Guide to Veterans Services

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This brochure provides:

  • The mission and history of the Department of Veterans Services
  • The services your local Veterans' Service Officer (VSO) can assist with and how to find your VSO
  • The criteria to be considered a "veteran" under Massachusetts law, including dates of eligibility and length of service requirement
  • Veterans Bill of Rights
  • Veterans Crisis Line contact information
  • Frequently asked questions and resources
  • A brief overview of local, state & Federal benefits that may be available to veterans and their families
  • Local VA Medical Center information
  • Burial Benefits
  • Information specific to women veterans and National Guardsmen and Reservists
  • How to obtain and/or request correction to service records and request replacement service awards
  • Information on veteran shopping benefits, including at military installations and online
  • Information about local veterans' organizations
  • Information on military monuments in Westport and throughout Massachusetts