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State and Community Programs and Services
Home Base Program
The Home Base Program is a partnership between the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital dedicated to improving the lives of veterans who are deployed in support of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and live with deployment or combat-related stress and/or traumatic brain injury. They provide clinical care as well as support for their Families. Additionally, educational courses and materials for health care providers and the public are available. For more information visit www.homebaseprogram.org.
"Home For The Brave" Home Loan Program
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Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund (MSLF)
The MSLF grants some funds for college or university attendance for children of deceased military members killed on deployment during Operations Enduring or Iraqi Freedom provided the deceased military parent listed Massachusetts as their home of record at the time they were killed. For information, visit www.mslfund.org.
Military Spouse Residency Relief Act
On November 11, 2009, the President signed into law the Military Spouse Residency Relief Act. This Act, among other things, provides that when a service member leaves his or her home State in accord with military or naval orders, the service member's spouse may retain residency in his or her home State for voting and tax purposes, after relocating from that State to accompany the service member. In the State of Massachusetts an exemption from Massachusetts withholding tax may be claimed if an employees spouse is a member of the US Armed Services and their state of legal residence is not Massachusetts.
Statewide Advocacy for Veterans' Empowerment (SAVE)
The SAVE program advocates for veterans who are not able to obtain the benefits they have earned due to institutional or personal barriers. The program's primary mission is prevention of suicide and mental health distress through the identification of issues facing veterans when they return from service and proactively providing them with access to benefits and services that may address these issues and result in positive transitions back to civilian life. SAVE acts as a liaison between veterans and their families and the various agencies within the federal and state governments and works closely, and in collaboration, with the Massachusetts National Guard. For more information call (888) 844-2838.