We are facing a health emergency that brings with it economic uncertainty for many in our community. To address the additional pressures brought on by changes in work, daycare, or other routines, it is important to spread awareness about the financial safety net programs that exist to help individuals and families in times of hardship.
One such program exists for Massachusetts residents who have served in the military. The Chapter 115 benefits program offers financial assistance to low-income veterans and their families. The help can be monthly or one-time, and is based on need. Dependents and survivors of veterans can also be eligible for Chapter 115 benefits.
Benefits like Chapter 115 exist as a safety net for difficult times, and it’s crucial that everyone who might qualify is aware that help is out there. If you are a veteran, or a dependent of a veteran, please use this Massachusetts Veteran Benefit Calculator to find out if you might be eligible for this assistance.
Everyone can share this information with the veterans in your lives. Uncertainty is inevitable in the coming weeks. A veteran’s ability to put food on the table or keep the lights on, however, should not be an unknown. Unfortunately, the economic impact of this crisis is likely to be felt the hardest by those already the most vulnerable. Let’s do our part to ensure that veterans in the Commonwealth can access the financial help they have earned.