Veteran Advancement Programs

In November of 2019, the DAV Dept. of MA Service Fund Inc. merged and assumed responsibility of Veteran Homestead Inc. which has been running sober-living and transitional housing programs for veterans since the 1990s. Since having combined, the knowledge and expertise of the organization has soared to new heights providing even more support and services to this vulnerable population. The housing and program service models have been proven effective with past and present participants. Now renamed as the Veteran Advancement Program of the DAV Dept. of MA Service Fund Inc., we are still operating the programs Veteran Homestead Inc. initiated to include: long term and transitional sober-living, supportive care, affordable housing programs-Hero and Armistice Houses of Leominster, as well as the affordable transitional housing program in Gardner for veterans seeking higher education and attend college.

Gardner Veteran Advancement Program Brochure

More information and updates about these programs to come as we continue this transition to expand our services.

To ask questions about these programs or to Request an Application, please email: admissions@davma.org.

We kindly request your patience as you await our response. Please understand we receive a substantial amount of inquiries via phone and email regarding housing services for homeless and other veterans of North Central Massachusetts as well as other areas and states. Our hope to expand services to help more veterans will help to fill the gap in placement of homeless veterans as well as addressing the growing need for suicide prevention and assistance with opioid/substance use disorders and mental health in our locality. A member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.

To support the Veteran Advancement Program of the DAV Dept. of MA Service Fund Inc., checks may be mailed to:

DAV Dept. of MA Service Fund Inc.
3 Victory Lane
Gardner, MA 01440

For memorial donations, please write the name of the individual(s) being honored and remembered on the check.

DAV of MA is not allowed to accept donations online. If  you wish to make a credit card donation, please email Terry Mate.

All monetary amounts are welcome and greatly appreciated.

501(c)3 Approval Letter

Timeline Photos88 years ago today in our nation's capital, thousands of veterans, many disabled, were protesting for their benefits when police and active duty military descend upon them.In 1924, Congress had rewarded WWI veterans with certificates redeemable in 1945 for $1,000. By 1932, many of these former servicemen were in dire straights due to the Depression. They asked Congress to redeem their bonuses early. When they refused, "The Bonus Army" marched on Washington to demand recognition and aid. This unarmed vigil was conducted with respect and decorum.On July 28 1932, Washington police began to clear the demonstrators. Two men were killed as tear gas and bayonets assailed the Bonus Marchers. President Hoover ordered an army regiment into the city, under the leadership of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. The army, complete with infantry, cavalry, and tanks, rolled in and burned their shanty settlements, forcing the Bonus Army to flee.In the end, the Bonus Army was denied their request, but in 1936, Congress passed a bill that helped these veterans get their pay early. President Roosevelt would veto the bill, but his veto was overridden by Congress. ...
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