Duties & Responsibilities
Reference MGL, Chapter 115, Sections 3, 7, 9, 10
Massachusetts is the only State to dedicate a program of services to its' veteran population. In accordance with Massachusetts General Law, MGL Chapter 115, each city and town in the Commonwealth is represented by a resident Veterans Service Officer. Smaller communities are combined into a district and administered accordingly.
There are two sources of benefits and services available to eligible veterans in Massachusetts. The first, which is familiar to all veterans, is the Federal Program commonly known as VA benefits. The second source is a State-sponsored program which provides needy, eligible veterans and their dependents with financial and/or medical assistance. Additional information is outlined on this website under Programs.
Primary Mission & Responsibility
The primary mission and responsibility of the local veterans' agent is to advise and assist resident veterans and their dependents in availing themselves of Federal and/or State benefits for which they may be eligible; also, perform varied duties in disbursing and administering the State veterans services program of financial and/or medical benefits referred to above.
The eligibility criteria for State and Federal benefits varies according to source and type of benefit. Inquires pertaining to eligibility should first be directed to the local agent who will provide particulars or refer the matter to a more knowledgeable source. Inquiries are recommended and encouraged either by telephone or email as noted on this website. Personal appointments are also available, preferably, on a call-first basis. All personal data is considered highly confidential.
Financial Assistance Program for Veterans
As a veteran you may be eligible for financial assistance through the State Department of Veterans' Services Chapter 115 Financial Assistance Program. Please reach out to our office so that we can determine your eligibility for benefits. Please contact our office at 781-585-0515 or email us at the office.
You may also use the Massachusetts Vet Benefit Calculator website to determine your preliminary eligibility for assistance. Do not hesitate to reach out.
The Kingston Veterans Memorial Working Group, consisting of both Veterans and non-Veterans, are pleased to bring forward plans for a Kingston Veterans Memorial. The design is the work of Bart Lipinski from the local firm of Grady Consulting.
The goal of the project is to create a Veterans Memorial as part of the front lawn of the Kingston Town House. This site will provide a visible and useful place that is central to the day-to-day life of Kingston residents. It is intended to honor the service of all Veterans, those living and working among us, those who died in service to our country, and those who returned to hardship and difficult circumstances. Importantly to honor all Veterans and their families for the freedoms we all enjoy in our daily lives.