8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday and Wednesday
Special appointments/arrangements can be made for
handicap veterans/dependents that are unable to travel or come to the office.
Areas of Help
AREAS THE MCCOOK COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE OFFICE CAN HELP VETERANS
Character of Discharge
VA Health Care Enrollment
Military Personnel Records
Women Veterans Programs
Death Pension (Survivor)
Dependency & Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
Black Hills National Cemetery
Health Insurance Questions
Re-Open a Claim
File for Claim Increase
Veterans Bonus Programs
State Veterans Home (Hot Springs)
Compensation: VA can pay you monthly compensation if you are at least 10% disabled as a result of your military service
Pension: You can receive a monthly pension if you are a wartime veteran with limited income, and you are permanently and totally disabled or at least 65 years old.
Death Pension: is payable to some surviving spouses and children of deceased wartime veterans. The benefit is based on financial need.
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC): is payable to certain survivors of:
Service members who died on active duty
Veterans who died from service-related disabilities
Certain veterans who were being paid 100% VA disability compensation at time of death
Parent DIC: is payable to some surviving parents. The benefit is based on financial need.
VA Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA): shares the cost of medical services for eligible dependents and survivors of certain veterans.
Dependents & Survivors Education and Training: Some family members of disabled or deceased veterans are eligible for education and training benefits.
Burial: VA offers certain benefits and services to honor our Nation's deceased veterans.
Headstones and Markers: VA can furnish a monument to mark the unmarked grave of an eligible veteran.
Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC): VA can provide a PMC for eligible recipients.
Burial Flag: VA can provide an American flag to drape an eligible veteran's casket.
Reimbursement of Burial Expenses: Generally, VA can pay a burial allowance of $2,000 for veterans who die of service-related causes. For certain other veterans, VA can pay $300 for burial and funeral expenses and $300 for a burial plot.
Burial in a VA NationalCemetery: Most veterans and some dependents can be buried in a VA national cemetery.
Who Is Eligible: You may be eligible for VA benefits if you are:
a veteran’s dependent
a surviving spouse, child or parent of a deceased veteran
an active duty military service member
a member of the Reserve or National Guard
What VA Offers: VA benefits and services are in these major categories:
Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment
Education & Training
Dependents & Survivors
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MILITARY DISCHARGE RECORDS- FORMS
(Known as: Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, WG xx, DD-214 or equivalent)
The Veterans Report of Separation from Active Duty or Discharge form (DD 214) is the most important document a veteran will receive when discharged from Active Duty.
Keep the Original copies in a Safe and Secured placed. NEVER send the original to the VA or other organizations. Send only Certified Copies of the original.
This document should be filed at the County Record of Deeds or County Record of Vital Statistics within the county that you live in after you are separated from active duty. If you later move to another state or county this document should be re-filed in the new county. This is a free service in the state of South Dakota.
DD 214s that are lost or destroyed can be requested from the National Personnel Records Centers either on-line or by mailing a Standard Form (SF) 180. This process delays the veterans or dependents ability to apply for VA benefits up to 4-6 weeks. The Standard Form 180 can be completed and/or printed by clicking here. You can also complete this form on line in which you must send a signature page by clicking here
Certified Copies of the DD 214 are required for most initial Claims, Benefits, and Bonus programs. In most cases a veteran or dependent may not require the use of the form for 30 or more years. The form may be required for reopening a claim or verifying burial or social security benefits. Once discharge forms are filed in South Dakota, Veterans can obtain as many certified copies of their discharge forms as needed at any time at no cost.
Military Medical Records can sometimes be very difficult to find. In most cases the medical records are stored with the military treatment facility the service member was treated at. During the time of demobilization or force restructuring in which military facilities were closed some serious research will need to be completed. It is very important that the service member or veteran recalls specific information to help track the information. The following information is required to assist in locating medical records: