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.

Upcoming Events for Veterans

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Vietnam War 40th Anniversary Service Parade on Sunday, October 18th from
2:00 p.m. -- 6:00 p.m. in West Roxbury. Please look here for details.

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

We are hosting both the women veterans retreat and the
11th Annual Women Veterans Appreciation Day!

Nominations for the Outstanding Woman Veteran of the Year are now being accepted!

Deadline for this prestigious award is October 12th, 2015.
(Click here for Flyer & Nomination Form.)

Upcoming Events: 

Women Veterans’ Luncheon!   For Flyer click here

When: Sat, Oct 17th 11am-2pm

Where: Lombardos 6 Billings St, Randolph, MA 02368

Join the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Women Veterans & the MA Women Veterans’ Network for this annual luncheon where we honor women veterans past and present! Day includes guest speakers, turkey lunch, jewelry sales, raffles, and more! $25 per person

Checks payable to: “Women Veterans Committee” Tickets will NOT be sold at the door. Deadline date: October 12th! For more information please contact Stephanie Landry at Stephanie.landry@comcast.net

Women Veterans’ Retreat

When: Sat, Oct 24th 9am-3pm  

Where: Ted Williams Camp 28 Precinct Street Lakeville, MA 02347
RSVP FREE: --->    
www.wvetretreat.eventbrite.com For Flyer please click here.


Join the MA Women Veterans Network for a relaxing retreat among your sister veterans! All women who are currently serving or have served are welcome! Join us for a relaxing retreat with fellow sister veterans!  (ALL Women Vets welcome : Active, Reserve, Guard, Separated, Retired!) *FREE Breakfast & Lunch! * Relaxing techniques to manage stress & sleep deeper. Helpful tools to build communication for better relationships. New friendships with sister Vets! Meet comfort dog “Bristol” & comfort horses, “Funny ”&“Nash”.  Meet Facilitator- Joanie Winberg, a Certified Interpersonal Skills Specialist, Divorce Mentor and a Conflict Resolution/Stress Management Corporate Trainer. And Certified Yoga instructor- Lynda Perry, twenty years in the Army Reserves, deployed three times as a nurse with the Forward Surgical Team and a Civil Affairs officer. Funded in whole w/federal funds from National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, No.HHSN276201100010C w/the University of MA, Worcester.

11th Annual Women Veterans' Appreciation Day! on November 6th
For More details click here


When: Fri, Nov 6th 11am-1pm

Where: MA State House, Memorial Hall 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 01233

Hosted by the MA Women Veterans' Network

Please join us for a special ceremony honoring women veterans past and present! The Outstanding Woman Veteran of 2015 will be presented with the prestigious Deborah Sampson Award! If you know of a woman veteran in your community who has outstanding military AND community service, nominate her today for this award. To Access a Nomination form, please click here. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, All Veterans & their families encouraged to attend! FREE Snacks and Refreshments available.

Women Veterans’ Luncheon II

When:  November 15th, 2015 12-2 p.m.

Where: Charles C. Kennedy Post 275 41 Robbins Rd, Chicopee MA

Sponsored by: The Department of Massachusetts American Legion

ALL WOMEN VETERAN’S WELCOME. Please contact Department Executive Committee Woman Sally Nay at: Nay@spinesports.com  or call 413-330-2216.  *RSVP FREE BY: November 6, 2015



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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The Reagle Players is providing all Veterans with free admission to the October 3rd and October 4th performance of Remembering the 40's Music of World War II. Click here for more information.

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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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Gillette Stadium is currently hiring for all day of game positions! We are looking to staff for Security, Parking and Food & Beverage – positions starting rates are $10.25 per hour.

Gillette will be hosting two separate job fairs – one will be solely for Parking on Thursday October 8th 2015 from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. For more information click here. We will also be hosting our Full Stadium Job Fair on Monday 10/19 and Tuesday 10/20 hiring for all positions from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on both days. For more information click here.

All interested applicants are encouraged to apply and schedule their interviews online, but walk ins are welcome as well!

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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American Legion Department Service Officer Position Currently Available. For more information click here.

Heidrea4Heroes provides resources and support designed to deliver positive change to veterans in southeastern Massachusetts. For more information look at www.heidrea4heroes.org.

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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.