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Massachusetts Law About Veterans

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Mass VetsAdvisor, Mass. Department of Veterans' Services. Information on federal and state veterans' benefits with a guided search that tailors results to individual veterans, showing only benefits they qualify for.

Resource Guide for Veterans and Servicemembers, Mass. Attorney General's Office, September, 2013. Provides, in one central location, some of the most frequently accessed private and public benefits and services among the thousands of resources available to veterans, military servicemembers and their families in Massachusetts.

Veterans' Laws and Benefits, Secretary of the Commonwealth, May 5, 2013. An overview of the resources and services available to Massachusetts veterans in education, employment, housing, motor vehicles, property taxes, and medical assistance.

Massachusetts Laws

Massachusetts Regulations

108 CMR Department of Veterans' Benefits

Massachusetts Executive Orders

2 EO 546 Establishing the Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business Enterprise Program New!

Federal Laws

Federal Regulations

38 CFR Chapter 1 Department of Veterans Affairs

Selected Case Law

Allen v. Principi, 237 F.3d 1368 (Fed. Cir. 2001) 38 U.S.C. § 1110, which precludes disability benefits for injuries caused by a veteran's alcohol or drug abuse, does not preclude benefits for a veteran whose alcohol or drug problem is a result of or evidence of a service-connected injury.

Casey v. Casey, 79 Mass. App. Ct. 623 (2011) A veteran's disability benefits constitute income for purposes of child support.

Cushman v. Shinseki, 576 F.3d 1290 (Fed. Cir. 2009) Veterans cannot be denied benefits without due process, including notice and fair opportunity to be heard.

D'Amico v. West, 209 F.3d 1322 (Fed. Cir. 2000) "A claim for veteran's disability benefits has five elements: (1) veteran status; (2) existence of a disability; (3) service connection of the disability; (4) degree of disability, and (5) effective date of the disability. The veteran must have been "'discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.'"

Other Web Sources

Bay State Patriot, Mass. Department of Veterans' Services. Newsletter with the updates on programs and services available to Massachusetts veterans.

Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 2012. 194-page book summarizes the programs and services available to veterans and their families under Title 38 of the Unites States Code.

GI Bill Website, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Comprehensive source of information on all educational benefits available under the GI Bill.

Just the Judge for the Job, Mass. Bar Association's Lawyers Journal, January 2013. Report on the Norfolk County Veterans' Treatment Court, a program that provides veterans an alternative to prison. The program is only available at the Dedham District Court. This Norwood Patch story provides more information on the program and plans for expansion.

Local Veterans Services, Mass. Department of Veterans' Services. Information on veterans' services available in local communities, including how to locate the Veterans' Services Officer (VSO) in every town in Massachusetts. The VSO "helps veterans in the community learn about, apply for, and in some cases, receive benefits." Includes a chart of service requirements to be eligible for benefits.

Servicesmembers.gov, U.S. Department of Justice. Information about laws protecting the civil rights of military personnel and veterans.

USERRA Advisor, U.S. Department of Labor. Overview of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) with questions and answers to help veterans learn about their USERRA rights.

Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS), U.S. Department of Labor. Resources to help veterans prepare for meaningful careers, develop expertise, and find employment. Includes section on employment rights.

Veterans' Service Benefits, Mass. Legal Help. Information on the assistance available to veterans and their families who are facing financial hardship in an easy-to-read format.

Print Sources

Federal Veterans Laws, Rules and Regulations, LexisNexis, updated annually.

Massachusetts Practice, vol. 56 (Elder Law), West, 2008 with supplement, sec. 6:1 through sec. 6:52.

The Military Advantage : The Military.com Guide to Military and Veterans Benefits, by Terry Howell, Naval Institute Press, 2012.

Veterans Benefits Manual, National Veterans Legal Services Program, updated annually.