Part-Time Assistant Service Officers Position Available

Responsibilities are as follows but not limited to the following:
(where veteran(s) is used it is implied that it includes family of veteran(s) where applicable)
Assist with filling original claims for compensation and/or pension with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to include the accurate completion of VA forms on their behalf

Assist with appealing veteran claims for service connected disabilities to include the accurate completion of VA forms on their behalf

Contact the veteran in a timely fashion when movement has been detected on a claim as well as return veteran inquiries within 48 hours

File Notice of Disagreement with the VA Regional Office if the claimant believes the decision made by the VA was incorrect

Respond to after research inquiries regarding medial, death/burial and any other benefits

Review veteran’s medical reports, service history and other documentation to determine if there is a valid claim

Determine if the veteran is eligible for benefits under federal, state or local laws

Participate or initiate in veteran forums, panel discussions or any event to inform the veteran community of the resources available to them through the Service Office utilizing federal, state and local laws

Research and remain up to date on all policies or laws at the federal and state level

Research and fully comprehend all information and adhere to the Privacy Act, HIPPA and any other federal or state laws

Utilize Veterans Affairs online computer system to access veterans’ records

Adhere to all policies set forth in the Department of Massachusetts VFW employee handbook

Attend training as requested by the Adjutant at minimum annually, for example but not limited to National Veteran Service training

This position reports to the State Service Officer


High School diploma or equivalent, college degree or credit are favorable

Must be an eligible member in good standing of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States

Must be Eligible for accreditation under Code of Federal Regulations 38

Prior experience in veterans’ service is a strongly desired as well as Federal and State veteran’s benefit knowledge

Ability to type 30-40 words a minute accurately a plus

Computer literate with familiarity with Microsoft Office products

Strong command of the verbal and written English language with good communication skills in order to work with a very diverse client base

Demonstrate proficiency in general math skills

The Department of Massachusetts VFW is an equal opportunity employer; we do not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, national origin, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, or veteran status.

Please submit resume and cover letter to:

Dept. of MA VFW
State Service Officer
JFK Federal Building, Ste 1500C
Boston, MA 02203





18 hours 17.8k

Mileage and partial cell phone reimbursement




Dec. 15 marks the fourth anniversary since the end of the war

This week as the VFW reflects on the fourth anniversary of the end of the Iraq War, we honor and salute America’s more than 1.5 million Iraq War veterans and the 4,486 service members who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Today, we keep these brave Americans at the forefront of our minds. From that fateful September day in 2001 rose America’s New Greatest Generation of service men and women. They bravely answered our nation’s call, determined to protect and defend our freedom.

The frontlines of Iraq brought never-before-seen challenges and a cruel and harsh environment. As in generations before, those who served willingly left behind family and country to stand tall in the face of an unknown and unseen enemy.

In an effort to help liberate a country from the clenches of a malicious government, they helped to weaken a terrorist network, empowered governments and trained militaries so they may have the opportunity to govern and defend themselves against the throes of evil.

No duty is greater than protecting America, our citizens, our ideals and our way of life. And this week, and every week, we salute and remember the American veterans of the Iraq War.

Thank you for your dedication, bravery and service.


Passing of Harold Layton-District 15

The wake for Harold Layton, husband of Past Department President Sheila Layton, will be held on Monday, January 4, 2016, at the Tighe Hamilton Funeral Home, 50 Central Street, Hudson, MA, 5-8 pm with a service on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.
Anyone wishing to send condolences may do so to: Sheila Layton and family, 99 Wagon Hill Rd., Marlborough, MA 01752

Please keep Sheila and her family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


Women in Combat Positions

December 04, 2015

WASHINGTON — In response to yesterday’s decision to open up the military’s combat arms branches to women, the national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States said everyone should have the opportunity to serve to their fullest potential, provided all job standards are maintained.

“Women have served honorably and bravely throughout our nation’s history,” said VFW National Commander John A. Biedrzycki Jr. “We support this new opportunity that allows them to continue to serve in career fields previously barred, not because of their ability, but solely because of their gender. Serving in direct http://gradeessaywriter.co.uk/ line units, and especially in behind-the-line special operations units, are privileges that have to be earned, but as long as the standards for the job are maintained, then the VFW wishes everyone much success.”


Part-time Service Officer hired for Western Mass Coverage

VFW Department of Massachusetts welcomes Ms. Nicole Phillips. Nicolle has been hired as the Part-time service officer covering Western Mass. A final schedule will be made available soon. Coverage areas include Pittsfield, Springfield, Holyoke and Northampton VA.


Passing of Son of NCM George Murray

The Department of MA sends its thoughts and prayers to NCM and PSC George Murray on the passing of his son.

Kevin J. Murray, age 48, of Norton, formerly of Mansfield passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, November 22, 2015.

Born in Norwood, MA on September 13, 1967, he was a loving son of Barbara A. (Chipman) Smith of Canton, the late Raymond C. Smith, and George D. Murray of Plymouth.

