Benefits and Assistance

American Legion of Ohio
Information: At each of its 610 posts, American Legion of Ohio has Service Officers whose primary duties are to assist in the compilation and completion of the forms required to file a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) claim.
  American Veterans (AMVETS)
Information: AMVETS protects and enhances American veterans’ entitlements to help improve the quality of life for veterans and their families, along with the community in which they live.
County Veterans Service Officers (CVSO)
Information: CVSOs work one-on-one with veterans to identify the types of VA assistance they are eligible for, and then prepare their benefits claims. Also, CVSOs routinely refer veterans to nonprofit organizations, local government agencies and community services. Ohio CVSOs phone numbers are listed on pages 23-28.
  Disable American Veterans
Information: Disabled American Veterans provides assistance to disabled veterans and their families and helps them obtain benefits and services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
Information: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America offers a wide array of programs to veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan.
  National Resource Directory
Information: The National Resource Directory connects service members and veterans to supportive services such as scholarships, unemployment benefits, transportation assistance and financial counseling.
Ohio License Plates
Information: Veterans renewing their license plates are eligible to obtain a free armed forces plate upon presenting a valid DD-214. Ohio BMV offers 40 different types of specialty plates for veterans.
  United States Veterans Inc., Chamber of Commerce
Information: The United States Veterans Inc., Chamber of Commerce provides training, business development assistance and networking opportunities to veterans and their families.
Veterans Affairs Burial and Tombstones
Information: The Department of Veterans Affairs offers burial benefits to qualifying veterans and their family members. Qualifying veterans can be buried in a national cemetery at no charge. If buried in a private cemetery, the VA will provide a tombstone and medallion. Contact your County Veteran Service Office for more information (phone numbers are on pages 23-28).
  Veterans Affairs Pension Benefits
Information: The Department of Veterans Affairs Pension program offers a tax-free monetary benefit to eligible low-income veterans. A survivor’s benefit is also available to eligible family members of a deceased veteran.
Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA)
Information: The Veterans Benefits Administration provides the various benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), including disability compensation, housing assistance and vocational rehabilitation.
  Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
Information: Veterans of Foreign Wars offers research, advice and assistance for veterans filing claims for benefits. The VFW assists veterans in reopening claims, following up on previous claims and assisting with appeals and reviewing denied claims. The VFW will also answer, research and assist with inquiries about medical, death/burial and other miscellaneous benefits.
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)
Information: Vietnam Veterans of America advocates on issues important to veterans of the Vietnam War. The VVA assists veterans in obtaining the quality healthcare they deserve, along with holding government officials accountable on supporting veterans’ benefits.