We, at the Muskingum County Department of Veterans
Services provide a vital and convenient link between our veterans and the
Department of Veterans Affairs. We are not a branch of the Department of
Veterans Affairs and do not approve or deny VA claims. We are legislated
by the State of Ohio under the Ohio Revised Code, ORC 5901 and are funded by Muskingum County property taxes.
Our Veterans Services Officers are accredited by the
State of Ohio and all are veterans. We work closely with the VA to achieve a
common goal, and to assist the veteran in obtaining his/her rightful benefits
under the law.
For more information on VA
Benefits, go to www.vba.va.gov
VA forms, go to http://www.va.gov/vaforms/
Benefits are available to veterans discharged under honorable
conditions, full-time service members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine
Corps and Coast Guard. Current and former members of the Selected Reserve and
National Guard may be eligible for certain benefits if they meet the criteria.
VA Claims for Service Connected
Disability compensation is a benefit paid to a veteran because of
injuries or diseases that happened while on active duty, or were made worse by
active military service. It is also paid to certain veterans disabled from VA
health care. The benefits are tax-free.
Pension is a benefit paid to wartime veterans who have limited or no
income, and who are age 65 or older, or, if under 65, who are permanently and
totally disabled. Veterans who are more seriously disabled may
qualify for Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits. These are
benefits that are paid in addition to the basic pension rate.
Generally, you may be eligible if:
you were discharged from service
under conditions other than dishonorable, AND
you served at least 90 days of
active military service 1 day of which was during a war time
period. If you entered active duty after September 7, 1980,
generally you must have served at least 24 months or the full period for which
called or ordered to active duty (There are exceptions to this rule), AND
Your countable family income is
below a yearly limit set by law (The yearly limit on income is set by
Congress), AND you are age 65 or older, OR, you are permanently and totally
disabled, not due to your own willful misconduct.
The payment is reduced by the annual income from other sources such as
Aid and Attendance or Housebound Benefits
Aid and Attendance (A&A) is a benefit paid in addition to monthly
pension. This benefit may not be paid without eligibility to
pension. A veteran may be eligible for A&A when:
The veteran requires the aid of
another person in order to perform personal functions required in everyday
living, such as bathing, feeding, dressing, attending to the wants of nature,
adjusting prosthetic devices, or protecting himself/herself from the hazards of
his/her daily environment, OR,
The veteran is bedridden, in
that his/her disability or disabilities requires that he/she remain in bed
apart from any prescribed course of convalescence or treatment, OR,
The veteran is a patient in a
nursing home due to mental or physical incapacity, OR,
The veteran is blind, or so
nearly blind as to have corrected visual acuity of 5/200 or less, in both eyes,
or concentric contraction of the visual field to 5 degrees or less.
Housebound is paid in addition to monthly pension. Like A&A,
Housebound benefits may not be paid without eligibility to
pension. A veteran may be eligible for Housebound benefits when:
The veteran has a single
permanent disability evaluated as 100-percent disabling AND, due to such
disability, he/she is permanently and substantially confined to his/her
immediate premises, OR,
The veteran has a single
permanent disability evaluated as 100-percent disabling AND, another
disability, or disabilities, evaluated as 60 percent or more disabling.
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
DIC is a monthly
benefit paid to eligible survivors of a military service member who died while
on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training,
whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease,
whose death resulted from a non service-related injury or disease, and who was
receiving, or was entitled to receive, VA Compensation for service-connected
disability that was rated as totally disabling for at least 10 years
immediately before death,
OR since the
veteran’s release from active duty and for at least five years immediately
OR for at
least one year before death if the veteran was a former prisoner of war who
died after September 30, 1999.
The VA pays monthly benefits to eligible veterans, dependents,
reservists, and service members. You can use your education benefits for:
-Undergraduate work at a college or university
-Technical or Vocation Training
-Correspondence and Flight Training
To begin the process, you must establish eligibility by submitting VA
Form 22-1990, Application for VA Education Benefits. The toll free number for
more information is 1-888-GI-Bill1 or 1-888-442-4551.
