May 30, 2018

BOSTON – Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) joined her colleagues in the House of
Representatives to pass legislation to support Massachusetts’ veterans and military families
including an important provision to make more veterans eligible for property tax exemptions by
relaxing the residency requirements. This bill builds upon the Commonwealth’s legacy as a
national leader for the number of programs and services it offers to military personnel, veterans
and their families.
“I am honored to have had this opportunity to stand for the veterans of the 3 rd Plymouth District
and their families,” said Representative Meschino. “This bill will expand their access to the
support that they deserve.”
“I am immensely proud that Massachusetts ranks first in the nation when it comes to military-
benefit programs and services,” House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo said. “This legislation sends a
message to our heroes and their families that we appreciate their bravery, sacrifice and service.”
The bill provides new financial supports to families including:
Creates a $1,000 active-duty death benefit, in addition to any annuity the person would
have received;
 Increases the amount a deceased veteran’s estate may receive to assist with funeral and
burial expenses from $2,000 to $4,000.

Recognizing that many people who serve in the military have specialized medical training, the
legislation makes it easier for military personnel to become EMTs once they return home.
Lastly, under this legislation every municipality in the Commonwealth will now designate one
parking space at its town or city hall as “veterans-only parking.”