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Anyone qualifying as a Veteran under the MGL Chapter 4, Section 7, clause 43, may be eligible for veterans’ benefits from the community in which they reside, provided that they meet the Income and Asset Limits for this needs-based, means-tested program of financial assistance. However, applicants whose income is only slightly above the income limit may be eligible for medical benefits at a “spend down” adjustment amount. Check with your local Veterans Services Officer (VSO) for the current Income and Asset Limits.
Unlike many states, Massachusetts extends the coverage for veterans’ benefits beyond the veteran to his or her eligible dependents. These eligible dependents may also apply for veterans’ benefits. The surviving spouse of a deceased veteran, provided that the spouse was married to the veteran at the time of his or her death, is considered an eligible dependent. Living spouses, children, and parents might also qualify to receive benefits.