UMass Amherst Veteran Services

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Programs and Guides for Veterans

Seamless Transition

Seamless Transition is the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Web site for returning active duty, National Guard, and Reserve service members of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. The site aims to provide clear information about benefits and assistance to returning veterans, and to ease the transition from active duty to civilian life.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Welcome Home Bill

The Welcome Home Bill, passed by the Massachusetts legislature in 2005, is a comprehensive bill for Massachusetts veterans, service member, and their families. For complete information on the bill, as well as for additional information on veterans benefits in Massachusetts, visit the Massachusetts State Veteran's Benefits Web site.

Welcome Home Guide

This guide for recently returned veterans of Operations Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) explains the benefits they have earned from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as some federal benefits to which they may be entitled from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Massachusetts State Treasury
Welcome Home Bonus Information

The Web site of the Massachusetts Department of the State Treasurer provides information on the Welcome Home Bonus Bill including eligibility requirements and a downloadable application for benefits in Adobe Acrobat format (.pdf). Please use the contact information listed on the site for all questions regarding bonus eligibility.

Local Veterans’ Agents

Each municipality in Massachusetts has a Veterans’ Agent to help veterans navigate the VA system or obtain other help they might need. The Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Affairs Web site has up-to-date contact information. The locations in the Amherst area are:

Veterans' Services Officer
70 Boltwood Walk
Amherst, MA 01002
Fax: 413-256-4061

Veterans' Services Officer
Town Hall, PO Box 670
Belchertown, MA 01007
Fax: 413-594-3594

Veterans' Services Officer
PO Box 266
44 Lawrence Place Rd.
Hadley, MA 01035
Fax: N/A

Veterans' Services Officer
240 Main St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Fax: 413-587-1233