Veterans Service Officer: Don Smith
Administrative Assistant: Sue Kinney
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.
No current events are scheduled at this time.
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.
- Marine Corps League
- Fleet Reserve Association
- Vietnam Veterans Of America
- Air Force Sergeants Association
- Military Officers Association Of America
- Military Order Of The Purple Heart
- Blinded Veterans Association
- Veterans of Foreign Wars
- The American Legion
- Disabled American Veterans
- Project Healing Waters
More information at: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
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.
To serve Tennessee’s Veterans and their families with dignity and compassion
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.
Gain and maintain active support from all public and private employers for the men and women of the National Guard and Reserve.
US Small Business Administration – Office of Veterans Business Development
Tennessee Department of Labor – JOBS4TN.GOV