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Veteran Services

                                     

Kewaunee County Veteran Service Office: 


SERVING THOSE WHO SERVED

Please call for an Appointment Today!

(920)-388-7198

Appointments recommended. Home visits for Housebound Veterans when needed.

Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except Holidays)

Kewaunee County Administration Center

810 Lincoln Street

Kewaunee WI 54216


Mission Statement

To assist veterans and their dependents in understanding and obtaining benefits provided by federal, state, and local legislation.

The Veterans Service Officer is committed to helping all veterans and their families with the application process and we are committed to advocate for veteran's benefits and rights.

 

 Memberships

National Association of County Veterans Service Officers

County Veterans Service Officers Association of Wisconsin

WI State Association of County Veterans Service Commissions


Veterans Service Commission

Rick Philipps  Chairman

Nellie DeBaker

Dennis Langteau

Robert Stearns  Secretary

 

Benefits Available to Veterans

The following benefits listed are just some of the programs the Veterans Service Office can assist you in obtaining. If a particular benefit you are interested in is not listed, call the Veterans Service Office for further assistance.
 

State Benefits www.wicvso.org

Aid to Needy Veterans Grants - Low-Income and asset based dental grant, for veterans only.

Subsistence Aid Grant - Loss of employment due to illness or disaster - may provide up to $3000 if filed within 120 days of loss, if income & assets are below financial limits.

Educations Grant - WI GI Bill - 100% tuition waiver for veterans and their dependents if the veteran has a 30% VA rating for service connected disability (WI home of record or 5 year residency applies). Only UW colleges and technical schools, up to 128 credits.

Retraining Grant - Up to $3,000 for unemployed/under-employed veterans attending re-training and meeting financial guidelines.

State Veterans Cemeteries - Free for veterans, fee for dependents.

Wisconsin Veterans Homes - Veterans and spouses are eligible.

WI Property Tax Credit - 100% service connected veterans, surviving spouses, and DIC recipients.

Veterans Housing & Retraining Program and Veterans Outreach & Recovery Program - Homeless, at risk of homeless, and/or Veterans in need of mental health or addiction recovery services.

Federal Benefits www.va.gov

Federal VA Disability Compensation

     A payment to veterans who are disabled by injury or disease incurred or aggravated during military service; i.e. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), sexual assault, and any physical ailments acquired in the service.

     Rated on percentages from 0 to 100%, and receive tax free compensation.

     100% service connected - Free health insurance & education for dependents and WI Property Tax Credit.

Dependency Indemnity Compensation (DIC)- For widow(er)s of veterans whose death was caused by or hastened by service related disabilities. Health & dental insurance, along with the WI Property Tax Credit may be available.

War Time Pension Program for Veterans and Widow(er)s of Wartime Veterans

     Financial support - determined by assets, income (minus medical expenses), age, and disabilities.

     Veterans are required to have had 90 days of federal active duty, one day during a wartime period.

Vocational Rehabilitation - Employment assistance, training and education for veterans with service connected disabilities who have an employment handicap due to their service connected disability.

Health Care Benefits

     Medical treatment and hospital care for veterans.

     Income based for non-service connected disabled veterans; service connected veterans automatically enrolled upon application. Automatic enrollment for veterans exposed to Agent Orange and/or Radiation, veterans that served in the Gulf War and veterans station at Camp Lejeune.

     Medications: $5-$11; Copay for appointments: $15 for general care or $50 for specialty care (waived with low income).

     VA Dental Program - private program with low monthly premiums.

     Free hearing aids, eye glasses and counseling (copay for appointments may apply).

VA Home Loan - No money down for 15 and 30 year mortgages with fixed rates, or 3/1 or 5/1 adjustable rate mortgages.

Education Benefits - Montgomery GI Bill and Post 9/11 GI Bill for Veterans or Chapter 31 for qualified dependents.

Burial Benefits

     Federally issues funeral flag and bronze marker, medallion, or headstones, along with Military Funeral Honors services.

     Burial/Plot Allowance - Available for service connected veterans, veterans receiving VA Pension or death in a VA Facility.

 

Agent Orange

Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam and the inland waterways between 1/9/1962 and 5/7/1975 were potentially exposed to Agent Orange.

Veterans who served on the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Korea were also potentially exposed to Agent Orange between the dates of 4/1/1969 and 8/31/1971.

Air Force Veterans that were in Thailand stationed at the following bases: U-Tapao, Ubon, Nakhon Phanom, Udorn, Takhli, Korat, and Don Muang and can prove they were near the perimeter between 2/28/1961 and 5/7/1975 may have been exposed to Agent Orange.

There are many diseases and cancers that have been found to be linked to Agent Orange, and veterans and surviving spouses may be eligible for benefits. https://www.va.gov/disability/eligibility/hazardous-materials-exposure/agent-orange/related-diseases/ 


Camp Lejeune

Veterans and their families that were stationed at Camp Lejeune were exposed to a contaminated water supply between the dates of 8/1/1953 and 12/31/1987.

The Department of Veterans Affairs have established 8 presumptive conditions due to this exposure, they include: Adult Leukemia, Aplastic Anemia and other Myelodysplastic Syndromes, Bladder Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Liver Cancer, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and Parkinson's Disease.

The Department of Veterans Affairs will offer cost-free health care for certain conditions to veterans who served at least 30 days of active duty at Camp Lejeune from 1/1/1957 and 12/31/1987. These include: Esophageal Cancer, Breast Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Multiple Myeloma, Renal Toxicity, Female Infertility, Scleroderma, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Lung Cancer, Bladder Cancer, Leukemia, Myelodysplastic Syndromes, Hepatic Steatosis, Miscarriages and Neurobehavioral Effects.

Family members of veterans who also resided at Camp Lejeune during the qualifying time period are eligible for reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical expenses related to the 15 covered health conditions.


Courthouse Square Memorial Bricks - Order Form

The Kewaunee County Courthouse Square Memorial Project started on November 15, 2008. The Courthouse Square and Veterans Memorial is an attractively landscaped park traversed by red brick pathways, with two distinct sections. The first section is located along the Juneau Street Veterans' Plaza and dedicated to memorializing Kewaunee veterans who served during war and peace time eras.

The second section is located on the Kewaunee County Historical Plaza and it is dedicated to the residents and organizations of Kewaunee County.

Memorial bricks are available in two sizes at different contribution levels. For $75, memorials will appear on a beautifully engraved 4X8 inch rectangular brick which will grace the walkway of Courthouse Square. And for $150, memorials will appear on an 8X8 inch square brick on the walkway. These bricks are of the highest quality, the engraving will not fade or wear away over time and the continued care and maintenance of the walkway has been assured for the future.

All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and deposited into a special account designated exclusively for the development, maintenance, and improvements in and surrounding the Veterans' Memorial and Historical areas.

Please click the order form link above if you are interested. If you have questions, call the County Clerk's office at 920-388-7120 for community member memorials, or the Kewaunee County Veterans' office at 920-388-7198 for veteran memorials.


LINKS

THE ULTIMATE Veteran, VA and Government resource Website Links to all VA, DOD, Veteran Organizations and State VA websites - http://www.vetsresource.com

                                                                      

              

Wisconsin County Veteran Service Officer Association

  

                                                                   

                 

National County Veteran Service Officer Association

 

            

Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs - State Benefits

(Do not apply online)

                   

 

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