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Veterans News & Upcoming Events

December 30, 2009

Are you a veteran or do you have a family member or loved one who has returned from active duty?  The Commonwealth has a number of resources available to help veterans understand benefits and reintegrate into civilian life.

Below are some updates and resources.

Changes to the Persian Gulf War Bonus

Under authority for Chapter 132, Acts of 2009, active duty personnel are now eligible to apply for the Persian Gulf War bonus. Previously, service members had to be discharged from Active Service in order to apply for the bonus.

Active duty personnel who performed 30 days active duty in the Gulf war zone between August 2, 1990 and April 11, 1991 and are in receipt of the Southwest Asia service medal may submit the application along with a form completed and signed by their commanding officer. A W-9 form for resident verification is also required for processing.

All forms will be available for downloading at www.mass.gov/veterans. Once on the home page, look under “Benefits” and click on the “Bonuses” link for further details concerning the Persian Gulf War bonus.

9th Edition of the Veterans’ Laws and Benefits Book Available

The Department of Veterans’ Services and the Secretary of State’s Office, Citizen Information Service just completed the 9th edition of the Veterans’ Laws and Benefits book. This comprehensive publication is essential for Massachusetts Veterans. Recent legislation, suicide prevention resources, the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and green job training are some of the new content for this edition of the book.  A link to the Veterans’ Laws and Benefits book can be found at www.mass.gov/veterans.
 
To order a hard copy of this book, please call the Secretary of State’s Office, Citizen Information Service. The books can be ordered by calling Brenda Jalbert at the Citizen Information Service, 617-727-7030/800-392-6090, or by emailing: brenda.jalbert@sec.state.ma.us.

Financial Literacy and Counseling

The Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) has teamed up with the Boston Bar Association Bankruptcy Section to create a free financial literacy program for veterans and their families.  This program will cover credit card debt, foreclosures, bankruptcy as an option, and other financial matters.  The presenters are attorneys Don Lassman and Mark Rossi.  This program is scheduled for February 3, 2010 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Franco American Hall at 535 Western Avenue in Lynn; parking will be available.  Registration is required.  To register for this free event please contact Gail Cavanaugh-McAuliffe at DVS at (617) 210-5782 before the day of the event to reserve your spot.

Upcoming Events
 
Operation Total Warrior Reintegration Event: January 9th and 10th, 8 am – 4pm, Holiday Inn, Mansfield 
 
Veterans’ Benefits Open House: January 20th, 7-9 PM, Military and Family Support Center, 14 Minuteman Lane, Wellesley. Discussion will be on the GI Bill and other Massachusetts Education Programs for veterans. 
 
Operation Total Warrior Pre-Mobilization Event: February 7th, Worcester DCU.

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