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Disabled Veterans with a 70% or higher rating can apply for a Reduced Fare Program TAP CharlieCard for the MBTA.  The Veteran with a disability rating 70% or greater must fill out an application form and submit "Benefits Summary Letter" on Veterans Administration letterhead, specifying disability rating.  If approved, you get a card like the one pictured below:
Try the following links or cut and paste them into your browser search bar to open the Transportation Access Pass (TAP) page and the application page.

New veterans identification card. (Image: Department of Veterans Affairs)

962017_120354_0.jpgThe Massachusetts Medal of Liberty

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 33, Section 67A
“There shall be a medal of liberty which shall be awarded to the next of kin of service men and women from the commonwealth killed in action or who died in service while in a designated combat area in the line of duty or who died as a result of wounds received in action."

The Massachusetts Medal of Liberty is awarded to Massachusetts service men and women, who have been killed in action or who died as a result of wounds received in action. It is bequeathed on behalf of the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as Commander-in-Chief of the Commonwealth.

The medal, designed by Sgt. Kristopher W. Adams, is heart-shaped to symbolize the Purple Heart and is attached to a 1 3/8 inch wide ribbon with a black border representing mourning. The centre of the medal bears a Gold Star symbolizing Gold Star Mothers Club. At the top centre of the medal is the coat of arms of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and on the rear side is the recipient's branch of service and name with the words “In Honored Memory” engraved above and “Service and Sacrifice” below.

For eligibility requirements and application form, see the link below or contact your veteran service officer.

N-Wreaths-Across-America-web-9532.jpgThe Wreaths Across America convoy stopped in Northborough for a brief ceremony during their trip to Arlington National Cemetery.  Read the article and see more pictures by clicking here.

It's important for people to be aware that they may qualify for a reduced electric rate through National Grid.  For Veterans, those receiving benefits from VA DIC, the VA non-service connected pension, or Massachusetts Chapter 115 may qualify.  Various other programs may qualify you for a reduced rate, such as SNAP, MassHealth, Fuel Assistance, WIC, and more.  Click here to view the National Grid discount rate application.  Having a VA disability rating, by itself, does not qualify you for a reduced rate.

On Sunday, September 11th, members of the 501st NEG came to the American Legion Post 234in Northborough.  Members of our local American Legions, VFW, US Army Brotherhood of Tankers, and various other local organizations enjoyed a BBQ while people stopped to get their picture taken.  Learn more about the 501st NEG and their good works by clicking here.  

Congratulations to the American Legion Post 397 Baseball Team in Shrewsbury for winning the State Championship!  We'll be routing for you as you head to the New England Regionals!

Follow the State Champs on on twitter@post397.


American Legion baseball is a fun, free way for you and your family or friends to get outside and watch a great game.  In our district, both Northborough and Shrewsbury field a team.  To see the schedule for your team, visit the District 4 Baseball website.

In this photo from the Community Advocate, Northborough's Jason Lu makes a sliding catch in the outfield.

Memorial Day 2016 was a great success in Grafton, Northborough, Shrewsbury, and Westborough.  Thanks to all of the participants and spectators who braved the rainy weather to ensure that the the memories of our lost neighbors are maintained.

Dohlus-W-F-290a.jpgWilliam Francis Dohlus, Jr., a Grafton native, was an Electrician's Mate, First Class on the submarine, USS Cisco. In late September, 1943 the Cisco was lost west of the Philippines. Based on later released Japanese records, a submarine matching the description and presumed general location of the Cisco was sunk by "bombs and depth charges" on September 28, 1943.

Several months ago, a family member of his was seeking information to get a marker placed at a local cemetery. After some research we were able to piece together the story and obtain the official paperwork needed to get the marker through the VA.

The marker was recently received and installed at St. Philip's cemetery, and a brief ceremony was held on Tuesday, May 17th. William was born on May 17, 1916, making that day his 100th birthday. While his remains are lost at sea, we're able to bring the memory of him home to Grafton.  Some photos from the ceremony can be found by clicking here.

On Saturday, April 30th, we held a Vietnam Veteran Welcome Home ceremony in Shrewsbury, MA.  Read more about it in the Community Advocate by clicking here.


We assist local residents file their compensation claims for VA pensions and disability.  As with all of our other local services, there is no charge.  Many of these claims require a Compensation and Pension Exam at some point in the claims process.  The video below shows what to expect during this exam.

On March 23, 2016, a number of local Veterans were interviewed by students at Westborough High School for StoryCorps.

