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 the Deputy Director. Sally Rose provides administrative support.

VA Claims Clinic to be held on Friday, February 12, 2016

The Federal Veterans Administration is piloting a process where veterans, their families and service members in the process of discharging can meet directly with a VA representative.  The VA representative will assist the claimants with various processes.  This program will provide direct access to the VA personnel that process our claims.  This will eliminate the delay and miscommunications inherent in the link between the veteran and the VA.  Some of the things that claimants will be able to accomplish are:


  • File an initial Disability Claim                            Submit evidence to support their claim

  • Speak directly to a VA representative who processes claims

  • Possibly have a C&P exam scheduled             Work with a VA Healthcare Rep.

  • Check and process Dependency                      Concurrent Receipts


This is an excellent opportunity for the claimants to get answers on their claims.  Please note that this program is focused on disability claims.  Pensions, Aid and Attendance, etc., will not be handled at this function.


Please distribute notice of this program to all veterans for whom you provide services.  We do not have to hold the POA for veterans to meet with the VA representatives. For more information please click here.


The VA will hold more of these clinics across the Commonwealth if this pilot is a success.  Please work to get as many claimants to this function as possible.


Evan Makrinikolas and Matt Ching will be at the event providing support to veterans and VSOs.



If you would like a copy of the "Guide to Veterans’ Laws and Benefits," please email me at richard.ross@masenate.gov, and I will mail a copy to you. This is an excellent resource, and a must for any veteran and their family.

Camp Lejeune Proposed Expanded Disability Benefits
VA plans to Propose Expanded Disability Benefits Eligibility for Veterans Exposed to Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune. VA announces its plan to propose eight conditions for presumptive service-connection related to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.  The proposal would also expand benefits eligibility to Reserve and National Guard personnel who served at Camp Lejeune for any length of time from August 1, 1953, through December 31, 1987. 

For more information click here.

Gulf War Illness

A recent Boston University study shows that exposure to toxins employed by the U. S. military are a main cause of Gulf War Illness. For more information click here.

2016 Firefighter Exam on April 16, 2016

The Boston Fire Department is hosting a series of open houses in various locations around Boston. The civil service exam is being administered on April 16, 2016. Please look at the below information and also the flyer attached. For more information or to apply online, please visit www.cityofboston.gov/fire, click Firefighter Exam or call 617-343-3024. Please click here for more information on the Firefighter Exam.

Meadowbrook School in Weston's Endowed Veteran's Scholarship 

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:


Veterans Real Estate Tax Abatements!

There are three levels of abatements, in terms of what the towns abate.  The critical issue is that not all Towns do “mail outs" and we have no idea who might have received an award letter during the last year.

 All abatements are due to the towns by 28 March, there are no do overs.  In Needham that could mean up to a $1,100 rebate on your real estate taxes - but you have to do the paperwork.  First year requires a copy of your VA award letter and if you experience an increase then that could mean a larger rebate.  Questions can be asked of the Assessor’s Office in any town and/or your town veterans’ agent.


Wounded Warriors Project

CBS Evening News reported on the Wounded Warriors Project during their January 26th and 27th broadcasts.  For more information please click the link below for the transcript from that report. Most of the photos have been removed.

The broadcasted video can be seen by going to the CBS Evening News Website.

Upcoming Events for Veterans

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The United States Navy Band from Washington, D.C. will be performing at Wellesley High School on Monday, March 7, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.  This is a HUGE honor and will be their only appearance in the eastern part of Massachusetts.   It is our understanding that they play the official song for each branch of the service, patriotic marches, etc.  They are one of the premier Wind Ensemble groups in the nation!

Please click on the following Eventbrite site to reserve tickets for this FREE event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-united-states-navy-band-concert-at-wellesley-high-school-tickets-20716501614?aff=eac2

If you are interested in going to this exciting event please reserve tickets soon.

If there are Veterans who aren’t comfortable or can’t purchase tickets on-line, they can contact Allison Madden at maddena@wellesleyps.org . She works in the Performing Arts office and would be happy to secure tickets for Veterans (while tickets are still available).

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A FREE Mental Health First Aid Class is being offered on March 23, 2016 in Wakefield specifically for those working with or living with vets. Appropriate for agents, volunteers and loved ones living with vets. Preregistration is required. For more information please click here. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084badad2fa1fe3-mental


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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.