive training for service dogs to assist veterans with physical disabilities so that they can maintain their independence. NEADS dogs are granted public access rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
To be eligible to receive a dog, individuals must spend two weeks attending a training course with their dog and pay a fee. NEADS offers fundraising assistance and flexible payment options. It is NEADS’ policy not to deny any application on the basis of the applicant’s ability to pay.
Agent Orange and Gulf War Helpline
VA and many other government departments and agencies have conducted research studies on the possible health effects of Agent Orange exposure on U.S. veterans. VA has recognized certain cancers and other health problems as associated with exposure to Agent Orange. The VA has a toll-free helpline for Vietnam veterans to answer their questions about Agent Orange exposure, healthcare, and benefits. This same toll-free number (800-749-8387) connects callers with a special Persian Gulf War helpline to inform those veterans about medical care and benefits available to them. For more information call the Agent Orange and Gulf War Helpline (800) 749-8387 and visit the website www.va.gov/agentorange.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides a wide range of benefits to U.S. veterans and their families. It offers its benefit system through three major units: the Veterans Benefits Administration, the Veterans Healthcare System, and the National Cemetery Administration. Among the types of benefits that veterans receive through the VA are education and job training, disability compensation, pension payments, life insurance programs, a loan guarantee program, and hospital and medical care services. In addition to medical centers, the healthcare system includes nursing homes, domiciliary, and Vet Centers offering readjustment counseling.
State park parking fee waiver
There is no charge for parking a vehicle with disabled veteran license plates at any state park. For more information contact:
Hanscom AFB Commissary
Active duty military personnel and retirees, members of the Reserve and National Guard, and their families can shop at the Hanscom AFB Commissary to buy quality grocery products at cost.
Legal Assistance by Counties
If you need help with legal matters, contact one of the legal services below, which may offer sliding fee and pro bono services.