Douglas County Veterans Service Office assists veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services in the following categories:
Burial Benefits – The VSO honors our nation’s deceased veterans and assists family members in applying for headstones and markers for graves, burial flags, burial expenses reimbursement and Presidential Memorial Certificates.
Dependent and Survivor Benefits – A variety of benefits and services to spouses, children, and parents of Service members and Veterans who are deceased or totally and permanently disabled by a service-connected disability
Disability Benefits– Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation if a disability occurred as a result of your military service. You can also apply for a disability pension if you are a wartime veteran and have limited income and cannot work. Medicare requires that you apply for VA benefits first if you are eligible. VA provides additional housing and insurance benefits to Veterans with disabilities, including Adapted Housing grants, Service-Disable Veterans’ Insurance, and Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance.
Education and Training – Educational benefits if you are in an approved training program. You can use your Montgomery GI Bill, Veterans Education Assistance Program (VEAP), Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance, Federal Employment and On-the-Job Training benefits to further your education.
Home Loans – The VA helps Service members, Veterans, and eligible surviving spouses become homeowners. As part of our mission to serve you, we provide a home loan guaranty benefit and other housing-related programs to help you buy, build, repair, retain, or adapt a home for your own personal occupancy.
Hospital and Medical Care – Medical care from VA facilities, outpatient medical treatment, dental pharmacy and prosthetic care, care from nursing homes, domiciliary and home health care organizations. Referrals for readjustment counseling and drug and alcohol treatment are made as appropriate.
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment – You may receive Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) services to help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job-seeking skills coaching.
eBenefits for Veterans – eBenefits is a web portal that provides Service Members, Veterans, Wounded Warriors, their families, and authorized caregivers with a single sign-on, central access point to clinical and benefits information.
Concurrent Retirement and Disability Payments (CRDP) for Disabled Veterans – (CRDP) restores retired pay on a graduated 10-year schedule for retirees with a 50 – 90 percent VA-rated disability. Concurrent retirement payments increase by 10% per year through 2013. Veterans rated 100% disabled by the VA are entitled to full CRDP without being phased in. Veterans receiving benefits at the 100% rate due to individual unemployability are entitled to full CRDP in Oct. 2008.
Eligibility: Veterans must meet all three of the following criteria:
- Have 20 or more years on active duty, or a reservist age 60 or order with 20 or more creditable years.
- Be in a retired status.
- Be receiving retired pay (must be offset by VA payments).
Retirees do not need to apply for this benefit. Payment is coordinated between VA and the Department of Defense (DOD). Retirees should check with DFAS to ensure CRDP payment.
Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) for Retired Veterans – CRSC provides tax-free monthly payments to eligible retired veterans with combat-related injuries and to military retirees retired for disability through the military disability evaluation system with less than 20 years of service for longevity purposes. With CRSC, veterans can receive both their full military retirement pay and their VA disability compensation.
Eligibility: Retired veterans with combat-related injuries must meet all of the following criteria to apply for CRSC:
- Active or reserve with 20 years of creditable service or medically retired.
- Receiving military retired pay.
- Have a 10% or greater VA-rated injury.
- Military retired pay is reduced by VA disability payments (VA Waiver).
In addition, veterans must be able to provide documentary evidence that their injuries were a result of one of the following:
- Purple Heart
- Agent Orange
- Radiation Exposure
- Gulf War, Mustard Gas or Lewisite
- Training that simulates war (e.g., exercises, field training)
- Hazardous duty (e.g., flight, diving, parachute duty)
- An instrumentality of war (e.g., combat vehicles, weapons, Agent Orange)
- Armed conflict (e.g., gunshot wounds, punji stick injuries)
For more information, please visit or call the toll free phone number for the veteran’s branch of service:
- Army: 866.281.3254
- Air Force: 800.616.3775
- Navy: 877.366.2772
- Coast Guard: 866.307.1336