The Mass Vets Advisor

The Mass Vets Advisor: Benefiting Veterans and their families

“A portal and search tool guiding veterans to a comprehensive data base
of state of Massachusetts and federal benefits and programs.”

MassVetsAdvisor.org strives to serve the nearly half-million Veterans living in Massachusetts, and their Families, as a bridge to the many benefits that they have earned in defense of our nation. It is an easy to use website that helps Veterans and their loved ones find the services and programs that they deserve. By combining state and federal benefits information into one tailored online search, Veterans and their Families now have access to one stop shopping for all of their needs. Access to financial, education, and housing benefits that once took hours to research, resulting in dozens of phone calls, meetings, and frustration, are now just one click away on MassVetsAdvisor.org.

The Mass VetsAdvisor is a collaboration between the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services, the Red Sox Foundation and the Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program.

This Web site is a guide to anyone searching for benefits and programs for Veterans and their family members. The data is comprehensive and currently provides search results from Massachusetts and Federal resources, listing only the benefits and services the Veteran is qualified for, and, where available, an “action plan” to apply for the benefit. Users will be able to print, email, save, or forward the action plan to his or her Veterans Services Officer. Our goal is to refine and expand this site over time to improve the quality of the information and to increase the knowledge and use of benefits, programs, and services to Veterans and their families.

The Mass VetsAdvisor was funded through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) State Broadband Initiative program, and is maintained by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services.

For more information, visit http://www.massbroadband.org/Usage/veteran.html, or email [email protected].

Statewide Advocacy for Veterans’ Empowerment (SAVE)

Statewide Advocacy for Veterans’ Empowerment (SAVE)

“You give us the call…we’ll give you the answer.”

The fundamental principle of the SAVE program is to advocate for veterans who are not able to obtain the benefits they have earned due to institutional or personal barriers. The program’s primary mission is prevention of suicide and mental health distress through the identification of issues facing veterans when they return from service and proactively providing them with access to benefits and services that may address these issues and result in positive transitions back to civilian life.

SAVE acts as a liaison between veterans and their families and the various agencies within the federal and state governments.

The SAVE team works closely, and in collaboration, with the Massachusetts National Guard. Resources offered by the Massachusetts National Guard and their Family Readiness Program are available to all service members and their families, regardless of the branch in which they serve.

Contact Offices

Boston Office:

SAVE Team
Department of Veterans’ Service
600 Washington St., 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
617-210-5743
Toll-free: 1-888-844-2838
fax: 617-210-5755
[email protected]

Chelsea Office:

SAVE Team
Chelsea Soldiers’ Home
91 Crest Avenue, Building D
Chelsea, MA 02150
617-210-5743

Holyoke Office:

SAVE Team
Holyoke Soldiers’ Home
110 Cherry Street, Office 065
Holyoke, MA 01040
413-532-9475, then dial ext. 532-1518

Complementary Content

 

Veterans Today – Military Veterans and Foreign Affairs Journal

Veterans Today

Veterans Today (VT) is a journal representing the position of members of the military and veteran community in areas of national security, geopolitical stability and domestic policy. 

VT is the only independent, unaligned voice of its kind in America, accepting no financial support from any organization or individual, existing solely for educational purposes.

Spanning the political spectrum, we support the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic. We believe the majority of the members of our government, elected and appointed including our Supreme Court, currently serve agendas absent loyalty to the American people and the Constitution.

VT is part of the Veterans Today Network, a network of over 60 sites  independently operated and owned serving the U.S. Military-Veterans Community.

VT’s writers and editors are veterans or proven veterans’ advocates.

VT is a great website with over 21,000 searchable articles published.

Subscribe to  VT’s RSS Feed here:    Veterans Today RSS Feed

National Veterans Wheelchair Games

National Veterans Wheelchair Games

Event Information

Dates: June 25 – June 30, 2012

Host Medical Center: Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center – Richmond, Virginia

2012 NVWG Kids Day

Each year, our Veteran athletes take the opportunity to mentor disabled children from the local community and to show them that “disability” does not need to equal “disadvantage”.  Learn more.

Community Information


Governing Bodies, Associations, and Clubs

If you are interested in learning more about the events that make up the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, these are the organizations that guide the competition and can provide the information to help prepare you to excel at the Games.

