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As an organization, DAV proposes and promotes legislation that will benefit injured veterans and their families. We initiate this from chapter-based resolutions to our national conventions, then on to Congress. We provide thousands of hours of voluntary services at our five VA medical centers in Massachusetts, assisting hospitalized veterans. Our Transportation Program provides free rides between veterans’ homes and the VA medical centers for clinic appointments. Through our Local Veterans Assistance Program (LVAP), we provide services to veterans in their communities such as grocery shopping, yard work and companionship.

Our mantra for 93 years is providing counseling and assistance for those filing for benefits with the VA and state agencies. The epidemic of homelessness among veterans, especially disabled veterans, is widely known, and DAV provides these wounded warriors with much needed support. 23% of returning veterans are women, and we offer services to meet their unique needs. We also give special attention to the children of returning veterans. We are working with Golden Corral in supporting Camp Corral which helps teach these children that the altered behaviors of mom and dad are not their fault. It gives them an opportunity to talk with other children of returning veterans.

The Massachusetts Municipal Association(MMA) is actively advocating for the elimination of veterans’ preference and other anti-discrimination protections included in civil service laws. Their membership consists of elected and appointed officials from the same Massachusetts cities and towns that on Memorial Day and Veterans Day hold ceremonies and parades where they are happy to bolster their public images by praising and being photographed with the same veterans whom they are aggressively trying to disenfranchise of their rights.

DAV Dept of MA strongly opposes the MMAs effort to use the current and difficult conversations our society is having around race and equality to revoke rights, benefits and anti-discrimination protections for veterans and Gold Star families in public sector employment.

These efforts are meant to achieve their long-sought legislative goals of freeing themselves from their obligations to our veterans and revoking the rights our brothers and sisters have most certainly earned.

Instead of working together with veterans to facilitate fair and meaningful change, the MMA has chosen to engage in a dishonest campaign that is exploiting serious social issues as cover for an unrelated agenda they have been advocating for years. Please contact your legislator and ask them to support veterans and Gold Star families by protecting civil service.
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