History of Veterans' Services

Since 1861, from its first commitments to Civil War veterans, their spouses and their dependents, the Commonweath of Massachusetts has demonstrated solid concern and compassion for those men and women who have displayed sacrifice, valor and duty when their state and nation called upon them. The Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services supports a network of services and benefits to ensure that none of the 323,253 veterans in Massachusetts today who served in time of war, nor their 1.2 million dependents, will go hungry, be homeless or be medically deprived.