Veterans Services

Veterans Service Officer: Don Smith
Administrative Assistant: Sue Kinney


Mission

The mission of the Veterans Services Office is to assist Veterans and their dependents in filing applications for:

  • Service Connected Disability Compensation
  • Improved Pension Program with Housebound/Aid and Attendance
  • Health Benefits Enrollment
  • Burial Benefits, Flags, Headstones, Markers and Military Honors
  • Order Replacement Copies of Discharge Papers, Military Records and Service Medical Records
  • GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Dependents Educational Assistance
  • VA Insurance Programs
  • File Appeals for Denied Claims

We provide information to Veterans and families on all federal and state benefits earned by Veterans for their service to their country.


Events:

No current events are scheduled at this time.


VA Benefits

  • Service Connected Disability Compensation

    VA pays monthly compensation to Veterans for disabilities incurred or aggravated during active military service. This benefit is not subject to federal or state income tax. In some cases, military retirement pay is reduced by any VA compensation received.

    • 3 Requirements needed to establish Service Connection
    • 1-Inservice documentation of injury, disability or disease
    • 2-A current disability with a medical diagnosis
    • 3-A medical nexus connecting #1 and #2
  • Improved Pension Program

    This income-based benefit is paid to Veterans with honorable war-time service, who are permanently and totally disabled due to nonservice-connected disabilities or who are 65 or older.  Surviving Spouses of Veterans who had war time service may also be eligible. For more information see the VA website at www.benefits.va.gov/pension/

    War Time Periods:

    • World War II-December 7, 1941 through December 31, 1946
    • Korean War-June 27, 1950 through January 31, 1955
    • Vietnam War-August 5, 1964 (February 28, 1961 for Veterans who served “in country” before August 5, 1964) through May 7, 1975
    • Gulf War-August 2, 1990 through a date to be prescribed by Presidential proclamation or law
  • Medical Benefits

    If you served in the active military, naval or air service and are separated under any condition other than dishonorable, you may qualify for health care benefits. Also, current and former members of the Reserves or National Guard who were called to active duty (other than for training only) by a federal order and completed the full period for which they were called or ordered to active duty may be eligible for VA health care.

    The VA provides a full range of medically necessary services. Some of these services include:

    The VA determines eligibility for the comprehensive medical benefits package through a patient enrollment system, which is based on Priority Groups 1 through 8. Eligibility for VA health benefits is based on each Veteran’s unique eligibility factors.

  • Educational Benefits

  • Home Loan

    Veterans with qualifying service are eligible for VA home loan services including guaranteed loans for the purchase of a home, manufactured home, manufactured home and lot, certain types of condominiums, or to build, repair, and improve homes. Certain disabled Veterans can receive grants to have their homes specially adapted to their needs.

  • Life Insurance

    VA insurance programs were developed to provide insurance benefits for veterans and service members who may not be able to get insurance from private companies because of the extra risks involved in military service, or a service connected disability.

  • Veterans Group Life Insurance

    Allows Service members to convert their SGLI coverage to renewable term insurance. Members with full-time SGLI coverage are eligible for VGLI upon release from service.

  • Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance (S-DVI)

    Designed to meet the insurance needs of Veterans with service-connected disabilities. S-DVI is available in a variety of permanent plans as well as term insurance. Policies are issued for a maximum face amount of $10,000.

    You can apply for S-DVI if you meet the following 4 criteria:

    1. You were released from active duty under other than dishonorable conditions on or after April 25, 1951.
    2. You were rated for a service-connected disability.
    3. You are in good health except for any service-connected conditions.
    4. You apply within 2 years from the date VA grants your new service-connected disability.
  • Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

    This program provides mortgage life insurance to severely disabled veterans. To be eligible, a veteran must have received a Specially Adapted Housing Grant from VA.


Filing For Benefits

Documents Used To Assist With The Application Process When Applying For Veterans And Surviving Spouses Benefits

  • Military discharge papers or report of separation (dd-214, wd ago 53-55 or equivalent).
  • Veteran’s and spouse’s social security number and date of birth.
  • Birth date, place of birth and social security numbers for all dependent children.
  • Marriage certificate for all marriages. (month/year, city/state)
  • Divorce papers and/or death certificate for all previous marriages for veteran and spouse. (month/year, city/state)
  • Veterans death certificate. (surviving spouse benefits)
  • Social security award letter for all family members and gross amount/source of monthly income: pensions, retirements, interest/dividends received, etc. (pension only)
  • List of all financial assets (checking, savings, stocks, bonds, annuities, ira, 401k, property (other than home), etc.) (pension only)
  • Amounts and providers of all predictable/continuing out of pocket monthly medical expenses. (medicare premiums, private health ins, medicare supplements, drug plans, long term care insurance, nursing home/assisted living, in home care). (pension only)
  • Amounts paid for last illness & funeral/plot expenses. Receipts showing payment of expenses. (pension only)
  • Medical diagnosis for disabilities claimed
  • Direct deposit information

Even if you do not have all this information, please contact the Rhea County Veterans Services Office for assistance with Veterans Benefits.


Organizations

More information at: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


Resources

Veterans’ Pre-College Program

The Veterans’ Pre-College (VPC) program supports Veterans while pursuing their educational, career, personal, and social goals. VPC provides intensive basic skills development, short-term remedial courses, and intensive individualized tutoring to help Veterans successfully transition to post-secondary education.

TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS SERVICES

To serve Tennessee’s Veterans and their families with dignity and compassion

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

Our goal is to provide excellence in patient care, veterans’ benefits and customer satisfaction. We have reformed our department internally and are striving for high quality, prompt and seamless service to veterans. Our department’s employees continue to offer their dedication and commitment to help veterans get the services they have earned. Our nation’s veterans deserve no less.

EMPLOYER SUPPORT OF THE GUARD AND RESERVE

Gain and maintain active support from all public and private employers for the men and women of the National Guard and Reserve.

MILITARY ONE SOURCE

800-342-9647

US Small Business Administration – Office of Veterans Business Development

National Resource Directory

Tennessee Department of Labor – JOBS4TN.GOV

Veterans Services Offices by State