Veterans Disability Benefits in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is proud to honor its veterans for selflessly serving their country. As a sign of honor and gratitude, Massachusetts veterans can access a variety of VA benefits. These benefits span across sectors like education, healthcare, financial aid, and housing, among others.

One of the most important benefits is the VA Disability program, tailored for veterans who suffered injuries or fell ill while in active service. This program provides financial support in the form of monthly compensation.

VA disability compensation is just one way to show appreciation for the sacrifices made by Massachusetts veterans.

What Is a VA Disability Rating?

As a veteran in Massachusetts seeking VA disability benefits, it's important to understand how your service-connected disability will be evaluated. The VA uses a rating system to gauge the severity of a disability. Ratings range from 10% to 100%.

The more serious your condition, the higher your rating will be. The rating is used to determine how much financial support you'll receive each month.

How to Qualify for Veterans Disability Benefits in Massachusetts

To qualify for VA benefits, veterans must meet several guidelines.

Both of these must be true:

  • You have an existing condition, either physical or mental, that impacts your health, and
  • Your service history includes active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training.

And, at least one of the following must be true:

  • You incurred an injury or sickness during your military service that can be connected to your current condition. This is known as an in-service disability claim.

  • An existing injury or illness from before your military service worsened due to your service — called a pre-service disability claim, or
  • You have a disability that is associated with your active-duty service but it only manifested after your service ended. This is known as a post-service disability claim.

To be eligible for VA disability benefits, Massachusetts veterans must have a service-connected disability. You may be asked to participate in a C&P examination to evaluate your condition and determine your eligibility for certain benefits.

How to Apply for VA Disability in Massachusetts

When applying for VA disability benefits, start by gathering all required documents. You'll need your military and medical records, your DD214 form, all documents concerning the end of your military service, and medical evidence to substantiate your disability claim. Also, if you have dependents, you'll need their records.

Be as detailed as possible when providing medical evidence. You must be able to prove that your physical or mental disability is linked to your military service.

You can file your claim online, via mail, or in person at a local VA office. The best way to apply for VA disability benefits is online at

Click here to file a VA Disability claim.

Need help? Call the VA benefits hotline: 800-827-1000

The status of your military discharge can affect your eligibility for VA benefits. Veterans with honorable or general discharge are likely to qualify for most benefits. However, those with a dishonorable discharge may be denied these services.

If Your Massachusetts VA Claim Is Denied

If your VA disability claim is denied, don't despair — you have options.

You can appeal the decision and request the VA to reexamine your case. The deadline for submitting a Notice of Disagreement is one year from the date of your denial notice.

The appeals process can be complicated and time-consuming, so consider seeking help. Working with a veterans service officer or a disability attorney has been beneficial to many veterans in this situation.

VA Benefits Available to Massachusetts Veterans

The VA offers more than just disability benefits. Various other programs are accessible to qualifying veterans. Among these are VA pension programs, VA life insurance, job training programs, and several others.

Veterans in Massachusetts can access the following VA benefits:

  • Health Care
  • Education and Training
  • VA Loans
  • VetSuccess on Campus
  • VA Life Insurance
  • VA Burial Benefits
  • Veterans Readiness and Employment
  • VA Pension
  • Dependents and Survivor Benefits

Massachusetts veterans are encouraged to tap into these available programs and services.

For example, the VA pensions provide steady monthly payments to Massachusetts veterans who fulfill specific age or disability criteria, offering a financial lifeline to those without alternative income streams.

The VA Home Loan program offers unique financing options for veterans and their families, ensuring their ability to secure a mortgage loan.

Another benefit is the Veterans Readiness and Employment program, which helps Massachusetts veterans with service-connected disabilities acquire and maintain meaningful employment after military service.

If you're a veteran facing health issues linked to your service, don't wait to apply for Veterans Disability benefits. When combined with other VA support programs, these benefits can significantly improve the living conditions for Massachusetts veterans and their families.

Massachusetts — VA Office Locations

Veterans Benefits Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Boston Regional Office JFK Federal Building, 15 New Sudbury Street Boston, MA 02203-9928 800-827-1000

National Cemetery Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Fort Devens Post Cemetery 35 Patton Road Devens, MA 01434 508-563-7113
Massachusetts National Cemetery Connery Avenue Bourne, MA 02532 508-563-7113
Woodlawn Cemetery Soldiers' Lot Harvard Road Ayer, MA 01432 508-563-7113

Veterans Health Administration

Name Address Phone Number
VISN 1: VA New England Healthcare System 200 Springs Rd, Bldg. 61 Bedford, MA 01730 781-687-4821
Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital 200 Springs Rd. Bedford, MA 01730 781-687-2000
VA Boston Healthcare System 150 South Huntington Avenue Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 617-232-9500
VA Boston Healthcare System, Brockton Campus 940 Belmont Street Brockton, MA 02301 508-583-4500
VA Boston Healthcare System, Jamaica Plain Campus 150 South Huntington Avenue Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 617-232-9500
VA Boston Healthcare System, West Roxbury Campus 1400 VFW Parkway West Roxbury, MA 02132 617-323-7700
VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System 421 North Main Street Leeds, MA 01053-9764 413-584-4040
Causeway OPC 251 Causeway St. Boston, MA 02114 800-865-3384
Lowell Veterans Community Care Center 130 Marshall Road Lowell, MA 01852 978-671-9000
Fitchburg Outpatient Clinic 881 Main Street Fitchburg, MA 01420 800-893-1522
Framingham Outpatient Clinic 61 Lincoln Street, Suite 112 Framingham, MA 01702 800-865-3384
Gloucester Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) 199 Main Street Gloucester, MA 01930 800-838-6331
Greenfield Outpatient Clinic 143 Munson Street Greenfield, MA 01301 413-773-8428
Haverhill Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) 108 Merrimack St. Haverhill, MA 01830 800-838-6331
Hyannis Outpatient Clinic 233 Stevens St Hyannis, MA 02601 508-771-3190
Lowell Outpatient Clinic 130 Marshall Road Lowell, MA 01852 800-865-3384
Lynn Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) 225 Boston Road, Suite 107 Lynn, MA 01904 800-838-6331
New Bedford Outpatient Clinic 175 Elm Street New Bedford, MA 02740 508-994-0217
Pittsfield Outpatient Clinic 73 Eagle Street Pittsfield, MA 01201 413-499-2672
Plymouth Outreach Clinic 116 Long Pond Road Plymouth, MA 02360 800-865-3384
Quincy Outpatient Clinic 110 West Squantum Street Quincy, MA 02169 800-865-3384
Springfield Outpatient Clinic 25 Bond Street Springfield, MA 01104 413-731-6000
Worcester Outpatient Clinic 605 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA 01605 508-856-0104
Boston Vet Center 7 Drydock Ave, Suite 2070 Boston, MA 02210-2303 857-203-6461
Brockton Vet Center 1 Pearl St. Suite 2300 Brockton, MA 02301 508-580-2730
Cape Cod Vet Center 474 West Main Street Hyannis, MA 02601 508-778-0124
Lowell Vet Center 10 George Street Lowell, MA 01852 978-453-1151
New Bedford Vet Center 73 Huttleton Ave. Unit 2 Fairhaven, MA 02719 508-999-6920
Springfield, MA Vet Center 95 Ashley Avenue, Suite A West Springfield, MA 01089 413-737-5167
Worcester Vet Center 255 Park Ave Suite 900 Worcester, MA 01609 508-753-7902