What is the Veterans’ Service Office
- Organized under ORC (Ohio Revised Code (Ohio Law)) Title 59, Chapter 5901.
- Office staff is employed under the hiring procedures of a county government under the selection guidance of a Veterans’ Commission.
- A VSO office staff size is determined by the veteran population size of a given county and the VSO operating budget.
- Commission members are appointed by a County Common Pleas Court Judge who appoints five (5) honorably discharged veterans to serve as Commissioners.*
- These Commissioners are chosen from a local military service organization, such as the American Legion, VFW (Veterans Of Foreign Wars), Marine Corps League, DAV (Disabled American Veterans), AMVETS (American Veterans), Vietnam Veteran’s of America, or any of the other service organizations chartered by U.S. Congress.
* These are not the same individuals known as County Commissioners who are the three elected officials elected to manage each of Ohio’s eighty-eight county governments.
Who is a Veteran
WHAT PERSON OR PERSONS CAN LEGALLY SEEK ASSISTANCE FROM THE VSO?
ORC 5901.01 “Veteran” defined
As used in sections 5901.01 to 5901.37 or Revised Code:
(A) Except as otherwise provided in division (B) of this section, “veteran” means either of the following:
(1) A former member of the armed forces of the United States who served on active military duty and received an honorable discharge or honorable separation, a member of the armed forces of the U.S. who died on active military duty, or a member of the armed forces of the U.S. missing in action more than ninety days;
(2) A member of the U.S. merchant marine to whom either of the following applies:
(a) The member has an honorable report of separation from the active duty military service, form DD214 or DD215.
(b) The member served in the U.S. merchant marine between December 7, 1941, and December 31, 1946, and died on active duty while serving in a war zone during that period of service.
(B) As used in section 5901.08 and other sections of the Revised Code with regard to applications for financial assistance under sections 5901.02 to 5901.15 of the Revised Code, “veteran” means either of the following:
(1) A person who served in the armed forces of the United States on active military duty and was discharged from the service under honorable conditions, and who either served on active duty for reasons other than training or, while serving on active duty for training, incurred a disability recognized by the department of veterans affairs or department of defense as service-connected;
(2) A person who served in the United States merchant marine, who either served on active duty for reasons other than training or, while serving on active duty for training, incurred a disability recognized by the department of veterans affairs or department of defense as service-connected, and to whom either of the following applies:
(a) The person has an honorable report of separation from the active duty military service, form DD214 or DD215.
(b) The person served in the U.S. merchant marine between December 7, 1941, and December 31, 1946, and died on active duty while serving in a war zone during that period of service.
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WAR TIME PERIODS OF SERVICE
Mexican Border Period – May 9, 1916, through April 5, 1917, for veterans who served in Mexico, on its borders or in adjacent waters.
World War I – April 6, 1917, through Nov. 11, 1918; for veterans who served in Russia, April 6, 1917, through April 1, 1920; extended through July 1, 1921, for veterans who had at least one day of service between April 6, 1917, and Nov. 11, 1918.
World War II – Dec. 7, 1941, through Dec. 31, 1946
Korean Conflict – June 27, 1950, through Jan. 31, 1955.
Vietnam Era – Aug. 5, 1964 (Feb. 28, 1961, for veterans who served “in country” before Aug. 5, 1964), through May 7, 1975.
Gulf War – Aug. 2, 1990, through a date to be set by law or Presidential Proclamation.
What does the County VSO Do?
The Clinton County Veterans’ Service Office employs certified service officers who can assist the veteran or their dependents in filing for the following DVA benefits:
- Service-connected Compensation
- Non-service connected disability pension
- Survivor’s pension
- Death benefits
- Burial benefits
- Burial monuments
- DVA health care enrollment
- Education benefits
- DVA home loan eligibility
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Replacement documentation
- Replacement decorations or medals
- Upgrading or correcting discharge documents
- Any other available federal or state DVA or VSO benefits
We will also monitor claims once they are filed and will follow through with assistance or appeals when necessary.
Our office can assist you in contacting Ohio Veterans’ Homes in helping to provide quality independent living, and long term nursing care at the homes in Sandusky and Georgetown, Ohio.
Our office provides multiple service for the military veteran which include temporary county level assistance in emergencies with:
- Rent or mortgage
- Hearing aids
- Transportation to DVA appointments at VAMC Dayton
Other assistance offered
- Research military historical genealogical family data from our office
- Research discharges on file at County Recorders Office
- Research and documentation of Clinton County veterans burial locations
- Research Ohio veterans in past wars
- Support local veterans concerns
- Monthly county newsletters