The Veterans Service Agency assists Ontario County's veterans and their families to identify and apply for benefits, in which they are entitled to from local, state, and federal agencies as a result of their military service. These services can include assistance with filing claims for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), enrolling in VA healthcare, determining VA home loan eligibility, obtaining education benefits, and burial assistance.
The Agency has accredited service officers who initiate, maintain, and reopen claims on behalf of the veteran. The service officer has the ability to advocate for the veteran by appealing unfavorable Department of Veterans Affairs’ decisions. Through the services provided, the Agency has been instrumental in bringing in nearly $10 million dollars per year back to the county, in the form of veterans’ benefits as well as, hundreds of thousands of dollars in retroactive benefits, which are awarded to veterans.
Veterans Resource Guides are available for Veterans and their families with a variety of agencies and services.