Vocational Rehabilitation is a program whose primary function is to
help veterans with service-connected disabilities become suitably employed,
maintain employment, or achieve independence in daily living.
The program offers a number of services to help each eligible disabled
veteran reach his or her rehabilitation goal. These services include
vocational and personal counseling, education and training, financial aid, job
assistance, and, if needed, medical and dental treatment. Services generally
last up to 48 months, but they can be extended in certain instances.
VA insurance programs were developed to provide insurance benefits for
veterans and service members who may not be able to get insurance from private
companies because of the extra risks involved in military service, or a service
connected disability. The toll free number for more information is
Burial and Memorial Benefits
VA burial allowances are partial reimbursements of an
eligible veteran's burial and funeral costs when the eligible criteria are
met. When the cause of death is not service related, the reimbursements are
generally described as two payments: (1) a burial and funeral expense
allowance, and (2) a plot or interment allowance.
A United States flag is provided, at no
cost, to drape the casket or accompany the urn of a deceased veteran who served
honorably in the U. S. Armed Forces. It is furnished to honor the memory of a
veteran's military service to his or her country. VA will furnish a burial
flag for memorialization for each other than dishonorable discharged.
Veterans, active duty service members, and eligible Reservists and
National Guard service members, are eligible for an inscribed headstone
or marker for their grave at any cemetery. VA will deliver a headstone
or marker at no cost.
Burial in a VA national cemetery is available for
eligible Veterans, their spouses and dependents, at no cost to the family.
Military Medals and Records
We can help you obtain your military discharge documents, DD 214,
military service records, military medical records or to get military medals.
These documents are filed at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), St. Louis, or more recently, are being held at the appropriate military service facility.
You can file your own request for these documents on-line by accessing http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/
. You will need to print out the
signature page, sign and date, and fax or mail the page to NPRC.
Death Pension is a needs based benefit paid to an unremarried surviving
spouse, or an unmarried child of a deceased wartime veteran. The death pension
provides a monthly payment to bring an eligible person’s income to a level
established by law. The payment is reduced by the annual income from other sources
such as Social Security.
Home Loan Guaranty
VA home loan guaranties are issued to help eligible servicemembers,
veterans, reservists, and unmarried surviving spouses obtain homes,
condominiums, residential cooperative housing units, and manufactured homes and
to refinance loans.
In addition to buying homes, a VA guaranty can also be used to obtain a
loan to repair, alter, or improve a residence owned by the veteran and occupied
as a home and to install a solar heating or cooling system or other energy-efficient
The first step in acquiring a VA loan guaranty is to apply for a
Certificate of Eligibility. You then present this certificate to a lender of
your choice. The VA does not make loans.
VA Medical / Prescriptions
If you served in the active military, naval or air service and are
separated under any condition other than dishonorable, you may qualify for VA
health care benefits. Current and former members of the Reserves or National
Guard who were called to active duty (other than for training only) by a
federal order (Title 10) and completed the full period for which they were
called or ordered to active duty may be eligible for VA health care as well.
We are fortunate to have access to a Community Based Outpatient Clinic
in Muskingum County. It is located at 2800 Maple Avenue, Zanesville, OH 43701 and its telephone number is 740-453-7725. We encourage all veterans to apply to
determine their enrollment eligibility.
Medical and prescription co-pays are based on financial criteria and VA
Mental Health Counseling
VA Medical provides mental health counseling at local clinics such as
the one in Zanesville, at their medical centers such as the Columbus VA
Outpatient Clinic and through Vet Centers. Vet Centers provide individual,
group, family, military sexual trauma and bereavement counseling. Services
include treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or help with any
other military-related issue that affects functioning within the family, work,
school or other areas of everyday life.
VA Zanesville clinic: 740-453-7725
VA Outpatient Clinic Columbus: 1-888-615-9448
Suicide prevention: 1-800-273-TALK, press 1 for veterans