By Samantha Allen
TYNGSBORO -- With 1.3 million people expected to begin losing unemployment benefits through the federal government this week, Tyngsboro's veterans' service officer stresses there is assistance still available for veterans in need.
Chris Dery said state veterans benefits through Chapter 115 remain in effect for qualifying veterans, which includes income asset level benefits for certain individuals.
Dery said widows of veterans may also qualify in some cases. The program can help with medical co-payments and other costs including those related to Medicare plans.
"For the unemployed veterans in the job market who this cut will affect, we will take them on, as long as they qualify," Dery said.
Extended federal unemployment benefits came to a sudden halt this past weekend with a tense political battle likely looming when Congress reconvenes in the new, midterm election year, according to the Associated Press. Enrollees dependent on cash assistance through the benefit program lost their average monthly stipend of $1,166 this week. About 1.3 million people in all were cut off when the federally funded payments ended last Saturday.
Previously, Dery explained, veterans who were utilizing the unemployment benefits program may not have qualified for these Chapter 115 funds but with changes going into effect, he said they should take another look. Dery encouraged those in the surrounding areas to reach out to their local veterans' service officers to learn more, too.
Dery takes on about 40 cases in Tyngsboro. He can be reached through Tyngsboro Town Hall at 978-649-2300, ext. 131, or by email at email@example.com.
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