Veterans Affairs: Eligibility

To be eligible for benefits, an indigent veteran, spouse, or family member shall qualify by:
  1. Being a "legal resident" of our county.

  2. Discharged from Armed Forces under "Honorable Conditions".

  3. Been on "Active Duty" for at least 90 days during the following dates:
    • World War I: April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918
    • World War II: December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946
    • Korean Conflict: June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955
    • Vietnam Era: August 5, 1964 to May 7, 1975
    • Desert Storm: August 2, 1990 to no closure date has been established

Initial Determination

The Commission shall make an initial determination of the eligibility and needs of the applicant at the first regularly scheduled meeting following the receipt of the application. In the case of an emergency, the Director of Veteran Affairs will contact one or two members (as applicable) Board of Commissioners by telephone to determine temporary benefits until such regular scheduled meetings. Upon the determination, the Director shall notify the applicant by telephone (if possible) immediately, or within two working days, the Commission's decision for approving or denying the application. If an applicant has been previously found eligible, the Commission need not receive a new application, but may proceed to determine whether or not current relief is warranted. Notice of said determination shall be as provided above. If any emergency and immediate need is present, the Director may verbally authorize a supplier or vendor to furnish any item of assistance for the benefit of the applicant and the amount allowed for such benefits. The Director shall inform the applicant.