Benefits Programs

Education Benefits

Various education benefits are available to veterans through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as programs specific to Massachusetts. Applications and information for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Tuition Waivers for Massachusetts Veterans, and all other programs are provided in the Lexington Veterans' Services Office.

Additional information about financial assistance for service members and veterans can be found on the Best Colleges website.

State Resources

  • Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services
  • Property Tax Exemptions (PDF) (see page 5) - Benefits may be available under Clause 22 for Veterans and their surviving spouses.
  • Definition of a Massachusetts Veteran - Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 4, Section 7, clause 43rd as amended by the Acts of 2005, Chapter 130
  • Massachusetts Attorney General - The Attorney General's Office enforces certain federal and state laws protecting the rights of veterans and servicemembers. If you are a veteran or are currently serving in the United States Military, including the National Guard or Reserves, there are laws designed to protect you against discrimination in employment, help you avoid credit or foreclosure problems, and maximize your healthcare, disability, and education benefits. This website is designed to help inform you of your rights, and the benefits and protections available.
  • Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination - Have you been discriminated against? The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination is the state's chief civil rights agency. The Commission works to eliminate discrimination on a variety of bases and areas, and strives to advance the civil rights of the people of the Commonwealth through law enforcement, outreach and training. For a complete list of protected classes in the Areas of Discrimination.
  • Soldier's Home in Chelsea - Established in 1882, the Soldiers' Home in Chelsea is a multifaceted health care facility available to eligible veterans of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts providing long-term care, skilled nursing care, an Alzheimers unit, and dormitory-style housing for veterans.
  • MGL c 115 and 108 CMR 5 - These are state financial benefits provided by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and administered locally by your city or town. If your monthly income meets a certain threshold, you may be eligible to receive financial reimbursement for out-of-pocket medical expenses and other reoccurring expenses. Click the above link to read the actual state law and what you may be entitled to receive. Please contact the veteran's office for help determining if you are eligible or not.
  • Massachusetts Welcome Home Bonus - From the linked website, select the war period that you are a veteran of and then you will be given the appropriate form to complete and send into the state.

Additional Programs

Information regarding all State and Federal Programs related to veterans can be sought through the Lexington Veterans' Services Department.

Lexington offers a property tax exemption for disabled veterans.

Massachusetts is at the forefront of veterans' benefits and offers a vast array of benefits and services such as tax exemptions, education programs, bonuses and annuities, employment opportunities, and housing options. Applications are available for VA programs such as Home Loans, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, and Life Insurance.