Many Veterans and their families are unaware of the benefits available to them. Benefits include financial assistance for food, heat, and medical expenses and aid for educational expenses. Help is available to unemployed and disabled Veterans. Legal claims are referred to the Fitchburg or Boston Veterans' Service Office.
Each case is handled with utmost discretion. Individual names do not become public record. Approximately 36 Veterans are helped each year in Townsend.
The veteran's services officer provides free assistance for veterans, including assistance filling and filing governmental forms.
The Massachusetts Bar Association operates a legal aid hotline (617-338-0610) on Mondays from 3 to 5 p.m. for veterans who qualify for assistance services. The hotline is answered by law students who can direct veterans to attorneys, some of whom may assist veterans pro bono. For more information, contact the Veteran's Services Officer.
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