Douglas County Veterans Service Office
The Douglas County Veteran Service Office makes a difference in Veterans’ lives by providing advocacy for and education about Veterans’ claims with the
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Partnering with claimants, we make every effort to obtain the maximum benefit to which Douglas County Veterans may be eligible.
Our accredited VSOs will help you complete the claim forms and advise you what you will need to make the claim successful.
Many benefits are available to Veterans, their dependents or survivors. The type of benefits available may differ depending on the Veteran’s character of discharge,
Wartime/peacetime service and in some cases, length of service. We are experts in VA Benefit laws and can explain the benefits to which you may be eligible. We are
accredited by the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs and several other National Veterans Organizations to do Veterans’ Claims which is required by law to do Veteran
Claims. Individuals who are not accredited with VA are not allowed to do Veteran Claims because they are not authorized by VA and they do not attend trainings. Accredited
must attend trainings at least once a year so that they can sustain accreditation and maintain the education standards and know about changes in VA Rules and Regulations
so that they may provide accurate and valid information about benefits and eligibility.
List of Accredited VSOs
To find out if a person is accredited by VA, click the link above. Search by "VSO Representative."
Type in Last Name then click on Search to see if that person is accredited.
Types of Veteran Claims
Service Connected Disability
This benefit is available to anyone who served in the armed forces and has current disabilities related to a condition, injury or illness that started during active duty or may be
presumed to have onset in the military. When service connected disabilities are granted by VA, the claimant is eligible for additional local, state and federal benefits. Additional
compensation may be available for Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits when a Veteran requires the medical assistance of
another person to accomplish the activities of daily living SOLELY because of service connected conditions. Click here for more information about
Service Connected claims. When a Veteran is more than 30% disabled due to service connected conditions,
there may be eligibility to Aid and Attendance for spouse.
Non-Service Connected Pension
This benefit is for Veterans who served during a period of War. Pension is an income-based program. To receive pension, the claimant must have a low income and limited assets. Medical
expenses can be reported to reduce ’countable income’. Click here for more information about
Non-Service Connected Pension claims. Higher level of Pension may be available when the
Veteran is housebound or needs the assistance of another person to accomplish the activities of daily living,
Aid and Attendance.
Types of Dependent Claim
There are two types of benefits available for survivors of Veterans.
Dependent Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
This benefit is for the surviving dependent of a Veteran who died in service, or due to a service connected disability, or who was rated 100% service connected for more than 10 years.
DIC is a monthly benefit to the survivor. An increased amount of DIC may be available when the claimant is housebound or needs the assistance
Aid and Attendance of another person to accomplish the activities of daily living. Being eligible
to DIC also means possible entitlement to education benefits and health insurance.
Survivor Pension (for survivors of War Time Veterans only)
Survivor Pension (also known as Death Pension) is an income-based program and may provide a monthly benefit for surviving spouses or dependents of War-time Veterans who have limited
income and assets. Medical expenses can be reported to reduce ’countable income’. Additional benefits may be provided when the claimant is housebound or needs the assistance
Aid and Attendance of another person to accomplish the activities of daily living.
Please review the Survivor Benefits brochure or keep reading for more information about
these benefits. We can also help with burial benefits.
We can also provide information about:
- Entitlements based on level of compensation or pension eligibility
- Education Benefits especially Vocational Rehabilitation
- Burial Benefits
- Applying for Medical Care at VA Medical Centers
- Home Loan Certificate of Eligibility
- Oregon Department of Veteran Affairs Home Loans
Please check out our Claims Handbook for more detailed information about possible benefits.