The Department of Veterans Services has been providing services and benefits to veterans since 1861.
From the date of that commitment, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts insured that no individual who served his or her state and nation with honor would ever be forced to turn to public welfare for assistance. The Massachusetts Executive Office and the Massachusetts House and Senate have shown their concern for the welfare of the veteran and his or her dependents. This support has proven to be one of the most comprehensive programs in the country. These services are provided through the Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services and the local Veterans Services Office.
Veterans' Services Timeline
1888 - The Soldiers Relief Law was enacted, which gave cities and towns the right to support honorably discharged veterans, their spouses, widows and minor children.
1945 - The Office of Commissioner of Veterans' Services was created.
1946 - Chapter 115 (Veterans' Services) of the Massachusetts General Laws was reorganized to form the basis of today's benefits and services program.
1946 - Chapter 599 Acts of 1946 mandated "municipal and district Departments of Veterans' Services." Veterans' Agents and Directors of Veterans' Services have become the first individuals that the veteran will turn to for assistance.
The City of Chicopee Veterans Services Office is both proud and honored to continue to provide assistance to our veterans, and their dependents through compassion and professionalism.