Disability compensation is a monetary benefit paid to Veterans who are disabled by an injury or illness that was incurred or aggravated during active military service. These disabilities are considered to be service-connected.
Disability compensation varies with the degree of disability and the number of a Veteran’s dependents, and is paid monthly. Veterans with certain severe disabilities may be eligible for additional special monthly compensation. The benefits are not subject to federal or state income tax.
If you believe you have any physical or mental ailments that were a direct result of your military service or want more information on this topic please contact your local VSO.
Acton Commission on Disability
The Acton Commission on Disability strives to improve access for Acton residents with disabilities.
Purple Heart Service Foundation
Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation is committed to providing a variety of disabled veteran services, programs and resources to help combat wounded and disabled veterans and their families for over 50 years. Veteran services include: grants to help disabled veterans, veterans claims assistance, PTSD resources, and job opportunities for disabled veterans.
Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC)
Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) assists individuals with disabilities to live and work independently. MRC is responsible for Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Community Services, and eligibility determination for the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) federal benefits programs for Massachusetts citizens with disabilities. MRC serves people with all types of disabilities except those who are blind. Individuals with visual disabilities are served through the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB).
MRC Home Modification Loan
The Home Modification Loan Program provides no- and low-interest loans to modify the homes of adults and children with disabilities, and elders.
D.A.V (Disabled American Vets)
The 1.2 million-member Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is a non-profit 501(c)(4) charity dedicated to building better lives for America’s disabled veterans and their families since 1920.
Annually, the DAV represents more than 200,000 veterans and their dependents with claims for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense.
The DAV’s Voluntary Services Program operates a comprehensive network of volunteers who provide veterans free rides to and from VA medical facilities and improve care and morale for sick and disabled veterans.
AMVETS (or American Veterans) has a proud history of assisting veterans and sponsoring numerous programs that serve our country and its citizens. The helping hand that AMVETS extends to veterans and their families takes many forms.
One of the most visible is AMVET's network of trained national service officers (NSOs) accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Funded by the AMVETS National Service Foundation, these dedicated men and women can be found in close to 40 states, providing sound advice and prompt action on compensation claims at no charge to the veteran.
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Our veterans are our heroes for life. After serving our country, serious injury shouldn’t stop them from living the full, rewarding lives they deserve. Paralyzed Veterans of America fights for better health care and benefits, aids in the search for a truly satisfying career, and provides the path to adventure through adaptive sports. They are also committed to ongoing care by educating clinicians about spinal cord injury, and deeply invested in the future—a cure for paralysis.
Canines for Combat Veterans
Canines for Combat Veterans is a project of New England Assistance Dog Services (NEADS) based in Princeton, MA. NEADS provides extensive training for service dogs to assist veterans with physical disabilities so that they can maintain their independence. NEADS dogs are granted public access rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. To be eligible to receive a dog, individuals must spend two weeks attending a training course with their dog and pay a fee. NEADS offers fundraising assistance and flexible payment options. It is NEADS’ policy not to deny any application on the basis of the applicant’s ability to pay.