County Services . . .

County Services

The Muskingum County Department of Veterans Services is a county agency dedicated to helping veterans, active duty members of the Armed Forces of the United States, and their dependents.  There are several distinct services our agency provides.

 

Who is Eligible

 

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.

 

 

We Provide Three Basic Services

 

1.  Temporary emergency financial aid and assistance to eligible veterans and family members who have demonstrated a need as set forth by the commission.

2.  Assist veterans, family members and survivors when applying to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for benefits.

3.  Transportation to and from VA Medical Centers or contracted facilities in Columbus, Chillicothe and Mt Vernon.

 

 

Financial Aid Program

 

The Muskingum County Veterans Service Commission (VSC) provides EMERGENCY financial assistance on a TEMPORARY basis to eligible veterans and their dependents for basic living expenses such as:

 

·        Rent or mortgage

·        Utility bills

·        Food

·        Prescriptions

 

The program is not intended to be used on a month to month or extended basis and is provided to those who make a conscientious effort to find a permanent solution to their financial problems.  You may be asked and required to seek assistance from other agencies and may be denied assistance if you fail to do so.  While you may request help for a specific need, the Muskingum County Veterans Service Commission will determine what assistance may be granted: the VSC is the sole and final decider.

Each application shall be determined on its own merits in accordance with the intent of Chapter 5901 of the Ohio Revised Code and pursuant to the policies and procedures as established by the Muskingum County Veterans Service Commission. 

 

ELIGIBILITY

 

The veteran is required to have active federal service for other than training purposes and to have been discharged under honorable conditions.  Proof of service (DD 214) is required.

The applicant must have 3 months of residency in Muskingum County immediately preceding the date of application.  Proof of residency is required. 

A definite financial need must be demonstrated. 

 

The Muskingum County Veterans Service Commission considers many factors when determining financial need including but not limited to, income, living expenses, and liquid assets. 

 

Indigent Burial

 

Financial assistance may be  available for the burial of a veteran and eligible family members if the individual or individuals responsible for the last expenses of the deceased veteran can not defray the cost of burial. 

 

Transportation Services

 

     We provide transportation services for veterans who have appointments at VA medical facilities in Columbus, Chillicothe and Mt. Vernon, Ohio.  Space on our van can be reserved by calling our office in advance.  Veterans must be ambulatory and able to get in and get out of the van without the assistance of the driver.  Medical appointments are to be made no later than 1130 a.m. to minimize waiting time.

The van goes to:

Columbus VA Medical Center

Monday  —  Wednesday —  Friday

Chillicothe or Mt. Vernon

Tuesday —  Thursday