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Resources for Veterans

Fellow Veterans,Greg Matos

The need for prior service members with mental health training is tremendous and MSPP is one place you can get that training in the company of other veterans.

Several of us at MSPP have come together to provide support to each other and outreach opportunities to the MSPP community. For example, we annually host a “Chow Hall Event” to give future mental health clinicians a taste of MRE’s, while sharing stories of our military heritage, ideals, and experiences.

We welcome all service members who are interested in studying psychology to visit the MSPP campus and consider it for your graduate study. To connect with one of the MSPP Veterans, don’t hesitate to contact admissions@mspp.edu for more information.

Thank you and best of luck in your studies.

Here’s more information about resources for veterans
that may complement your enrollment at MSPP:

Federal Benefits for Veterans – VA Pamphlet 80-09-01

This handbook is a comprehensive official guide to all benefits available to veterans as authorized by federal regulation, and includes information on the following:

  • Health Care
  • Service-Connected Disabilities
  • VA Pensions
  • Education Benefits
  • Home Loan Guaranty
  • Life Insurance
  • Transition Assistance
  • Military Medals and Records
  • Appealing VA Claim Decisions
  • Index of VA Facilities and web sites

To request a copy, please log onto the US Government Printing Office web site at: http://bookstore.gpo.gov/ or call toll free at: 866-512-1800.

VA Health Care

VA operates the nation’s largest integrated health care system in the world, with over 1000 sites of care, including hospitals, clinics and counseling centers.

Please note that students who are approved for VA health care access are not required to purchase the MSPP-sponsored health insurance plan.

Combat Veterans are automatically eligible for health care services up to 5-years post-separation. Veterans are encouraged to visit the West Roxbury VA to determine eligibility.

To apply for enrollment, students must complete VA form 10-10EZ (Application for Health Benefits). For additional information about VA health care, click on this link: www.va.gov/health.

The VA Medical Center closest to MSPP is located at: 1400 VFW Parkway, Boston MA 02132.

Certain veterans may be further eligible for reimbursement of travel costs when traveling for approved VA Medical care.

Educational Benefits: Post 9/11 GI Bill

The Post 9/11 GI Bill is s new education benefit program for certain service members and veterans who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. Benefits are payable for training pursued on or after August 1, 2009. Generally, service members and veterans may receive up to 36 months of entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

MSPP has partnered with VA to offer supplemental benefits under the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program. In addition to regular Post 9/11 GI Bill education benefits, qualifying students can receive a $5,000 VA Yellow Ribbon grant and a matching $5,000 grant from MSPP under this program. For addition information about GI Bill benefits, please log onto http://gibill.va.gov/ or you may contact the MSPP Office of Student Services at 617-327-6777 x1524

Work Study Employment Opportunities with the VA

Students enrolled at least 3/4 time are eligible to apply for part time work-study employment at a VA facility. For more information about this benefit, please click on this link: http://www.gibill.va.gov/pamphlets/wkstud.htm

Massachusetts Women Veterans’ Network

The Women Veterans’ Network is a program of the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services. The Network is the central resource for women veterans in Massachusetts and provides information on federal, state and local benefits. The Network’s mission is to expand awareness of the needs of women veterans and to identify available health and human resources to meet those needs.

Interested students may contact the Network at 617-210-5781 or by e-mail: dvswomen@vet.state.ma.us.

Veterans Small Business Administration (SBA)

The SBA maintains an Office of Veterans Business Development for veterans considering operating a small business. Services include business planning assistance, financing, counseling and training. For more information, please click on this link: www.sba.gov/aboutsba/sbaprograms/ovbd/OVBD_VBOP.html .

Appeals of VA Claims Decisions

Veterans and other claimants for VA benefits have the right to appeal decisions made by a VA regional office or medical center. A claimant has one year from the date of notification of a decision to file an appeal. The process begins by contacting the regional office or medical center that rendered the initial decision and filing a written notice of disagreement. More information about VA appeals can found in the Federal Benefits for Veterans Handbook, VA Pamphlet 80-09-01.

Updated 6/11/13
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