Veterans Services

Contacts

John Pilla
Veterans Agent
(508) 634-2311
Contact by EMail

Department Personnel

Contact Information

Town Hall
52 Main Street
Milford, MA 01757

Phone: (508) 634-2311
Fax: (508) 634-2324
Hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm

VeteranThe Offices of Veterans' Services is a state/local program offering financial assistance – including medical benefits - for needy veterans and their dependants.

Although not directly affiliated with the federal program of Veterans Administration, veterans are provided with assistance in applying for the many programs offered by the VA.

Veterans who apply for benefits are either (1) unemployed and employable or (2) unemployed and unemployable.

• For those who are employable, this office works closely with the local Office of Employment ensuring that the veteran is assisted in resuming employment as soon as possible.

• For those that are unemployable, we assist with the application process with the more permanent types of assistance such as Social Security Disability Income and or VA Non-service connected pension. .

In addition to the Employment and Social Security Offices, we work very closely with other Social Services agencies such as Massachusetts Rehabilitation, Tri-Valley Elder Services, Visiting Nurses Association, Transitional assistance, Milford Senior Center as well as Homeless shelters.

Parades

In addition to the financial programs, the office is instrumental in organizing two parades, one on Memorial Day and the other on Veterans Day. With the assistance of the local scouts, parents and leaders, approximately two thousand graves are "flagged" during Memorial Day weekend followed by a ceremony for the proper disposal of used flags.

Milford is very fortunate and grateful for the assistance, both financial and ceremonial it receives from the various service organizations in town such as the American Legion and Auxiliary, Armenian-American War Veterans, Disabled American Veterans, Italian-American War Veterans, and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Blue Star Flag

The once-prominent Blue Star Flag that hung in windows in wartime is making a comeback. The flag made a brief appearance during the Persian Gulf War in 1991, but because of the conflicts short duration, never really caught on.

The tradition originated with WWI. In 1917, the Congressional Record stated:

"The world should know of those who give so much for liberty. The dearest thing in all the world to a father and mother---their children."

Also known as a Service Flag, the blue stands for hope and pride. When family members were killed, the blue star was replaced with a gold one representing sacrifice. A silver star stood for someone invalided home for wounds sustained overseas. Lapel pins also sported the same symbols.

Captain Robert B. Quiesser, an Ohio National Guard veteran of the Mexican Border (1916), is credited with designing the original flag. During WWII, VFW actively promoted the flag through window cards and the assistance of radio stations. On October 17, 1943, Congress authorized the flag, and in February 1943, the secretary of war approved an official design. Although displaying Blue Star Flag's virtually vanished during the Korean and Vietnam wars, it was not until July 31, 1968, that the Pentagon issued regulations governing the design, use, and purchase of Service flags and pins.