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Hampden County
Bar Association
P.O. Box 559 ยท 50 State Street
Springfield, MA 01102-0559

Telephone: (413) 732-4660
Facsimile: (413) 732-6882

Veterans Initiative

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Whether it is veterans’ benefits appeals or personal injury matters, military criminal defense or divorce & custody disputes, we will help find a local lawyer to assist you.


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The Hampden County legal community has collaborated with the dedicated staff of Solider On to offer comprehensive services and support to at-risk veterans, including alternatives to incarceration and solutions for veteran homelessness.


Soldier On

Soldier On is a private nonprofit organization committed to ending veteran homelessness. Since 1994, the organization has been providing homeless veterans with transitional housing and supportive services. In 2010, Soldier On opened the first Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans Community, a permanent housing cooperative that provides formerly homeless veterans with safe, sustainable, affordable housing – transitioning them from homelessness to homeownership. This housing model will be replicated nationally as Soldier On continues to change the end of the story for homeless veterans throughout the country.

The mission of the Western Massachusetts Veterans Treatment Court, located at the Holyoke District Court, is to reintegrate court–involved individuals who have served in the nation’s armed forces into society as honorable citizens. Admission into the Veterans Treatment Court provides for competent assessment and treatment planning for both substance dependence and mental health disorders. The program includes supervision, monitoring, and support to veterans while protecting public safety. Western Massachusetts Veterans Treatment Court Referral Form pdf format of Referral Form

Veterans Assistance Center


Certified service officers of the Disabled American Veterans operate a free Veterans’ Assistance Center at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke. The Center helps Veterans and their family members with filing for state and federal benefits, including service-connected and non-service connected Disability Benefits, Pension, Aid & Attendance, Educational Benefits, Military Medals & Records, and Dependency Indemnity Compensation.  Veterans should bring with them their DD 214 and any relevant paperwork, including VA correspondence and medical records, if available. Hours of operation are Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon.  Service is on a first-come, first-served basis.


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts provides funding for other programs that support veterans in western Massachusetts.

Local Veterans’ Service Officers

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Holyoke Soldiers Home

Aerial view of the Soldiers Home in Holyoke, MA

Since 1952, the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke’s mission is to provide quality “Care with Honor and Dignity” to our state’s Veterans.  The Home is a state treasure where special people (our staff) take care of American heroes- our Veterans.  In addition, it is a state-funded, fully accredited health care facility that offers Veterans quality health care, hospice care, including full-time residential accommodations, an on-site dental clinic, Veterans assistance center, and a multi-service outpatient department. The tradition of service to the Veterans of Massachusetts is surpassed only by our continuing commitment to excellence by the Home’s entire staff who provide quality “Care with Honor and Dignity” on a 24/7 basis for those in need now and in the future.