Lawrence County Veterans Service Office

Lawrence County Veterans Service Office We serve the needs of Veterans from all Branches. We help file claims and paperwork; review the bene

Since 1886 all Ohio Counties have operated under the Soldiers and Sailors Relief Act to provide service and assistance to veterans. This provision for veterans is based on county taxes and is considered to be an earned benefit due our honorably discharged veterans. Ohio is the only state that provides such comprehensive support and services to its veterans. The name was changed from Soldiers and Sailors Relief to Veterans Service Commission but the service still remains the same.

2023 Lawrence County Veteran of the Year                         Aaron D. Collins

2023 Lawrence County Veteran of the Year
Aaron D. Collins


Please be advised that the phone lines to our office, Lawrence County Veterans Service Office are not working properly. We apologize for the inconvenience.


As you may be aware, we’ve been unable to hold any in-person Homeless Veteran Stand Downs for several years due to COVID, so we anticipate this year’s series of Stand Downs to be very exciting events for our Veterans!

In military terminology, to “stand down” means to relax from a state of constant readiness. Unfortunately, many Veterans struggle with difficult issues such as homelessness, food insecurity, unemployment, and disability; the Homeless Veterans Resource Center (part of the larger Hershel “Woody” Williams VA Medical Center) exists specifically to help Veterans overcome these barriers, so they can successfully attain their hopes, dreams and goals. As part of our mission, each year we partner with local communities throughout our catchment area to hold fun, family-friendly events so that ALL Veterans can “stand down” from their everyday worries and stress.

This year’s Huntington Homeless Veterans Stand Down will be held on Wednesday, September 20, 2023 from 10am until 2pm at the Homeless Veterans Resource Center, located at 624 Ninth Street, Huntington, WV 25701.


With back-to-school season upon us, the VA is launching an Education GI Bill Fraud Prevention campaign to spread awareness of predatory and misleading practices institutions use to target veterans’ education and GI Bill benefits. To report suspicious activity, file a complaint or get more information, call the VA at 1-800-827-1000.


Attention post-9/11 ! If you’ve deployed to a combat zone but never enrolled in VA health care, you should sign up TODAY.

It only takes a few minutes to apply — then you have access for life. Apply now at


If you aren’t currently enrolled in VA health care, check to see if the current special enrollment window under the PACT Act applies to you. Learn more at


The PACT Act’s special enrollment period deadline is approaching. Here's what you need to know.


Shared from our friends at Veterans Health Administration (VHA) - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
VA wants feedback from Veteran patients. Patient Advocates are ready to manage your compliments, complains and concerns regarding your health care.


Roundtable discussion on the legacy of the Berlin Airlift, moderated by Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall and Dr. Ed Goldstein from SAF/PA.


VA Health Care Eligibility for Post 9/11 era Veterans

Calling all Post-9/11 Veterans! Time’s running out to enroll in the PACT Act one-year special enrollment period for Post-9/11 combat Veterans that began October 1, 2022.

To enroll, a Veteran must have:
· Served on active duty in a theater of combat operations during a period of war after the Persian Gulf War, or
· Served in combat against a hostile force during a period of hostilities after November 11, 1998

And the Veteran must have:
· Been discharged or released between September 11, 2001, and October 1, 2013, and
· Not previously enrolled in VA health care

If you aren’t currently enrolled in VA health care, we encourage you to apply so we can provide you with any care you may need now or in the future.

Four easy ways to apply for VA health care

· Online:
· By calling the toll-free hotline: 877-222-8387
· By mailing VA Form 10-10EZ to:
Health Eligibility Center
2957 Clairmont Rd., Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30329

· In person at your nearest VA medical center or clinic

Visit to learn more about PACT Act eligibility.


Hershel "Woody" Williams VAMC 5th Annual Su***de Prevention and Remembrance 5k Run/Walk.
This event is FREE for all who attend. Participants/Volunteers need to register by Noon on September 8 at the following link:


EXTENDED DEADLINE: Veterans and survivors now have until Monday, August 14, 2023, 11:59PM to file your PACT Act claim—or submit your intent to file—and be eligible for benefits backdated to August 10, 2022.

Take advantage of this extension and file now:


A Veteran and VA employee helps with the claims process and reminds Veterans of two upcoming PACT Act deadlines.


Happy Women Veterans Day! To the women Veterans who continue to inspire future generations of women service members, thank you for your service!


Q: What happens if I forgot to check the box on the CRDP-CRSC Open Season letter?

A: Returning the election letter with a signature and an unchecked “change my entitlement” box will result in an unclear election and may delay any changes you wish to make. Please return the letter and check the box ONLY if you want to CHANGE programs. No action is required if you want keep your election the same. Reminder: Open Season election deadline is Jan. 31, 2023. See more on our FAQ page:


This is the day! Surviving spouses receive their full Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) payment from DFAS and their full Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) payment from the VA.

Reminder: Your Feb. 1, 2023, payment is the first SBP payment with no DIC offset. Remember, this change does not impact your DIC payment. Find out more:


Veterans in acute suicidal crisis will be able to go to any VA or non-VA health care facility for emergency health care at no cost

Lawrence County Veterans Service Office reappointment of Veteran Service Commissioner, G. Randy Harper sworn in by Honor...

