...to care for him who shall have born the battle, and for his widow and his orphan. - Abe Lincoln
How important it is to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes. - Maya Angelou
Who Are We?
The County Veteran's Service Office was established by the Lake County Board of Supervisors in 1946 to assist veterans, their dependents, and survivors in obtaining benefits from federal, state and local agencies administering programs for veterans. We are a county agency and not the federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Mission / Purpose
To honor and support all veterans; to provide information to the Lake County veteran community regarding entitlement to federal, state and local benefits; and to provide advocacy and professional assistance to veterans, their dependents and survivors who wish to pursue veteran's benefits, care, or services.
- What benefits are available?
Depending on when you served in the military your benefits may vary. There are several programs designed for the disabled veteran who served during a war time period, but did not have any service-connected disabilities. These include monthly monetary benefits, hospitalization, and outpatient medical care.
- I was not injured in the service, am I eligible for any benefits?
Depending on when you served, you may be eligible for a non-service-connected pension program for you and your family.
- Are there non-service-connected pension payments for veterans of a war time era?
This program will depend on the veteran being totally disabled and also on the amount of income the veteran currently has.
- Are there educational/school benefits for veterans and their dependents?
If you paid into the educational program you have 10 years from discharge to use your GI Bill benefits. Your children may also be eligible to go to college in California if you have any verifiable disabilities from the service which may be as small as a scar from surgery, wounds from combat, etc.
- Are there any life insurance benefits?
There may be, depending on how long you have been out of the service or if you now have a service-connected disability. There are time limits on both programs - for details, contact the Lake County Veterans Service Department.
- Can I receive medical benefits although I only served for a short period of time in the service?
Yes, if you served 24 months or more since September 7, 1980, or if you were released from the service with a medical disability or for medical reasons. Prior to September 7, 1980, you only had to have days in the service for treatment; however, all medical treatment is based on having other than dishonorable service.
- Am I eligible for burial benefits?
All veterans who have other than dishonorable service are eligible for burial in a national cemetery, a grave marker (headstone) and a U.S. flag for the next of kin.
- How many times can I use my GI home loan?
As long as your home loan was paid off, as many times as you need it.
- Is there compensation for disability injuries incurred in the service?
Our office can help you develop your claim for these injuries regardless of how long you have been out of the service.
- Is there any assistance for having your discharge upgraded?
Our office can assist veterans in obtaining military records to support their claim for discharge upgrades and submission of same.
- Do I have any benefits if I lost a son or daughter in the service?
Depending on income, as a surviving parent, you may be eligible for compensation.
- My father was in the service, do I have any benefits?
Depending on whether the veteran incurred an injury or illness in the service, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) could provide monthly payments for children under age 18 or under the age of 22 if still in school. Also, the child may have tuition-free college in California available, depending on income.
- Are there employment programs for veterans?
A representative from Employers' Training Resource is available full-time at our office to assist with employment for veterans.
- How do I get help filing a claim for Post-Traumatic Stress related problems?
Trained personnel are available to assist the veteran in developing a claim and obtaining treatment for same through our office.
- I cannot find my military discharge papers (DD-214). What can I do?
We can assist in ordering the military discharge forms from the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC). You will usually receive a response in three to four weeks. This process may be prolonged if the files were destroyed in the fire at NPRC in 1973. On July 12, 1973, a disastrous fire at the NPRC destroyed approximately 16 to 18 million Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF). The following records were affected:
- Army-Personnel discharged November 1, 1912 to January 1, 1960
- Air Force-Personnel discharged September 25, 1947 to January 1, 1964 (with names alphabetically after Hubbard, James E.)