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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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