West Suburban Veterans' District

Sarada Kalpee

Director

skalpee@westsuburbanveterans.com

Office: 781-489-7509

Cell: 781-850-5504

Fax: 781-489-7474


Stanley W. Spear, Jr.

Deputy Director

sspear@westsuburbanveterans.com

Office: 781-489-7509

Fax: 781-489-7474

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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.

ATTENTION VETERANS


What Every Massachusetts Veteran Needs To Know
To learn more about benefits to which Massachusetts Veterans and their spouses may be entitled to click here.


Camp Lejeune Proposed Expanded Disability Benefits

The VA plans to Propose Expanded Disability Benefits Eligibility for Veterans Exposed to Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune. The VA announces its plan to propose eight conditions for presumptive service-connection related to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.  The proposal would also expand benefit 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.

 

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. For more information on Veterans property tax exemption please click here.

 

Wounded Warriors Project

CBS Evening News reported on the Wounded Warriors Project during their January 26th and 27th broadcasts. To read the transcript of this report click here. The broadcasted video can be seen by going to the CBS Evening News website.

GreenCare for Troops and SnowCare for Troops
Are you a Military Family with a loved one deployed or a Wounded/Disabled Veteran who needs free lawn care or snow removal or you are a Volunteer looking to offer your services please click here to learn how to become involved in this program.
UPCOMING VETERANS' EVENTS


DEC 7th, 2016: Presentation on VA Benefits and VA Cemetery. Event will begin with a Rememberance of the 75th Anniversary of Peal Harbor. Please click here for more information. 


The last Wednesday of each month from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. at the Bedford VA Hospital a program on Recovery & Personal Financial Wellness is held.  For more information, please click here.

Every Sunday evening from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
on WRKO AM 680 listen to "Sound Off" about issues and events that concern veterans. With only 0.5% of the population currently serving in the military it is important to get the word out not only to veterans but the public as well about issues, events, benefits, services, etc. for veterans and their families. The show is hosted by John MacGillivray and Kyle Toto.

Every Thursday night from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. on 95.9 WATD-FM listen to Veteran's Voice Radio hosted by Gregg Brasso 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

   
   

   
   
   

OTHER VETERAN'S INFORMATION


Veterans Legal Resources Norfolk County at Bedford VA Medical Center For more info please click here. Also look at the Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) by clicking here.


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


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

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.

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.

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