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REPORT OF THE DIRECTOR OF VETERAN SERVICES 2009

1. Requests received for M.G.L. Chapter 115 benefits:

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2. Total activated Chapter 115 Cases: 3. Total Veteran Burial assistance: 4. Total # residents aided under Chapter 115: 5. Requests for Federal V.A. assistance: 6. Total Federal V.A. cases in Sturbridge 7. Requests for other assistance: 8. Total # residents assisted:

3 2 6 32 154 22 121

Services provided by this office for 2009 were:

This represents a slight increase in service requests from the previous year. Many veterans are applying for the prescription drug benefit program through the Veterans Administration. In addition, there were two veterans who required assistance due to unemployment.

Through the community Senior Service program, Ms Tina Galati continues to assist in the record keeping and administrative work of this office. Her assistance is greatly appreciated. One of the items accomplished this year was the completion of cross reference of files and organization of old records.

I am available to assist any resident with a veteran related issue. My office hours are the second and fourth Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:00 P.M. You can reach me by calling me at home at 508-347-3386. You can also send me an email at tchamberland@town.sturbridge.ma.us. More information on veterans’ benefits and links

to many popular resources are located on my home page on the Town’s web site.

Respectfully submitted,

Thomas A. Chamberland Director, Veteran Services

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