“Welcome Home” Benefits Still Available for MA Vets

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
9/2/09

State Senator Jamie Eldridge wants to get the word out to recent Massachusetts veterans about an important benefit available to them.

According to a recent report, up to one-third of eligible veterans have not participated in the state’s “Welcome Home” program, which provides Massachusetts veterans who served in the armed forces, the National Guard, or reserves for at least six months after Sept. 11, 2001 from $500 to $1,000, depending on where they were deployed.

“I want to make sure every recent veteran has the opportunity to take full advantage of every benefit they’ve earned through their service to their country,” said Eldridge. “I encourage any eligible veteran who hasn’t yet claimed this benefit to do so, and to contact my office if you have any difficulties.”

More information about the program and the application process can be found on Senator Eldridge’s website at www.SenatorEldridge.com/resources/veterans. Veterans can also contact Peg McCobb at the State Treasurer’s office (617-367-9333, Ext. 350), or Senator Eldridge’s office at 617-722-1120 with questions.

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