Lawrence County Veterans Service Office reappointment of Veteran Service Commissioner, G. Randy Harper sworn in by Honorable Judge Patricia Sanders, Probate Juvenile Court.


The December 2022 DFAS Retiree Newsletter is now available here:

The newsletter includes tips on convenient ways to get or replace a 1099-R tax statement, FAQs to help you make a decision for CRDP/CRSC Open Season if you are eligible for both programs, a Form Wizard round-up, and a special spotlight article for Gray Area Retirees. We also have detailed overviews on the upcoming 2023 changes to SBP for annuitants. Plus, helpful information from our partners.

You can also download a PDF of the newsletter to share with friends:


Q: My VA disability award increased, why is my CRSC entitlement still the same?

A: Increases to your CRSC award are not always automatic. If the VA awards new service-connected disabilities, you must submit a reconsideration claim to your Branch of Service. Please visit our CRDP-CRSC FAQ page for more info:


On behalf of the Lawrence County Veteran Service Office, we wish each and every one a blessed and wonderful Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!


Tomorrow 17 Dec 2022 Wreaths across American will be putting the Wreaths out Ceremony starts at 1130


Contact Jennifer Hawkins, Women Veterans Program Manager, at (304) 429-6741, ext. 4701 for more information.


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Join us for an SBP Webinar Courtesy of Military OneSource: 2023 Changes to the Survivor Benefit Plan

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, 1-2 p.m. EST

There are changes coming for some Survivor Benefit Plan annuitants in 2023. Find out how the changes may affect you if you are a surviving spouse and you receive Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) from the VA or if you requested the SBP Optional Annuity for Dependent Children because your military loved one was a service member who died in the line of duty.

Register for the Dec. 8, 2022 webinar online:

Lawrence County Ohio Veteran of the Year Induction CeremonyWednesday, November 9, 2022  6:00pm Ohio University Southern,...

Lawrence County Ohio
Veteran of the Year Induction Ceremony
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 6:00pm
Ohio University Southern, Main Rotunda

Join us as honor Veteran of the Year, Thomas "Tom" Williams
One who served and continued to serve to his last day.


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From Ohio University Southern, thank you for your service.
Many thanks to The Ironton Tribune for their coverage and in-depth article of our Grave Marker Dedication on Saturday, May 29. We are incredibly humbled by the outpouring of support we received in ensuring that the legacy of Pvt. John Evans and Pvt. Jefferson Finley is sustained for generations to come.


Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - National Organization Dept of Ohio, SUVCW Ben Frail National Asuvcw Patriotic Instructor Auxiliary to Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Wanda Langdon Fruth Pharmacy The Armory Smokehouse Cadot-Blessing Camp #126 SUVCW David Lucas Communication Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization Lawrence County Veterans Service Ohio Humanities U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Ohio Department of Veterans Services The William C. Lambert Military Museum and Archive Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church Preservation Society Civil War Times Magazine American Civil War Museum United States Colored Troops (USCT) Headstone Project United States Colored Troops Living History Association Kelly D. Mezurek Department Of Kentucky SUVCW Cincinnati Civil War Round Table Ohio American Civil War enthusiasts American Civil War Museum of Ohio Ohio In The Civil War Ohio Civil War Archive Army of the Ohio Civil War Reenactors The National Civil War Museum The African American Civil War Memorial and Museum
Over 3,000 men from Lawrence County, Ohio, mostly volunteers, served in the Union army during the Civil War. About 40-50 of them served in the U.S. Colored Troops. Two of these men served with the 27th USCT and are decendents of our own Brother Larry McCullough.

Private John Evans
Company C, 27th U.S. Colored Infantry
Died: September 1st, 1904

Private Jefferson Finley
(Brother-in-Law of John Evans)
Company B, 27th U.S. Colored Infantry
Died: January 5th, 1887

These two mean were buried in unmarked graves at the Kelley Cemetery in Ironton, Ohio over a century ago. This past weekend, we were able to rectify this provide them with proper markings to allow their legacies to be remembered for generations to come. A special thanks goes out to all of those who help our Brothers Freeman, Brown, and McCullough plan and organize this endeavor over the past year.

We were honored to have Dr. Kelly D. Mezurek, author of "For Their Own Cause: The 27th USCT", with us for the dedication and for providing us a wonder presentation on the history of the USCT during the Civil War.

If you would like to learn more about the 27th USCT, please consider purchasing Dr. Mezurek's book:

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - National Organization Dept of Ohio, SUVCW, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Ben Frail Cincinnati Civil War Round Table Darryl Smith Lawrence County Ohio Museum and Historical Society Civil War Times Magazine The Civil War Monitor Department Of Kentucky SUVCW Auxiliary to Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Daughters of Union Veterans of The Civil War-National Department The Armory Smokehouse Buckeye Monument Company Cadot-Blessing Camp #126 SUVCW David Lucas Communication Fruth Pharmacy The William C. Lambert Military Museum and Archive Lawrence County Veterans Service Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization Ohio Humanities U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Spartanburg Sister Anthony O'Connell #10 Asuvcw
It was quite an honor to participate in today's ceremony at Woodland cemetery for the Wreaths Across America - Official Page event. We would like to thank the Lawrence County Veterans Service and all of the veterans organizations for taking time to recognize our student's efforts in the cannon restoration during the ceremony.
Looking for a Veteran to ride on the Justin Bradley Allen float at the Memorial day parade.. Let me know if interested.