Mr. Gumersindo Gomez EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR VA/VVA ACCREDITED SERVICE OFFICER 20 YEAR VETERAN (RETIRED) U.S. ARMY
VA Disability Compensation
What Is VA Disability Compensation?
Disability compensation is a benefit paid to a veteran because of injuries or diseases that happened while on active duty, or were made worse by active military service. It is also paid to certain veterans disabled from VA health care. The benefits are tax-free.
Who Is Eligible?
You may be eligible for disability compensation if you have a service-related disability and you were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.
How Much Does VA Pay?
The amount of basic benefit paid ranges, depending on how disabled you are.
Note: You may be paid additional amounts, in certain instances, if:
you have very severe disabilities or loss of limb(s) you have a spouse, child(ren), or dependent parent(s) you have a seriously disabled spouse
Please see the Compensation Rate Tables for specific percentages of disability and the rates paid.
How Can You Apply?
You can apply by filling out VA Form 21-526, Veterans Application for Compensation and/or Pension. If you have any of the following material, please attach it to your application:
Discharge or separation papers (DD214 or equivalent) Dependency records (marriage & children's birth certificates) Medical evidence (doctor & hospital reports)
You can also apply online through our web site at http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp.
PRVA Boston Office
Cpl. Zayas Center
Serving Veterans in the Greater Boston area VVA ACCREDITED SERVICE OFFICER mans the Boston Office assisting Veterans with claims. he center is open Monday thru Friday 9am- 5pm at 617-524-0346, 617-524-0301 fax firstname.lastname@example.org
The Jorge Oterro Barreto Homeless Veterans Transitional Program 52 Maple Court, Springfield MA 01105 PHONE (413)739-1082 FAX (413) 214-7916
2 Year Transitional Housing program Sober House
Single Rooms Shared Common Areas Substance Abuse Counseling Career Counseling DVA Services Employment & School Referrals AA/NA In-House Meetings Washer & Dryer available
1. Must be a veteran (DD-214 Required) Honorably Discharged 2. CORI is required 3. Must be employed (at least $100.00 per week) or Chapter 115 ready 4. No open cases or probation 5. Must have 30 days sobriety and a willingness to participate in counseling and substance abuse meetings 6. Must have a strong desire to rehabilitate and transition back into mainstream society
A PROGRAM OF THE BILINGUAL VETERANS OUTREACH CENTERS of MASS INC.
Bilingual Veterans Outreach Centers of Massachusetts, Inc., located at 281 Franklin Street in Springfield is the only veterans outreach center with a VA/VVA Accredited Service Officer serving veterans and their families throughout Western Massachusetts and is the only known veterans outreach center in Western Massachusetts.
Gumersindo, along with other Vietnam Veterans from Boston founded the Puerto Rican Veterans Association of Massachusetts Inc. on July 1st, 1987 in which today is formally known as Bilingual Veterans Outreach Centers of Massachusetts, Inc.
The Bilingual Veterans Outreach Centers of Massachusetts, Inc. is open to any and all Veterans of all Wars, conflicts, peace time service and all Eras. The Center is here to help you and your families in any way we can, we are here for you.
We Serve...Because You Served!
Please help our veterans!
Honor a LOCAL veteran Buy A Brick Fundraiser
As the Bilingual Veterans Outreach Center Prepares to break ground on a new long term home for Veterans in need… we need your help to raise funds!
PROCEEDS will be used to build a memorial ON the PROPERTY located at 60 Cass Street in Springfield honoring all veterans, especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
WE ARE selling bricks for $125 that WILL be engraved in someone’s memory, with a company name or other suitable message.
if you or your organization ARE interested please call us at 413-731-0194 FOR MORE INFORMATION
if you would like to make a corporate donation that will be used to complete the exterior landscaping please contact sgt
GUMERSINDO GOMEZ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR VA/VVA AT SGTGOMEZ@AOL.COM
WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND WISH YOU A JOYFUL HOLIDAY SEASON
Western Mass Veterans, in cooperation with community, government veterans services, volunteer and business organizations, sponsored the first-ever Western Massachusetts Veterans’ Expo to honor, assist and provide services to Veterans and their families in one location in one day.
"We Serve... Because You Served!"
WATCH VETERANS CORNER ON FSCTV CHANNEL 12 FOCUS SPRINGFIELDS COMMUNITY TV PUBLIC ACCESS THURSDAYS @ 6:30PM
Veterans can apply to upgrade discharge for PTSD
A special web page has been launched to assist veterans seeking to upgrade punitive discharges related to behavior problems caused by post-traumatic stress.
The web page provides information and applications to seek an upgrade to discharge from service. The page can be found Here
It follows a recent directive to the Army's Review Boards Agency to give liberal consideration to requests for discharge upgrades from veterans who say they were kicked out of service because of problems related to PTSD.
Thousands of Vietnam-era soldiers may have been given punitive discharges because they suffered from PTSD before it was recognized as a debilitating medical condition, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel acknowledged in September. .
Bilingual Veterans Outreach Center of Mass Inc., 281 Franklin Street, Springfield, MA 01104 • PHONE: 413-731-0194 • Fax: 413-736-2008
Cpl. Zayas Bilingual Veterans Outreach Center, 363 B Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 • PHONE: 617-524-0346 • Fax: 617-524-0301
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