MISSION REDEFINED

Program Overview

VA National Veterans Sports Programs & Special Events Office Mission Statement

The mission of the VA National Veterans Sports Programs & Special Events Office is to motivate, encourage and sustain participation and competition in adaptive sports among disabled Veterans and members of the Armed Forces through partnerships with VA clinical personnel as well as national and community-based adaptive sports programs. The Office achieves this mission by providing information and resources to disabled Veterans, their support networks and those in the adaptive sports community.

Overview

The Program Office was established under Section 703 of PL 110-389 (Title VII-Assistance to United States Paralympic Integrated Adaptive Sports Program) as the Office of National Veterans Sports Programs and Special Events. The Program Office works with VA staff, U.S. Paralympics and community-based adaptive sports programs across the country to encourage disabled Veterans to redefine themselves by participating and /or competing in adaptive sports.

The Program Office also provides a monthly assistance allowance to Veterans training in their respective sports as authorized by the Veterans’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2008. Through the program, VA will pay a monthly allowance to a Veteran with a service-related or non-service-related disability if he or she meets the qualifying military standard for a particular sport.

In addition, the Program Office provides grants to U.S. Paralympics member organizations, Paralympic Sports Clubs and Veteran and military organizations nationwide to enhance and expand local community-based adaptive sports programs.

To learn more, contact us at [email protected].

Disabled Veterans

Get Healthy, Stay Fit and Have Fun:
The Benefits of Adaptive Sports

We want you to know that no matter your disability, age or skill level, an adaptive sports opportunity exists for you. But, besides the fun, new friendships and exercise, why should you consider adaptive sports? Studies show that adaptive sports provide the following clear benefits for disabled Veterans:

  • less stress
  • reduced dependency on pain and depression medication
  • fewer secondary medical conditions (i.e., diabetes, hypertension)
  • higher achievement in education and employment
  • more independence

Participating in adaptive sports allows you to redefine yourself and live an active, healthy and fun lifestyle.

Contact us for more information

The VA National Veterans Sports Programs & Special Events Office is led by Mr. Christopher J. Nowak. For questions, comments or more information, please contact:

Mr. Christopher J. Nowak,
National Director

VA National Veterans Sports Programs & Special Events Office
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Suite 915B
Washington, DC 20420

[email protected]

Chase Bank – Community Giving

 

Twelve days left. Nominate now!

(chase bank/credit card customers only)

$5 Million will be shared by local charities–nominate your favorites today!

Here is a great chance to nominate any one of the charities that firebase116.org supports.  Charities like:

  • Veteran Homestead, in Fitchburg. http://www.veteranhomestead.org/
  • New England Center for Homeless Veterans, in Boston. http://nechv.org/
  • Veteran Tickets Foundation –  http://www.vettix.org/

These are three wonderful organizations that support our Sister and Brother Veterans that I am only suggesting.  There are other great charities that you can nominate feel free to nominate the charities that you would like to see share $5,000,000.  Nominate as many charities as you would like!

You Decide What Matters

The Power of Giving is in Your Hands!

We want to donate $5 million to local charities across the country—but we need your help! Here’s how it will work:

Nominations: June 12, 2012 – July 9, 2012*

First we need to find out which charities mean the most to you. That’s where you’ve got an amazing opportunity to make your voice heard. Starting June 12, 2012, we need you, our customers and employees, to tell us which local charities you want to have a chance to share in the grants. Find out more about nominating a charity.

Voting: September 6 – 19, 2012*

Then, we’ll move to a voting phase. Chase customers will get to vote for their favorite charities in 2 places. First vote here, and then again on Facebook. That means you’ll have an even bigger voice in helping to decide where the grants go. The charities with the most votes will share in $5 million in grants from Chase!

Nominate your favorite charities now.

To keep up-to-date with the program, don’t forget to visit us on Facebook.

*Nominations will end on July 9, 2012 at 11:59:59 PM, ET. Voting will end September 19, 2012 at 11:59:59 PM, ET.

There are a few organizations that we support here on firebase116.org.  You can nominate any one or more that you like. ie. Veteran Homestead, VetTix, NE Center for Homeless Vets, VOTE AND VOTE OFTEN!