Programs

Our programs and services aim to provide support and assistance to bereaved family members of our local fallen heroes in a variety of ways:

Direct Support

Basic Needs

The Basic Needs Program of the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund offers limited emergency financial assistance for military families whose ability to provide for themselves has been compromised by the grief of losing a service member in a time of war.  Often times, military benefits are not made available to all family members who need them.  The Basic Needs Program can fill in the benefits gap for these families, while at the same time, offering referrals and advocacy in order to address the obstacles to financial self sufficiency.  The Basic Needs Program can be the bridge for missed rental/mortgage payments, utility bills and other basic necessities.

Eligibility. You may be eligible for assistance through this program if:

  • You are a family member of a military service member from Massachusetts who died on, or as a result of, post 9/11/2001 military operations.  For the purposes of this program, eligible family members are those related to the fallen service member as a spouse, domestic partner, child, parent or sibling.  Other family members may be considered if they have been appointed guardians for dependents of the deceased service member;
  • You have experienced financial hardship as a direct result of  the death of your family service member; and
  • The Adjusted Gross Income for the latest federal tax return filed for your household does not exceed three times the federal poverty level for the year in which the assistance is awarded.  The latest Federal Poverty Guidelines can be found here:  https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines

Application.  Family members interested in applying to this program should click on the link below to download an application.

MMHF Application for Financial Assistance v 5-1-15 (Word doc)

Completed applications can be mailed to the Fund as follows:

Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund
Basic Needs Program Application
727 Atlantic Avenue, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA  02111

Important Note:  Funding for this program is limited at this time.  Assistance will be awarded based on the urgency of the presenting need and on the availability of funds.  If you are a Massachusetts family member of a fallen military service member who does not meet the above guidelines, please call us for assistance regardless and we will do our best to match your needs with other community resources.

 


Family Enrichment Program

The Family Enrichment Program of the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund offers up to $1,000/year to eligible member households to be used for services and programs which can enrich the quality of life for post 9/11 bereaved military families.  Costs eligible for reimbursement under this program are uninsured mental health counseling fees (with a licensed provider), life coaching services, career counseling fees, educational classes, tutoring, childcare expenses, camps and vocational training.  Other services, programs and expenses will be considered on a case by case basis.

Eligibility. You may be eligible for assistance through this program if:

You are a family member of a military service member from Massachusetts who died on, or as a result of, post 9/11/2001 military operations. For the purposes of this program, eligible family members are those related to the fallen service member as a spouse, domestic partner, child, parent or sibling.  Other family members may be considered if they have been appointed guardians for dependents of the deceased service member;

  • You have experienced financial hardship as a result of the death of your family service member;
  • Your present financial resources would not cover the cost of the expenses being requested under this program; and
  • The expenses you are requesting to be covered under this program are not eligible for reimbursement from any other resource, including health insurance.

Application.  Family members interested in applying to this program should click on the link below to download an application.

MMHF Application for Family Enrichment Program Financial Assistance v 1-24-17.

Deadlines.  Applications will be accepted during enrollment periods twice a year:  between October 1 – December 31 and between June 1 – August 31.  Awards will be given twice a year following enrollment periods – in January and September.

Completed applications can be mailed to the Fund as follows:

Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund
Family Enrichment Program Application
727 Atlantic Avenue, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA  02111

Important Notes:  Funding for this program is limited and priority will be given to families seeking grants for mental health counseling, educational or vocational services.  Assistance will be awarded based on the urgency of the presenting need and on the availability of funds.  Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund reserves the right to determine if the expenses being requested for reimbursement under this program are appropriate.  Grant awards are limited to a maximum allowance per household of $1,000 in a consecutive twelve-month period.  Grant awards are reimbursements for expenses paid.  Receipts for these expenses must be included with applications.  In some limited cases, Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund will arrange to pay all or a portion of these expenses directly to a vendor.

If you are a Massachusetts family member of a fallen military service member who does not meet the above guidelines, please call us for assistance regardless and we will do our best to match your needs with other community resources.

Emergency Casualty Assistance Program

The Emergency Casualty Assistance Program of the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund offers financial support to military families who are impacted by the death of an immediate family service member.  Funds from this program may be used to pay for expenses related to the funeral of a family service member which are not covered by any military program or benefit.

