Here at the Department of Veterans Services our job is to advocate and provide a comprehensive array of Veterans programs and services to West Springfield Veterans in a culture of honor and respect for their military service.
To be the Town of West Springfield Veterans Services agency renowned for leadership, innovation, and Veteran oriented services leading to long term positive outcomes for our Veterans and our community.
The Chapter 115 Benefits Program is run by the Massachusetts Department Veterans’ Services (DVS). DVS runs the program in partnership with local Veterans’ Service Officers (VSOs).
The Program provides financial aid for food, shelter/housing, clothing, and medical care to veterans and their dependents who have limited incomes.
Every town or district in Massachusetts has a Veterans’ Service Officer (VSO).
VSOs must assist veterans and their dependents in learning about, applying for, and receiving Chapter 115 benefits. VSOs can also help you in applying, appealing, and receiving VA compensation and pension.
Your local VSO handles applications, gets approval from DVS, and gives out benefits. The program is funded by a combination of state and local funds. DVS pays for 75% and your city or town pays for 25% of approved benefits.