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Veterans Services to temporarily expand hours

Clark County Veterans Services will temporarily expand its office hours this summer to accommodate working veterans.

Office hours will be held from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday from June 2 to Aug. 29, Executive Director Cathy Wood said.

The office at 120 S. Center St. will be closed on Fridays, she said.

“We have a lot of clients who work full-time and can’t always take time off. We’re trying to accommodate them. If they need assistance to pay a bill, it’s not going to help them to take an hour off work,” Wood said.

Wood said the expanded hours are needed especially as the number of younger veterans increase.

Service officers at the facility can help determine whether veterans are eligible for benefits such as disability compensation, pension benefits, education and training assistance, vocational rehabilitation and employment assistance, burial benefits, home loan guaranty benefits and other housing related programs to help buy, build, retain or modify a home and life insurance coverage, according to veterans services websites.

Health care benefits and temporary or immediate financial assistance is also available to veterans and their dependants.

Short-term assistance is considered 60 days and ongoing assistance is considered on a case-by-case basis, according to the Clark County Veterans Services website.

“The goal is to provide an amount of financial assistance to those who encounter situations usually of emergency needs that threaten their health, safety and well-being,” according to the website.

Other benefits are also available to survivors of military service members.

For more information about benefits for service members, call Clark County Veterans Services at 937-521-2030.

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