Memorial Day Notice
The Brookline Office of Veterans’ Service in response the unprecedented pandemic crisis will not be conducting a public ceremony as part of our Memorial Day observance. Many of the people who attend our ceremonies are at the most risk from the COVID-19 virus and I do not believe it is wise to risk their health with a public gathering.
Brookline does not forget, in conjunction with VFW Post 864 and American Legion Post 11 we will honor those who have passed with a ceremony not attend by the general public. The Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) will film the ceremony and broadcast it on cable access TV and the Brookline TAB will photograph the event.
Thanks to the men and women of the Department of Public Works and a handful of volunteers, flags have been placed at the graves of our veterans. Additional flags were left at both Walnut Hills and Holyhood cemeteries for loved ones if any veteran graves were missed.
As Director of Veterans’ Services, I know how much the Memorial Day observance means to so many of our families and I am so sorry for not conducting a public ceremony this year. I have worked with two families tragically impacted by the COVID-19 virus and I am not willing to risk the health of the living to honor those who have passed. It is my hope that we all stay safe and healthy and are able to gather next year to honor those that have passed.
William T. McGroarty
Director of Veterans’ Services
COVID-19 Veterans’ Notice 4/24/2020 Update
Financial Relief Actions -VA is suspending all collection actions on Veteran debts under the jurisdiction of the Treasury Department. VA will stop all referrals of delinquent debt to credit reporting agencies and will not take any actions to stop Veterans who are in delinquent status from seeking VA Home Loans. However, collection actions will resume after the termination of the national emergency declaration. VA is also automatically suspending collection action on all new benefit debts and is offering temporary suspension or extended repayment plans for existing benefit debts, whichever the Veteran prefers. To request a suspension or extended repayment plan, or to request a refund on a debt collection that was suspended, contact the Debt Management Center at 1-800-827-0648.
04/01 2020 Update:
Brookline MGL 115 Veterans Benefits: To all our MGL 115 recipients, the Town of Brookline will not count any federal economic stimulus payments as income and the payment will not affect your April or May benefit checks. All MGL 115 benefit checks for April & May will be direct deposit or mailed. Any Brookline veteran wishing to apply for MGL-115 benefits please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
and leave a phone number. You may also leave a message at the Public Health Office with a return phone number. We are extending the requirement for applying for MGL-115 burial benefits from 60 days to 180 days. I am suspending the requirement for veterans with employment plans to conduct job searches for the next 90 days.
VA Medical: The VA is setting up a drive-thru testing site at WX VA hospital (by Appointment only) and a COVID-19 isolation ward has been setup. Most non-essential medical VA office appointments / elective procedures have been postponed and virtual appointments are being used as much as possible. All prescriptions are being refilled by mail. Again, the best way I have found to communicate with your VA healthcare provider or to refill a prescription is to use your My Healthy Vet account. If you need technical assistance or want to do a test call with a VA help desk technician, please call the National Telehealth Technology Help Desk at (866) 651-3180 or (703) 234-4483 Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. through 11 p.m. EST
If you receive healthcare from the VA and believe you have COVID-19 symptoms please call your VA primary care provider to see if you meet the criteria for screening and set up a testing appointment.
VA Compensation & Pension: VA check were issued today as normal. The Boston Regional office is processing claims, however Comp & Pen exams have been suspended. All VBA hearings have been postponed.
VA Burials: The National Veterans Cemetery at Borne is still open, however limits to the size of committal are in effect. Also, if the family wishes a deceased can be buried and the committal can be rescheduled after the crisis.
Claudia and I are working from home, please contact me at email@example.com if you need service
Bill McGroarty, Director of Veterans Services
COVID-19 Veterans’ Notice
The Brookline Office of Veterans Services is closed to the public, to keep everyone safe due to the Convid-19 virus.
The office had suspended all transport to the VA hospitals.
All MGL-115 benefit checks will be mailed for the months of April and May.
All American Legion and VFW meetings and events at the Brookline Veterans post have been cancelled through April.
The VA Boston Medical Center is not providing prescriptions at the window, only by mail. The best way to order your medication is using the VA My Healthy Vet application. For Veterans who do not have accounts the phone number to the JP pharmacy is (617) 232- 9500. I suggest contacting your provider and asking for a 90 day instead of a 30 day supply. Most providers I have spoke with are good about doing that.
As of March 23rd no interruptions of VA disability and pension checks are anticipated. Please check this site for any changes.
I spoke to DVS and all VA BVA, hearings have been postponed.
I suggest you should call your VA provider to see if they are available before going to any regularly scheduled VA medical or comp & pen appointments.
I also suggest contacting your mental health provider before going in for any regularly scheduled appointments. Many are now doing visit by video conference or voice phone calls.
If you are having a mental health crisis please call the 24/7 Vetetans Crisis line at 1-800-273-8255.
If you are having a medical emergency Dial 911.
If you need to contact me, email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org. I am checking my email several times daily and will respond ASAP.
I will post news about Veterans Services on this site please check for updates.
Be safe, stay in as much as possible, practice social distancing and good sanitation. We will all get thought this being smart and working together.
Brookline Office of Veterans Services
Welcome to the Brookline Department of Veterans' Services. The Veterans' Office is responsible for the needs of the veterans of Brookline. We assist veterans / dependents with filing for veterans' benefits under Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 115, which is a state-run program, or filing for federal benefits such as VA service-connected or non-service connected disabilities or compensation.
Our office is very instrumental in assisting with the following forms of services:
- Applying for Social Security
- Assisting veterans with medical care referrals
- Educational benefits
- Emergency funds
- Filing of applications for grave markers
- Filing of other veterans related applications
- Job search
- Military records
- Securing housing
- Social Security Disability
- Social Security Supplemental Income
- Unemployment compensation
The Veterans Office is also responsible for Ceremonies on Memorial Day, Veterans Day, as well as the Adopt A Pole Program and Memorial Square Dedications.
Important Links & Resources
- Annuity form for parent (PDF)
- Annuity form for spouse (PDF)
- Annuity form for veteran (PDF)
- W-9 form to be submitted with annuity form (PDF)