This program may be accessed upon application from either an eligible family member of a service member who died in support of post 9/11/2001 military operations, or, by a representative of any of the military branches providing casualty assistance services to the relatives of the fallen service member.

You may be eligible for assistance through this program if:

  • You are an eligible family member of a military service member with ties to Massachusetts who died while in service to the United States as a result of or in support of military operations dating after 9/11/2001.  For the purposes of this program, eligible family members are those related to the fallen service member as a spouse, domestic partner, child, parent or sibling.  Other family members may be considered if they have been appointed guardians for dependents of the deceased service member, or, upon petition to the Fund;

Application.  Family members and Casualty Assistance Officers interested in applying to this program should send a written request containing:

  • The full name and rank of the fallen service member
  • The city/town and state of residence listed with the Department of Defense as the service member’s home of record
  • The date of the service member’s death
  • The location of the service member’s death;
  • The name of the military operation the service member was supporting at the time of his/her death.
  • The name, address, telephone and email address of the petitioner and their relationship to the fallen service member; and
  • A brief description of how the funds will be used, including the amount requested and the method of payment requested (reimbursement or direct billing to the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund)

This written request can be sent by email to Diane Nealon, Executive Director, at dnealon@massmilitaryheroes.org. In urgent situations, requests can be called in to 617-482-0444 during business hours or to 617-942-1484 outside of business hours.  Funds for this program are limited and will be disbursed based upon the urgency of presenting need.

Clinical Case Management
Eligible family members can meet with the staff social worker on a regular basis to help them address psychiatric obstacles to benefits and social services.  Meetings will focus on coordination of services being provided by all agencies working with the family member, particularly any involved therapists.  This program does not take the place of regular mental health counseling.


Referrals

The Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund can offer referrals to resources for mental health providers, military benefit advocates, legal services and financial/estate planning.

Family members wishing to access these services should contact Diane Nealon at 617-482-0444, or at dnealon@massmilitaryheroes.org.


Advocacy

The Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund staff will assist family members with obtaining social services, insurance payments and other benefits which can be difficult to navigate.

Family members wishing to access these services should contact Diane Nealon at 617-482-0444, or at dnealon@massmilitaryheroes.org.

Community Building Events

Public Program Events

The Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund is proud to offer community support to the families of the fallen, through both public and private events.  Public events bring our community together in acts of volunteer service showcasing our support for our military and their families.  Private events are social gatherings designed to bring bereaved families together in an atmosphere of fun and mutual support.  Family members wishing to access the private events should contact us at 617-482-0444.

Donate to help us create this beautiful flag garden

Memorial Day Flag Garden Planting on Boston Common

Our signature community building event!  We and hundreds of volunteers create a majestic garden of flags on Boston Common for Memorial Day weekend.  Each of the 37,000 flags we plant at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument will represent every brave Massachusetts service member who gave his or her life defending our country since the Revolutionary War. The completed garden is a breathtaking tribute to the true meaning of Memorial Day and a powerful message of community support to the families of these fallen heroes that their sacrifices will never be forgotten.

We rely on donors and volunteers to create this display and to stand watch over them throughout Memorial Day weekend.  Please consider volunteering your time or sponsoring a flag to help create this moving tribute.

Special thanks to John Hancock for key sponsorship of our flag garden.

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Remembering & Honoring Our Heroes Name Reading Ceremony

Held just before Memorial Day, this ceremony includes families of the Massachusetts fallen from Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle who read the names of their loved ones in front of the flag display in Boston Common.  The public is welcomed and by standing with us during this ceremony, you will let these families know that their loved ones’ ultimate sacrificed in honored and will never be forgotten.

9/11 Service Project to Support Our Troops & Families

9-11 Care Package Day of Service

Each September, the Massachusetts Military Heroes fund coordinates a care package service project to support active duty service members and homeless veterans, as well as a pledge drive to support local bereaved military families. This event is held at the Mother’s Walk on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston.  This is a wonderful opportunity to give back to our community in a positive way on September 11th; now a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Activities include building 500 military care packages for our service members overseas, 500 care packages for our homeless veterans in Massachusetts, writing letters of support to our troops, and a pledge drive for the families supported by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund.

On behalf of the families we serve, thank you for your support!

Private Family Events

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