West Suburban Veterans' District

Stanley W. Spear, Jr.

Director of Veterans Services



Phone: (781) 489-7509

Fax:      (781) 489-7474


John MacGillivray
Deputy Director


Phone: (781) 489-7509  
Fax: (781) 489-7474

Deputy Director John MacGillivray hosts the radio show “Sound Off” that is broadcast
on Sunday evenings from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. on WRKO AM 680. “Sound Off” is a show by, for and about Veterans.

            The West Suburban Veterans' District (WSVD) works independently and in accordance with state laws and regulations, manages and participates in the administration of benefits available to eligible veterans and their dependents.  All Veteran's Agents receive guidance and oversight by the Commonwealth's Secretary of Veterans' Services.  The WSVD provides assistance to veterans in assessing benefits, identifying federal, state, and local programs, providing referrals for employment and training, housing, and medical care.  Please call to arrange a personal consultation with the Director or Deputy Director of Veteran's Services.  Stanley Spear serves as the District Director.  John MacGillivray is replacing Mathew Ching as the Deputy Director. Mathew Ching is going to work with veterans at the state level. Sally Rose provides administrative support.

The Meadowbrook School in Weston offers an Endowed Veteran's Scholarship for kids Pre-K through 8th grade. For more information contact Kristen Corbin, the Director of Enrollment Management by email Kristin Corbin <kcorbin@meadowbrook-ma.org or refer to this link:


Upcoming Events for Veterans

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Information for all women veterans within the state.  

As summer starts winding down, we are looking forward to the fall and all the excellent
women veteran focused events coming up!
We’re also working on our Fall/Winter
newsletter, if you know of an interested veteran who may be interested in being
featured in our upcoming newsletter please email

Upcoming Events: 

Do you know a homeless Veteran 55+ that is looking for permanent housing?

On Monday, November 30th there will be two information sessions about the Bedford Green, during which we will be taking applications. Bedford Green (currently under construction on the Bedford VA campus) will provide permanent housing (one bedroom units) with an array of supportive services for its resident population that will be comprised of homeless Veterans 55+.  For more information please read below, and click here.

What:     Information session about VASH Bedford Green, scheduled to open  Spring 2016

When:             November 30, 2015

10am-12pm or 2:30pm-4:30pm

Where:            Theatre, Bedford VA

Who:                Eligible Veterans who are 55+

Admission Criteria

·         Veterans age 55+

·         Homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness (documentation required)

·         Registered with the Bedford VA Medical Center.

·         Identified need for & willingness to participate in case management services

·         Not be listed on the lifetime sexual offender registry

·         Earn under $32,950.00 per year (approximately, amount may vary depending upon family size)

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Women Veteran Virtual Job Fair

When:   Dec 8th, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. ( EST )

Where:  www.womenveterans.com

Sponsored by Verizon


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Check out MassVetsAdvisor to learn about Benefits and Programs for which you and your family may be eligible.

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Listen to Veteran's Voice Radio hosted by Gregg Brasso every Thursday night from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. on 95.9 WATD-FM from Marshfield, MA. The show includes discussion on veterans' topics such as: Careers, Housing, Family Services, Education, G.I. Bill, Government Benefits, Women's Veterans Issues, and Stories from Veterans. For more information click here


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If you are a Veteran looking to attend schooling to further advance your skills check out The Warrior Scholar Project (http://www.warrior-scholar.org). This project has immersive programming to help veterans at any age get ready for higher education.

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US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine Research Study
A research study at the US Army Institute of Environmental Medicine in Natick, MA is being conducted to determine the effects of eating the Meal, Ready-to-Eat (MRE) military ration on gut health. Volunteers will be compensated up to $200 for completing the study. To learn more about this study, please click here.

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Spend a day at the Center of Excellence, receive a check for $210 and contribute to a Research Opportunity for Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. To learn more about research specifically designed for our military click here.

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Norfolk County RSVP Volunteer Program


if you have some time to volunteer please consider helping a veteran in Norfolk County.

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Employment and Training Resources for Veterans

Veterans Boot Camp at ETR in Norwood 

Boot Camp Video

Employment & Training Resources

Veterans Inc. Call of Duty Employment Assistance helps veterans to find high quality careers by supporting and preparing them for the job market by raising awareness of the value vets bring to the marketplace.

Employment Opportunity at Logan, as well as other locations, for Military Aviation Ground Support Equipment (GSE) Aeronautical Ground Equipment (AGE) technicians. After a short orientation Veterans will be able to accomplish the mission! To learn more about Positions at Logan Airport in Boston please explore this link: GSE Mechanic/Technician


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Colleen Sanborn, the Assistant VP of Palladion Services, LLC, a Security Firm in Boston is seeking to hire veterans or active reservists. The company has a military preference in hiring. Full time and part time positions are available. Work shifts are 7A-3P, 3P-11P, and 11P-7A. For more information please click here

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Heidrea4Heroes provides resources and support designed to deliver positive change to veterans in southeastern Massachusetts. For more information please look here

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Community Recovery Connections Team – CRCT – has Peer Specialists Helping Veterans to Build Bridges to Wellness – connecting Veterans to social support networks in their community. For more information about how CRCT may be able to assist you or someone you know, please click here.

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Quabbin Mediation provides Mediation Services by Veterans for Veterans. Members of Veterans Mediation understand the military experience and have the skills to provide mediation services to veterans, active military, National Guard and Reserves, and their families. For more information please click here.

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Join our jobseeker email list for job postings and events information


Join our employer newsletter list for quarterly updates on employer services and events at


Are You Interested In A Nursing Career?

If so, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College of Nursing is conducting an HRSA funded grant program titled "Heroes into Healthcare". This program is aimed at recruiting and promoting minority and disadvantaged veterans to obtain a university-based nursing education and enter the nursing workforce. 

Please check out these attachments to learn more about this exciting opportunity. 

U MA Nursing Heroes - Healthcare

                       U MA Amherst Nursing

Affordable Veterans Housing Available at Merrimac Landing in Tyngsboro, MA.