Veterans and family members who are applying for or already receiving Chapter 115 benefits should be aware of new program policies put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, some—but not all—Chapter 115 recipients who are unemployed are required to look for work as part of their eligibility for ongoing benefits. In June […]
Under newly released guidelines, surviving parents or spouses of 100% service-connected disabled veterans who lost their lives after contracting COVID-19 now have easier access to an annuity benefit from the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) that could provide up to $2,000 per year. COVID-19 has taken the lives of more than 10,000 people in […]
Thousands Miss Out on Massachusetts SNAP Benefits In these challenging times, many people who need help to pay for food aren’t getting the assistance they need. At the beginning of this year, over 1.4 million Massachusetts residents were eligible for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) program, commonly called “food stamps.” Unfortunately, more than 600,000 […]
We’re in the midst of an unprecedented crisis. Many people are looking for help in any way they can get it, and it shows in the numbers. Nationally, unemployment benefit numbers have skyrocketed; small businesses are applying for special loans; people are anxiously awaiting their stimulus checks. Everyone needs help, and we’re working to make […]
By Brian MacQuarrie Globe Staff,Updated April 22, 2020, 8:57 a.m. But as more disabled and low-income veterans look to the state Department of Veterans’ Services for help accessing the benefits, they have been stymied by a lack of information on the agency’s website, leaving them unsure where else to turn, advocates for veterans said….
Helping veterans and their families is what the City of Boston’s Veterans’ Services Commissioner Robert Santiago does on a regular basis. Now, as tough economic times have hit due to COVID-19, he is urging veterans to access benefits that are available to many of them right now. M.G.L. Chapter 115 is a state veterans benefits […]