Financial Assistance

Chapter 115 Massachusetts General Law
Chapter 115 is a financial assistance program geared toward veterans and their families in times of need or unemployment.
  • If your income is less than $1,805 per month (single) or $2,249 (couple), and you have less than $3,200 in the bank, you could be eligible for assistance with medical insurance and expenses.
  • If your income is less than $1,345 per month (single) or $1,860 (couple) and you have less than $3,200 in the bank, you could be eligible for cash assistance as well as assistance with medical insurance and expenses.
Eligible Dependents
Wife, husband, widow, widower, mother, father, and any person who stood in the relationship of a parent to such veteran for five years next, preceding the commencement of his (veteran's) wartime service.

Not Considered a Veteran
Active service in the armed forces, as used in Chapter 4, Section 7, clause 43, shall not include active duty for training in the Army National Guard, Air National Guard, or as a reservist in the armed forces of the United States.

Graves Registration & Care
The City of Northampton's Veterans' Agent serves as the Graves officer. In cities and towns where there are cemeteries containing the remains of deceased veterans, such cities and towns shall cause to be placed on such veteran's graves a flag of the United Stales on every Memorial Day.

Veterans Service Agent
A city or town which has a population of 12,000 or more people must employ on a full-time basis a Veterans' Service Agent.

Burial Agent
The City of Northampton's Veterans' Agent serves as the city Burial Agent to provide burial to any veteran who dies without funds so that they may have a dignified funeral.