Veterans Agent for Lakeville
is Robert Mello
can be reached by calling
of Veteran's Services is located at the Lakeville Senior Center.
The Office is open on Wednesdays from
8 - 4
to eligible veterans, and veterans' dependents is provided
as mandated by Chapter 115 of the Massachusetts General
Laws. If you have not filed your DD214 (discharge)
with this office, please do so. In order for a Veteran
or their family to receive benefits, a DD214 is required.
Westgate Speaks at the Veteran's Breakfast
McKenna, US Marine Corps, WWII,
Westgate, US Army Iraq,
Wilson, US Navy, WWII
person, male or female:
last discharge or release from his/her wartime service (defined
below) was under honorable conditions and
served in the Army, Marie Corps, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard
of the United State for not less than 90 days active service,
at least one day of which was for wartime service, provided that
any person who so served in wartime and was awarded a service-connected
disability or a Purple Heart, or who died in such service under
conditions other than dishonorable, shall be deemed to be a veteran
notwithstanding his/her failure to complete 90 days of active
- Wartime Service
performed by a "Spanish War veteran", a World War I veteran",
a "World War II veteran", a "Korean veteran", a "Vietnam veteran",
a "Lebanese peach keeping force veteran", a "Grenada rescue mission
veteran", a "Panamanian intervention force veteran", a "Persian
Gulf veteran", or a member of the "WACC" during any of the periods
of time described herein. You may call the Veteran's Office (947-7224)
and you will be given dates for everything listed above.
- Merchant Marine
Merchant Marine who performed such wartime service in armed conflict
between December 7, 1941 and August 15, 1945, and who received
an honorable discharge from the Army, Navy, or U.S. Coast Guard.
- None of the following
shall be deemed to be a veteran:
person, who at the time of entering into the armed forces of the
United States, had declared his/her intention to become a subject
or citizen of the United States and withdrew his/her intention
under the provision of the act of Congress approved July 9, 1918.
person who was discharge from said armed forces on his/her own
application or solicitation by reason of his/her being an enemy
person who has been proved guilty of willful desertion.
person whose only service in the armed forces of the United States
consists of his/her service as a member of the coast guard auxiliary
or as a temporary member of the coast guard reserve, or both.
person whose last discharge or release from the armed forces is
- Education Benefits
waiver for all Massachusetts veterans to all state colleges and
universities Veterans of Massachusetts, as defined by M.G.L. ch.
4, s.7, clause 43, can be eligible for any state-supported course
in an undergraduate degree program or certificate program offered
by a public college or university. To be eligible, a veteran must
also be a legal resident of Massachusetts and he/she must not
be in default of any federal student loan. Veterans will be eligible
on a space-available basis for a waiver of full or partial tuition
based on proper documentation of the eligibility of the veteran.
Space availability shall be determined in accordance with normal
practices and procedures as published by each institution, i.e.,
the individual college or university. Contact the Veteran's Representative
at the college or university for details.
- Public service
will be awarded to:
of prisoners of war or military or service persons missing in
action in Southeast Asia whose service was between February 1,
1955 and the termination of the Vietnam campaign; and
of veterans whose service was credited to the Commonwealth and
who were killed in action or otherwise died as a result of such
will be for undergraduate studies at an institution of higher
education in the Commonwealth.
veterans as defined by M.G. L. ch. 4, s. 7:
War I Lebanon
War II Grenada
of Deceased Veterans
- Motor Vehicle
vehicle registration exemption for disabled veterans
vehicle registration exemption for ex-prisoners of war
vehicle registration for veteran series license plates
L. ch.90, s2-includes, Legion
of Valor, EX-POW, Purple Heart, Pearl Harbor Survivor, Silver
Star & Bronze Star. Also available are Distinctive Military
further information, or an application, please call the Lakeville
Veteran's Office at 947-7224.
tax exemption for disabled veterans
ch.64H, s. 6(u)
Tax Exemptions-eligible veterans, spouses, & parents
- To qualify,
all veterans (and spouses where applicable) must:
- Be legal
residents of Massachusetts
- Be occupying
the property as his/her domicile on July 1 in the year of application
lived in Massachusetts for at least six months prior to entering
the service (spouses exempted) or
lived in Massachusetts for five consecutive years immediately
prior to filing for a property tax exemption.
22 and Clause 22D $250.00
58, s.8A Total Exemption
- To apply,
contact the Lakeville Assessors Office at 947-4428.
Civil Service & Private Sector
- Veteran's preference
are given preference in the eligibility lists of civil service
- Veteran's tenure
- Retirement Pension
further information, please contact the Lakeville Veteran's Office.
veterans in need of financial assistance are entitled to the same
state benefits as men veterans under M.G. L. ch.115 administered
by the veterans' agent of each city and town. The Department of
Veterans' Service acknowledges that women veterans have needs
and concerns not experienced by the general male veteran population.
In addition, the Department of Veterans' Services has a Women's
Outreach Program which coordinates with the VA and the veterans'
agents in identifying, locating and educating women veterans in
Massachusetts on available quality health and human services programs.
For more information, call the Lakeville office or the Women's
Outreach Coordinator at (617) 727-3578. The VA runs the Women's
Health Center, located at 150 South Huntington Avenue, Boston
as well as two outpatient clinics located at 271 Causeway Street,
Boston, and 130 Marshall Street, Lowell. In general, women veterans
who have honorable, general, or medical discharges from the military
are eligible. The center offers primary care and specialized treatment
for women in area such as gynecology, osteoporosis and urology.
The center also treats women for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD) related to combat experience, sexual harassment and abuse.
The VA Medical Center's telephone number if (617) 232-9500 ext.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts provides a bonus to veterans who
were domiciled in Massachusetts immediately prior to entry in
the armed forces. In case of the death of a veteran, the spouse
and children, mother or father, brother or sister or other dependents
of the deceased veteran (in that order) are eligible for a bonus.
Eligible Veterans: World War I, World War II, Korean, Vietnam,
Persian Gulf (spouses, children, parents, and siblings). Contact
the Lakeville Veteran's office for further information.
service members, and dependents are eligible for burial in one
of the VA's national cemeteries. The VA Cemetery closest to Lakeville
is the Bourne National Cemetery. An eligible veteran must have
been discharge or separated from active duty under conditions
other than dishonorable and have completed the required period
of service. In addition to qualified veterans, federal legislation
passed in 1992 known as Public Law 102-547, extends eligibility
for burial in national cemeteries to persons who have 20 years
of service creditable for retired pay as members of reserve components
in the armed forces. The law also provides burial flags, and grave
markers to veterans with 20 qualified years of service.
in State Veterans' Cemeteries
Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services and the Massachusetts
legislature are currently working on the construction of two (2)
state veterans' cemeteries. One site is in Agawam, MA, one is
proposed for central Massachusetts. The burial criteria will mirror
that for the National Veterans' Cemeteries along with any "home
rule" adjustments allowed.
Organizations with offices in the State House
main address for the organizations listed below is:
House, Boston, MA 02133
- In May,
as required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, flags are placed
on all veterans' gravesites. There are (23) cemeteries in Lakeville
with veterans buried in them. Last November a free breakfast and
"Salute to Our Veterans" was held at the Senior Center. The back
wall was used to display pictures, memorabilia, and scrapbooks.
In attendance were veterans from WWII, Korean War, Vietnam, and
the Persian Gulf. Colonel Berkstrom from the Department of Navy,
Naval War College in Newport, R.I., was the guest speaker. This
was very informative and successful. We hope to again "Salute
Our Veterans" in November, and to include Apponequet High School
history students. This will allow them to meet some of the Veterans
in their community.