The Veterans widely ranged in age, and included participants who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan.  

These interviews were recorded, and can be listened to by clicking here.  Visit to find out more information about this global platform for listening, connecting and sharing stories of the human experience.

A portion of Algonquin Regional High School will bear a tribute to Northborough native Brian Arsenault, a 2004 graduate who was killed while serving with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.

Members of the Northborough-Southborough Regional School Committee on Wednesday voted to dedicate a portion of the school building or grounds in memory of Arsenault, who died in September 2014.

Read Jim Haddidin's article, Algonquin to Commemorate 2004 Grad Killed in Afghanistan, for more information.

The Town of Westborough’s Veterans’ Advisory Board recently held a ceremony to honor the late Howard K. (Pete) Fay, Jr. as the first recipient of the VETERAN OF THE YEAR Award.  The award was created to honor Westborough Veterans who have made extraordinary contributions to the town and foster the well-being of their ex-military neighbors; Pete exemplified this criteria and becomes the model for others to follow. A plaque, donated by Crown Trophy of Northborough, was presented to the Fay family on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at a ceremony at Westborough Town Hall.

Because so many resources exist in Massachusetts, it's sometimes difficult to find what you're looking for.  MassOptions assists Massachusetts residents discover benefits and services that are available to them.  These can include in-home care, transportation services, education and training, caregiver support, and much more.  Find out more by visiting or by calling  1-844-422-6277.

Terry Newman, a Northborough resident, recently completed a documentary titled Southborough Veterans:  Local Life Lessons, which allows many of the residents of neighboring Southborough to reflect on their experiences with military service.

R-Holiday-Celebration-4-rs-300x243.jpgHoliday Celebration 2015 was held on Sunday, December 2nd, and was a great success.  This was a free event for area families to come down and enjoy the company of their neighbors as we celebrate the season.  A special thank you to all of the organizations that made this event possible, including the Algonquin High School Camerata Singers, Assabet Valley MCJROTC, American Legion Post 234, Boros Cares 4 Troops, Dixon, Inc., Grafton Lions Club, New Leaf Salon, Shrewsbury Parks & Recreation, Westborough Rotary Club, and others who provided support in a variety of ways.  

Go to our Videos Page for video instructions on how to apply for VA Disability, Non-service Connected Pension, Survivor Benefits, and more.

The Town of Northborough celebrated Applefest on September 19, drawing a wide range of local military and Veterans' organizations to participate in force.  There was a great display by many organizations, including several students from Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School's Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps (MCJROTC).  Learn more about the MCJROTC program by watching the video below.

12002228_1672190639712434_2641798503773440544_n.jpgA very touching September 11th remembrance ceremoney was held in front of the Forbes building in Westborough.  This was organized by a Westborough High School freshman who was 6-months old at the time of the attacks.  

You can read more about the ceremony by clicking here, and view more pictures here.

7282015_112440_0.jpgThere are always plenty of fun family events happening in the area.  Be sure to look at our calendar, which is located on the lower-right portion of this screen.  We post those events happening in or close to our area as we learn of them.  If you know of a Veterans' or military themed event that's not listed on the calendar, click the Contact Us button above and let us know.

furlong-200x200.jpgThis month's edition of Veterans' Corner features an interview with Tommy Furlong (right), Director of Outreach and Peer Support from the Home Base Program and former USMC Infantry Officer.

Tommy discusses his unique background, and the work that the Home Base Program does in conjunction with the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital to bring tangible services to our post-9/11 Veterans.

7152015_113554_0.pngHonor Flight New England's first flight was on June 13, 2009. It was a humbling experince to be with these WWII Veterans on our maiden voyage to D.C. Of those 50 Veterans and Guardians traveling with us on board were 14 World War II Prisoners of War and 5 World War II Heroes, including one hero that lost his sight while serving his country.

Honor Flight New England will also pay tribute to America's other heroes who served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, followed by veterans of more current wars. They, too, have given so much and it's time we show them that their efforts are not forgotten. 


Click here to view a 30-minute interview with the new Director of the VA Central Western Massachusetts Health Care system, retired Army COL John "Jack" P. Collins.

During this interview, COL Collins talks about the successes and challenges of Veterans' Health Care System in our area, and the plans for the future.

Use the links on the left side of the screen to explore the topics that you are interested in.  If you haven't visited your Veterans' Services Office before, I'd suggest reading a little about us before getting started.  We are currently updating our content, so please check back regulary.

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