• Shipyard Park Flag Display – The Veterans Service Office would like to offer families of deceased veterans of Mattapoisett two weeks to fly their veteran’s burial flag at Shipyard Park. The offer is for two weeks and will start on a Friday and end on a Friday. It will be in a first come, first serve basis.
Any family of a Mattapoisett veteran that would like to honor the veteran on a special date, please call the Mattapoisett Veterans Office at 508-757-4100, ext. 212 for more information.
• Warning to Veterans from DVA – A note to veterans: an organization called “Veterans Affairs Services” (VAS) is gathering benefit and general information on veterans. This organization is not affiliated with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) in any way.
VAS may be gaining access to military personnel through their close resemblance to the VA name and seal. Mattapoisett’s Legal Counsel has requested that the Mattapoisett Veteran’s Office coordinate with the Department of Defense to inform military installations, particularly mobilization sites, of this group (VAS) and their lack of affiliation or endorsement by the VA.
In addition, if you have any examples of VAS acts that violate chapter 59 of Title 38 United States Code, such as VAS employees assisting veterans in the preparation and presentation of claims for benefits, please pass this information to Michael Daugherty at the following address: Michael Daugherty, Staff Attorney, Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of General Counsel (022G2).
For further information, please contact Mattapoisett’s Veteran’s Office at 508-758-4100, ext. 212.
• Chapter 115 Benefits – The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the only state in the Union that has made a provision by state law to provide veterans in need of financial assistance with food, housing, clothing, employment and burial assistance. Veterans and widows may qualify for a “medical only” budget if their income is below federal poverty level; single: $1,805 per month, married: $2,428 per month.
For further information, please contact the Veteran Service Office for the Towns of Mattapoisett and Rochester at 508-758-4110, ext. 212.