The South Boston Democrat recently invited veterans service officers from across the state to meet with him to discuss local veterans’ needs and the VA health care scandal involving veterans’ hospitals in Arizona, Colorado and several other states.
“They hear things we might not…” the congressman said. “They’re like individual activists and lobbyists for our veterans.”
Veterans service officers are often the first point of contact for veterans seeking assistance from the government. The state offers a need-based financial and medical assistance program for qualifying veterans and their dependents. The federal VA system offers health care and other benefits and compensation.
“We’re the only state in the nation that requires every city and town to have a veterans service officer,” said Coleman Nee, the secretary of veterans services for Massachusetts. “In most other states, that is a county-based position. For most of those folks in the other states, they handle primarily VA claims, disability claims or VA pension claims.”
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