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Ross Backs Bill to Expand Veterans Benefits

Boston – Senator Richard J. Ross (R-Wrentham) recently voted in favor of “The Brave Act” – new legislation that will expand benefits and increase access to a range of services for veterans, active-duty military and their families. The bill has been filed by Senator Mike Rush (D-Norfolk & Suffolk) announced who also serves in the united States Naval Reserve.


Understanding the sacrifice that military personnel and their families make not only while on active duty, but also after returning home, the Massachusetts Legislature has consistently provided a continuum of major veteran legislation to help with those who sacrifice the most for our freedoms.


“The BRAVE Act demonstrates Massachusetts’ commitment to the great men and women of our armed forces,” Said Senator Ross. “This legislation continues Massachusetts’ proud legacy of supporting our veterans.”


On the recognition front, the legislation designates the 5th day of April as Gold Star Wives Day and the last Sunday in September as Gold Star Mothers and Families Day and directs cities and towns to designate reserved parking for veterans at all city and town halls.


The bill also grants paid military leave for those called to duty by the armed forces for up to 40 days for training and operation purposes.


To help ease the costs of housing, the legislation changes the requirement for veterans to receive property tax exemptions from residing in the Commonwealth for five years down to two years.  It also increases the amount a veteran can earn on their property tax exemption for volunteering in their city or town.


The BRAVE Act increases the burial expense paid by commonwealth from $2,000 to $4,000 for indigent veterans to receive to adequately provide for a dignified funeral. It also exempts any veterans who receive annuities for service to their country from income calculations when applying for state programs or services.


The bill also addresses the following by:


  • Addressing emergency medical transportation reimbursements;
  • Revising Veteran Court Diversion programs;
  • Updating the veteran bonus program at the State Treasurer’s Office, and;
  • Provides several studies and analysis regarding higher education, incarcerated veterans, and National Guard recognition.


The BRAVE Act, which now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration, is the legislature’s latest effort to support veterans, military members and their families.



Small Business Spotlight: Crepe Berry


Small Business Spotlight: Crepe Berry

Recently, I met with Amelia Childs, owner of CrepeBerry, in Wellesley, and she gave me a tour of her new restaurant. The 24-seat café opened last year and consists of a full vegetarian menu. Their specialties include made-to-order crepes, acai bowls, smoothies, toasts, bagels and wraps, as well as many different coffee and tea options. All ingredients are locally sourced and there are many gluten free and vegan choices. I was able to try her Vermont Berry crepe and already can’t wait to go back to try another. If you find yourself in the Wellesley area around breakfast or lunch, please stop in and see Amelia and try one of her delicious options. To see the menu or learn more, please visit


Small Business Spotlight: New England RV Roof


Small Business Spotlight: New England RV Roof

Recently, I visited the newly opened New England RV Roof in Plainville and see the interesting work that they are doing. Owned by Attleboro native, Jim Conboy, New England RV Roof specializes in RV Roof alternatives. He uses FlexArmor, a revolutionary sprayed roof alternative for RV owners. The main principle behind FlexArmor is if you remove the caulking joints found on an RV roof, you remove the potential for leaks. FlexArmor is a completely seamless RV roof and is also a tougher material than other RV roofs, which means less incidents and costly repairs. The RV roofs are completed indoors in well-established locations, such as the new Plainville location which is the only location in the New England area. If you are in need of a new roof for your RV, or just want peace of mind to protect your vehicle from future leaks, check out or give Jim a call at 508-316-0728 to learn more.