A few years ago, Massachusetts allowed cities and towns to create a Veterans Assistance Fund.
It is used to help military veterans and their families with immediate needs for food, transportation, and heat.
Revenue for the fund comes from a property tax or excise tax bill check-off for donations.
As excise tax bills come due in a few weeks, veterans advocates are calling attention to the check-off option.
WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Jesus Pereira, Director of Veterans Services for the city of Holyoke.