Veteran Service Office
3044 Columbus-Lancaster Rd.
Lancaster, Ohio 43130 (map)
8:00am - 4:30pm
Meeting are held:
1st and 3rd Wednesdays
Monthly at 3:00pm
The County Veterans Service Officers (CVSO’s) are certified and trained by the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers and the Ohio Department of Veterans Services.
The County Veterans Service Officers may also assist you with filing for other benefits, such as:
• Obtaining a lost Discharge or DD-214
• Set of Medals and Awards
• Home Loan Guaranty
• GI Bill Educational Benefits
• Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment
• 10-10 EZ or 10-10EZR to enroll in VA Health Care
• Reimbursement of Burial Expenses
• Headstone or Marker
• Burial Flag
• Presidential Memorial Certificate
• Burial in National Cemetery
• Indigent Burials
• and any other benefit you need help with
It is best to contact the Veterans Service Commission Office to see what evidence you must supply to complete a claims package.
The goal of the County Veterans Service Officer is to assist you filling out the claim forms and attaching the necessary evidence to make the claim as complete as possible so it can go immediately to the Rating Board for adjudication. The types of claims that can be filed are as follows:
Service Connected Compensation: Disabilities resulting injury or disease incurred in, or aggravated by military service, in the line of duty, and not as the result of misconduct. There are 5 ways to receive a service connected rating, Direct, Aggravation, Presumptive, Secondary, and Injury as a result of treatment. A service connected claim can be re-opened if the disability has worsened, or for a claim that has been denied, by providing new and material evidence to support the claim.
Non-service Connected Improved Pension: Provides financial support for wartime veterans or their widows, based on income and financial need. To qualify the honorably discharged veteran must have at least 90 days of active military service with at least one of those days being during a war time period. The veteran must be permanently and totally (P&T) disabled, and unable to obtain employment. The veteran or widow’s income must be below the income thresholds set by the VA, with un-reimbursed healthcare expenses being used to lower the income. A higher income threshold may be available to certain veterans who are housebound, or in need of the aid and attendance of another person. The VA considers a veteran P&T disabled at age 65. If younger than age 65, the veteran must produce medical evidence to prove he/she is P&T disabled. For an eligible widow, this is commonly referred to as a widow’s pension and being P&T disabled is not necessary for the widow. A higher rate of pension can be obtained if the widow is housebound, or in need of aid and attendance of another person. This type claim is especially advantageous for eligible veterans and widows who reside in assisted living or nursing homes due to the healthcare costs involved.
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC): Widows, widowers, minor children, children 18-23 going to school, and dependent parents, may be eligible for DIC if the veteran dies as a result of his service-connected disabilities. Even where the veteran’s death is not service-connected, the widow and/or children may be entitled to receive DIC if the veteran was rated or the alternative, was entitled to receive compensation, at 100%, or 100% due to Individual Unemployability ( I.U.) for at least 10 years immediately prior to his death. Also a veteran’s dependents may be eligible if he is rated, or the alternative, was entitled to receive compensation at 100%, for a period of not less than 5 years after his discharge from active duty.
VA BENEFITS FOR INCARCERATED PERSONS
VA Benefits are restricted if a veteran, surviving spouse, child, or dependent parent is convicted of a felony and imprisoned for more than 60 days as follows:
Disability Compensation. Veterans benefit is limited to the 10% disability rate. For a surviving spouse, child, dependent parent or veteran whose disability rating is 10%, the payment is at the 5% rate. Any amounts not paid may be apportioned to eligible dependents. Payments are not reduced for recipients participating in work release programs, residing in halfway houses, or under community control. Overpayments for failure to notify VA of a veteran's incarceration result in the loss of financial benefits until the overpayment is recovered.
Pension. The veteran may not receive any VA pension benefits. However, the veteran’s dependents may receive a portion of such benefits.
Burial Benefits. Persons convicted of a federal or state crime and sentence to death or life imprisonment without parole are barred by law from burial or memorialization in a VA national cemetery or in Arlington National Cemetery, or from receiving a government furnished headstone or marker, burial flag, or Presidential Memorial Certificate.
Eligible recipients can apply for disability while they are still in prison. Most VARO's will send someone to a jail to do a Compensation exam of the veteran who is incarcerated, and some service reps will handle the paperwork and advice on the case. Healthcare and Information Technology Act of 2006 Sec. 1002 treats veterans who are incarcerated in privately operated prisons in the same manner as veterans who are incarcerated in Federal or State prisons for the purposes of receipt of veterans' benefits. [Source: Federal Benefits for Veterans & Dependents Handbook 2005 ++]