Kevin grew up in Mansfield and was a 1986 graduate of Mansfield High School. During the Persian Gulf War, he faithfully served his country for four years as a member of the United States Army. He was stationed in Germany and honorably discharged on April 23, 1994 with the rank of SP4.

For over ten years, he had made his home in Norton and was the proud owner of the KJM Painting Co.

Kevin was an avid fresh water fisherman, an ardent New England Patriots fan, and loved spending time with his family, especially his nieces and nephews. Kevin could best be described as a man with a kind heart, a loyal friend and someone you could count on when in need of help.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by loving companion Carolynn Turke and her son Mark of Norton. He was the dear brother of Kerri A. Scaramuzzo and her husband Tony of Mashpee, Lynn M. Robbins and her husband Chris of Mansfield, Anjanette Smith of Pawtucket and the late Raymond Smith. He was the devoted godfather of Lillian-Raye Scaramuzzo, the adoring uncle of Alicia, Anthony, Michael, Lilli, Al, Elliot, Carolyn, Caitlyn, Christopher, Bethani, Suzanne, Elizabeth and Shane. He is also survived by his loving grandnieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

His funeral Mass, to which relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend, will be celebrated on Monday, November 30th at 11:00 A.M.in St. Mary’s Church, 330 Pratt St. (Route 106) Mansfield. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Mansfield.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, November 29th from 4:00-8:00 P.M. at the Sherman & Jackson Funeral Home, 55 North Main St., Mansfield.

In lieu of flowers, Kevin’s family has requested that donations in his memory be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 74 Batterson Park Road, Farmington, CT 06032.

To send his family a message of condolence, please visit www.shermanjackson.com









VA updates Agent Orange Ship List

VA Updates Agent Orange Ship List: This week, VA added six new ships and expanded the dates for some already on the list of ships that operated on the inland waterways of Vietnam. Veterans whose military records confirm they were aboard these ships qualify for presumption of herbicide exposure. To check if your ship or boat has been added to the list, visit: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/shiplist/list.asp



Stolen Valor Act and other bills signed into law


The Stolen Valor Act was signed into law by Governor Baker

Monday authorizing the toughest “Stolen Valor” law in the nation.

Massachusetts is cracking down on people who falsely claim military status for financial gain. Governor Charlie Baker signed “Stolen Valor” legislation into law Monday, making it a crime to impersonate a service member or veteran for money or military benefits.

The bill was filed by Westfield Democrat John Velis who served in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army Reserves. He told 22News some people have been caught wearing a fake military uniform or medals for financial gain from a free meal from a restaurant, all the way to a veteran’s home loan. The penalty for the crime is up to a year in jail, a $1,000 fine or both.

Four additional Veterans related laws was also signed:

State Rep. Aaron Vega, D-Holyoke, sponsored a law that will give Purple Heart recipients free access to Massachusetts state parks and recreation areas.

State Rep. Todd Smola, R-Warren, sponsored a law that will require anyone convicted of willfully damaging a war memorial or veteran’s gravestone or marker to pay restitution to the property owners.

The other new laws make it a crime to steal commemorative flag holders from veterans’ or first responders’ graves and to buy or sell stolen headstones or monuments from veterans’ or first responders’ graves
A great day in the Commonwealth.



“Stole Valor Bill Passes in the House”

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – House lawmakers on Wednesday passed the “Stolen Valor Act” bill, which would make it a crime to impersonate a military member or veteran for financial gain. Lead bill sponsor Westfield Democrat John Velis explains why this issue hits so close to home.

“Too many people have given too much. As a service member, as a veteran, I’ve lost friends myself. We cannot allow people to carry on this practice,” Velis told 22News.

Some people attempt to falsely claim military status by wearing a uniform or forging documents for money or military benefits. That can range anywhere from a free meal to a V.A. home loan, according to Eric Segundo, Sr. of the Massachusetts Veterans of Foreign Wars.

“Even just standing on the corner with a sign that says ‘help me I’m a veteran,’ if they’re not a veteran that’s wrong. They shouldn’t be doing that,” he said.

If the “Stolen Valor Act” is signed into law, anyone convicted of the crime would be punished by up to a year in jail or a $1,000 dollar fine, or both. We asked House Speaker Robert DeLeo whether the punishment fits the crime. He said, “I think that he found that was the most reasonable amount of time.”

The “Stolen Valor Act” now heads to the Senate. It doesn’t seem like that chamber is in much of a rush to take up the bill – at least not by Veterans’ Day next Wednesday.

If the bill reaches the Governor’s desk for his signature, Massachusetts would have the strongest Stolen Valor law in the nation.


H1641 “Stolen Valor Act” House Votes on Wednesday 11/4

H1641 “Stolen Valor Act” will be heard on the house floor for a vote on Wednesday 11/4. We are extremely pleased that our state Representatives expeditiously move this bill for a vote. We are confident by the bipartisan support that it would have a favorable outcome. We need the senate to immediately follow suit and move to take a vote as well on this important bill just in time for Veterans Day. What better way to show support for veterans in the commonwealth than to protect those very benefits in which we have earned and protect them from fraud. Contact your State Senators to bring it for a vote as well!

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