Veterans Service Officer
The Schuyler office hours will be Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Veterans and/or dependents are encouraged to contact the Columbus office to set up appointments.
2610 14th Street
Columbus, NE 68601
Platte & Colfax County Veterans Service Office Mission Statement
The County Veterans’ Service Office was created by state statute to assist veterans and their dependents in times of need, or to file for all County, State or Federal benefits earned by virtue of the military veteran’s service to a grateful Nation and the State of Nebraska. The Veterans’ Service Officer serves under the direction of the Veterans’ Service Committee appointed by the Board of Commissioners. Veterans Service is accomplished by:
- Being sensitive and helpful to veterans/dependents in their time of need.
- Providing assistance and counseling to veterans and their families.
- Initiating and completing claims to be submitted to the VA Regional Office, Nebraska Department of Veterans’ Affairs, or appropriate other agencies with accuracy and professionalism.
- Maintaining the highest level of training and education to best serve veterans.
- Serving as a trusted and respected partner in collaboration with other agencies when assisting veterans.
- Maintaining list of deceased veterans and gravesites for Memorial Day Flag placement.
Services of this Office
The Platte County Veterans’ Service Office assists with, but is not limited to the following County, State and Federal Benefits:
County Veterans’ Benefits:
- County Veterans’ Aid Fund (CVA). To meet immediate emergency financial needs.
- Flag Holders for placement on the grave of every veteran buried in Platte County.
- Mapping each veteran’s grave in all of the Platte County Cemeteries.
- Homestead Exemptions. Assist eligible veterans with completion and filing forms.
- Enrollment of new veterans to Platte County.
- Filing discharges (DD214’s) for our veterans.
- Assisting retired veterans with benefits, such as health care services and insurance benefits.
- Assisting bereaved dependents of our deceased veterans with burial benefits, headstone applications, claims for veterans life insurance policies.
- Filing necessary paperwork for educational benefits for veterans and/or their dependents.
- Assist eligible veterans with applications for VA Home Loans.
State Veterans’ Benefits
- Nebraska Veterans’ Aid Fund (NVA). For unforeseen emergency financial need.
- Waiver of Tuition. For state college/university cost to qualified dependents.
- Discharges. Replacement of lost military service records (DD-214)
- Grave Registration. Report of grave location for veterans buried in the State.
- Veterans’ Home System. Complete application for residency in a Veterans Home.
- Filing for Hunt & Fish Permits for qualified veterans (age 64 or 50% or greater VA disability.
- Nebraska Veterans’ Driver’s License & License Plate Registry.
Federal Veterans’ Benefits
- Service Connected Disability Compensation
- Appeals of VA Claim Decisions
- Non-Service Connected Pensions. Veterans or widowers.
- Education and Vocational Rehabilitation, including GI Bill and disability retraining.
- Life Insurance. VGLI/NSLI or Disability.
- Burial Benefits. Grave marker application and burial allowance assistance.
- VA Home Loan Programs. Residential and improvement for the handicapped.
- Enrollment in VA Health Care. VA Medical Center inpatient and outpatient services.
- Long Term Nursing Home Care. For veterans rated at 70% or higher.
- Military Records. Discharge upgrades and location of service and medical records.
- Military Medals Replacement
- Military Retirement Benefits (20 plus years)
- Dependent & Survivors Benefits
- Reserve & National Guard Benefits