The Veterans Service Commission exercises extreme care in determining those individuals entitled to eligible temporary financial assistance. The Commission is governed by Section 5901.01 through 5902.99 of the Ohio Revised Code; this law provides help to those veterans who have served our country honorably and are now in need of assistance. It is to this end that the Allen County Veterans Service Commission devotes a major portion of its resources.
In order to better serve the veterans of Allen County, the Commission also works closely with other agencies that provide care. Some of the agencies are: Ohio Job and Family Services, Ohio Bureau of Employment Services; Social Security Administration; Department of Veterans Affairs (Compensation and Pension, Medical Care, Counseling, etc); and various other federal, state and local agencies. Referral to an appropriate agency will be made as needed.
Veterans Service Commission financial assistance is temporary in nature and is meant to prevent undue hardship for veterans and their families until other Federal, State, or Local benefits can be obtained.
- Assistance in making application for benefits administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs
- Emergency Financial Assistance (Administered by the Allen County Veterans Service Commission)
- Information and guidance in obtaining aid from various federal, state, and local organizations
- Transportation for medical treatment to Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
- Grave Markers, Flag holders and Flags.
- Memorial Day Ceremonies
After the Civil War, when the remnants of the Grand Union Army returned to their homes, the scars of the nation's bloodiest conflict made it a meager homecoming. Ohio the breadbasket of the nation was particularly hard hit. Farms that had lain fallow for years were overgrown; farming implements were rusted; there was no money to buy seeds for the new crop. Empty sleeves, which had once held an arm or leg, were common. And for the many who did not return, a legacy of poverty and loss were all that remained for their widows and orphans. For this reason, the state legislature of Ohio passed the Soldiers Relief Act in 1888, thus establishing the Veterans Service Commission (formerly the Soldiers Relief Commission). Its role was, as it is now, to provide emergency relief and support services to veterans who served this country and to their family members or survivors.