Mission Statement

County Veterans Service Officer (VSO’s) are your local resource for dedicated and professional assistance in obtaining federal and state veterans’ benefits.  They provide the expertise and advocacy that veterans need to optimize access to benefit programs. 

County VSO’s handle inquiries and applications regarding veterans’ health care, compensation, pension, long-term care and other benefits for veterans of all ages.  Burial benefit assistance is provided to the survivors of veterans.  Widows and widowers of veterans are eligible for many state benefits, and in limited cases, federal benefits.  County VSO’s are there to assist them as well.

Most of the program’s veterans utilize are offered through the US Department of Veterans Affairs or the North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs. County VSO’s are in contact with these agencies on a regular basis.  They also work with the National Service Officers of various veterans’ organizations when filing VA benefit claims.  County VSO’s also interact with several other county, state, and federal government agencies that also provide resources or assistance to veterans.

The County VSO's and staff are employees of their respective counties.  Each County is required by law to appoint and pay the expenses of a VSO as provided by NDCC 37-14-18 and NDCC 37-14-19.  Funding is provided by county property tax per NDCC 57-15-06.4 and NDCC 57-15-06.7 (7)

These services are provided at NO CHARGE to Veterans and their dependents.