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Perry County Veterans Service Commission

About Perry County Veterans Service Commission



Perry County Veterans Service Commission

Judy Mears, Director/CVSO

121 West Brown Street
New Lexington, OH  43764

(740) 342-2536 - Phone
(740) 342-3984 - Fax

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday

Closed the last Monday of the month.

Financial Assistance: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Email: [email protected]


The Veterans Service Commission is a county agency funded entirely by Perry County real estate taxes dedicated to aiding Veterans and their families in time of need. Our agency provides three basic services: transportation to VA medical appointments, emergency financial assistance, and assistance with processing VA claims and benefits.



The Veterans Service Commission provides free transportation to VA medical appointments within the VA Medical district we are in. This service is provided for any veteran who, because of health or financial issues, cannot transport themselves. To schedule transportation you must contact the office at least 24 hours prior to your  appointment to see if transportation is available. You must provide the office a copy of your discharge papers prior to your first scheduled appointment.


Emergency Financial Assistance

We provide temporary financial assistance to eligible Veterans and their families  up to four times per  year.  Assistance includes food, utilities (disconnection notices only), or rent payments.  Assistance with a utility or rent is authorized only one time per calendar year.

It should be remembered, this assistance is to help a Veteran resolve a temporary financial crisis and that this is not an entitlement.

Financial Assistance Eligibility

  • .The veteran whose service the application is made must have been discharged under honorable conditions and served on active duty for other than training purposes.
  • The applicant must be a bona fide resident of Perry County for at least 90 days prior to applying for assistance.
  • Financial need must be shown. All household income, living expenses, and any special needs of the applicant will be considered when determining eligibility for financial assistance


Documents Required for Financial Assistance

  • DD Form 214, or discharge, with proof of length and character of service.
  • Marriage certificate, SSN, and birth certificates of minor biological or adopted children of the veteran, divorce papers.
  • Proof of all household income for the last 30 days to include: work statements, Social Security Statement, Job & Family Services statement, and current bank statements.
  • If unemployed you must be registered with the Ohio Job & Family Services and prove you are seeking employment.
  • Proof of all bills you have paid out in the last 30 days: rent, mortgage, etc.


Assistance with VA Claims and Benefits

We provide assistance to veterans and their dependents with the processing of VA claims and/or for any federal, state, or local benefits they may be eligible for.

Claims/ Benefits Eligibility

Each claim and/or benefit has it’s own eligibility criteria set by the federal, state, or local level. There are no requirements set by our office to receive assistance with claims and/or benefits processing.

The Service Officer and staff receive annual training to stay informed of any legislative changes to  veterans benefits.

Claims Documentation

You may need to supply specific documentation to support your claim or for the benefits you are requesting.

Typically the veteran or dependent should have the following:

  • DD Form 214 or discharge (DD214)
  • Marriage certificate, SSN, birth certificates of  spouse, minor biological or adopted children of the veteran; and banking info.


Mission Statement

The Perry County Veterans Service Commission was established for the purpose of providing emergency financial assistance to veterans and their dependents who have met unexpected hardships as a result of illness, injury, or loss of employment.



“ care for him who bore the battle, and for his widow and his orphan…”  - Abraham Lincoln


Board Members

American Legion: Richard Fankhauser

Disabled Veterans of America: Jefferson Taylor

Vietnam Veterans Of America: Richard Hoy, II

AMVETS: Kenny Harris

Veterans of Foreign Wars: David Kiener

Board meetings are held on the last Monday of the month at 4:00 p.m. These meetings are open to the public except when discussing Financial Assistance claims.


Office Staff

County Veterans Service Officer: Judy Mears

Administrative Specialist: Adele Allen

Drivers/Investigators: Eric Self, Chris Barnhart



Upcoming Events
Blood Drive New Straitsville United Methodist Church | Tuesday, May 11, 2021 May 11, 2021 02:00 PM - 07:00 PM — New Straitsville United Methodist Church - 101 Clark St, New Straitsville, OH 43766
PCBDD Invites You to a Ribbon Cutting | May 14, 2021 May 14, 2021 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM — Perry County Bd of Developmental Disabilities - 601 Senior Dr, New Lexington, OH 43764
Southeast Ohio Foodbank to host food distribution for Perry County residents | May 14, 2021 May 14, 2021 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM — Perry County Fairgrounds - 5445 St Rt 37 E, New Lexington, OH 43764
OU J & J COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic | May 15, 2021 May 15, 2021 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM — Southern Local Schools - 10397 St Rt 155, Corning, OH 43730
Area 14 and Hocking College Job Fair | May 18, 2021 May 18, 2021 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM — Hocking College - 3301 Hocking Pkwy, Nelsonville, OH 45764
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