One full time secretary and one part-time service officer.
The Ward County Veterans Service Office is responsible for assisting veterans, widows of veterans, children or other eligible relatives of veterans in making claims for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
These benefits include, but are not limited to, applications for service-connected compensation, pensions, medical care, education, home loan guarantees and burial benefits. This office also advises veterans and refers them to the appropriate professional sources to alleviate their problems.
We assist veterans and their spouses in application to the North Dakota Veterans Home at Lisbon and the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery at Mandan.
The VSO administers an emergency aid fund for veterans and can refer them to area aid organizations for assistance. The VSO attends Veterans Organizations meetings and participates in veterans functions.
The VSO also accomplishes home, nursing home and hospital visits to assist impaired veterans and accepts speaking engagements for the purpose of informing people of benefits due them as a veteran or a dependent of a veteran.
Items of Interest
-- Ward County veterans receive in excess of $14,800,000/year in service-connected compensation and non-service connected pensions from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
-- Qualified veterans have access to VA medical care at the Fargo VA medical center, and at the Minot AFB and Bismarck VA clinics.
-- New claims processed in 2010 resulted in awards of over $4.1 million. Most were for service-connection compensation.
-- Ward County has the fourth largest county veteran population in the state, with 5,297 veterans, serviced by a part-time service officer and full time assistant. Six other counties with smaller veteran populations (1,200 to 2,100 veterans) have full time Veterans Service Officers.
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