About Us . . .

About Us

Mission Statement


Our mission is to serve our county’s veterans and their families with dignity and compassion and be their advocate in ensuring that they receive appropriate services, benefits and entitlement under Title 59 (Ohio Revised Code) in recognition of their service to this Nation.



Who We Are


            In 1886, the Ohio Legislature passed an act establishing the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Relief Commission for the purpose of assisting Honorably Discharged Veterans And their minor children, spouses, and widows who have met with an unexpected hardship resulting from lack of employment, illness, or injury.

On May 19, 1986 the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Relief Commission was renamed the Veterans Service Commission (VSC).  Each of the 88 counties in Ohio has a VSC and each consists of a board of five honorably discharged veterans who are appointed by the judges of the Court of Common Pleas.  Their main objective is to administer programs for their veterans within the county.  In Muskingum County, the Commission meets on the last Thursday of the month.  Each Board member holds the position on the board for five years.

            The Muskingum County Department of Veterans Services is legislated by the State of Ohio under the Ohio Revised Code, ORC 5901 and is funded by Muskingum County property taxes.  We have three accredited Veterans Services Officers and a Transportation Coordinator who are all veterans of active duty service.

            The Muskingum County Department of Veterans Services is NOT a branch of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  We do not approve or deny VA claims. 




Veterans Services Board of Commissioners



Jeffory Dittmar, Board President



Richard Bowers II, Board Vice President

Marine Corps League


Kurt Agin, Board Secretary

American Legion


Terry Khune

Veterans of Foreign Wars


Wayne France

Disabled American Veterans




Veterans Services Office Staff



Donald  L.  McKee



Lisa R. Werkhaven



Larry D. Daniels Jr.


Colton Touvell



Office Manager/CVSO


Zack Boring