Service Department

Dedicated to Our Veterans!

The Richland County Veterans Service Office is a county agency dedicated to helping veterans, active duty members of the Armed Forces of the United States, and their dependents.

We have four Service Officers, certified and trained by the Ohio Department of Veterans Services. These officers serve as a link between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the veterans and their families, assisting them to apply for any benefits to which they may be entitled. These services are provided without charge, and the officer shall not be liable for any errors of omissions or commission that may possibly occur.

Ohio is the only state that provides such comprehensive support and services to its veterans, active duty personnel, and their dependents.  Each of the 88 counties in Ohio has a board of five appointed commissioners who administer the program of their respective county.

Service Connected Disability Compensation

Disability compensation is a monetary benefit paid to veterans who are disabled by injury or disease incurred or aggravated during active military service.  The service of the veteran must have been terminated through separation or discharge under conditions that were other than dishonorable.  Disability compensation varies with the degree of disability and the number of dependents, and is paid monthly.  The benefits are not subject to federal or state income tax.

Non-Service Connected Disability Pension

Veterans with low incomes or who are permanently and totally disabled may be eligible for monetary support if they have 90 days or more of active military service, at least one day of which was during a period of war.

 Death Pension

 The Department of Veterans Affairs provides a small pension to eligible widows of deceased veterans. This program is similar to the non-service connected disability pension for veterans, as it is a program that is based on income and net worth.  This program is commonly referred to as “Widow’s Pension”.

Death Benefits

We will assist the widow/widower and dependents of the deceased veteran with help in obtaining grave markers and headstones, as long as the veteran was discharged under other than dishonorable conditions and they meet the eligibility requirements of the Department of Veterans Affairs.  We also provide assistance with other services the surviving spouses and dependents may be entitled to.

 Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)

DIC is a benefit paid to eligible dependents of veterans who died of a disease or injury while on active military duty or who died as a result of a service connected disability.

Service Records and Medals

Copies of service records and medals may be obtained through the National Personnel Records Center by coming into our office and completing the required application.  The copies are sent to you free of charge and may be requested by dependents and immediate family members of the deceased veteran.

Home Loan Guaranty

VA home loan guaranties are issued to help eligible service members, veterans, reservists, and unmarried surviving spouses obtain homes, condominiums, and manufactured homes, and to refinance loans.  For additional information visit:

Other possible benefits:

  • Health Care
  • Life Insurance
  • Ohio Veterans Home Applications
  • Vital Records
  • Increases
  • Appeals
  • E.V.R.’s
  • Income Verification Statements
  • Veterans Grave Markers, Flags and Standards

 All veterans should bring their DD 214 to our office for record purposes and talk to a service office about any possible future benefits. If you do not have this record, our Service Officers can help you apply for this, and record it in the Richland County Recorder’s Office, so you will never have to worry about getting one again.

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