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McCook County South Dakota

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VETERANS SERVICES

  • GENERAL
  • AREAS OF HELP
  • HELPFUL WEBSITES
  • RECORDS & AWARDS

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Keith Aden, Veteran Service Officer

Mailing Address:
McCook County Veteran Service Officer
130 W Essex, PO Box 190
Salem, SD 57058

Phone:  605-425-2485
Fax:  605-425-2534

Email:
mccookvso@triotel.net

Office Hours
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

  • Basic Eligibility
  • Character of Discharge
  • VA Health Care Enrollment
  • Representation
  • Military Personnel Records
  • Disability Compensation
  • Women Veterans Programs
  • Service Connection
  • Pension (Veteran)
  • Death Pension (Survivor)
  • Dependency & Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
  • Burial Benefits
  • Black Hills National Cemetery
  • Travel Benefits
  • Co-Payments
  • Fee-Basis Care
  • Income verification
  • Health Insurance Questions
  • Educational Benefits
  • Re-Open a Claim
  • File for Claim Increase
  • Appeals
  • Veterans Bonus Programs
  • State Veterans Home (Hot Springs)
  • and More….

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 National Cemetery: 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
  • 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:

  • Compensation
  • Pension
  • Health Care
  • Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment
  • Education & Training
  • Home Loans
  • Life Insurance
  • Dependents & Survivors
  • Burial

HELPFUL WEBSITES

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VA

VETERANS ADMINISTRATIONS WEBSITES

Department of Veterans AffairsFacilities

Benefits

Programs

Insurance

Forms

Apointments

VA Sioux Falls – SCHEDULING CLINIC APPOINTMENTS “Time to Call” Program

  • Your Provider decides how frequently he/she wants to see you.
  • You will receive a letter asking you to call the clinic to schedule your next appointment.
  • Your appointment will be scheduled at a time that is convenient for you.
  • YOU call us to schedule your appointments.
  • Call 1-800-316-8387 Extension 97120 or 605-336-3230 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 2501 West 22nd Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57105

For medical advice, please call the 24-hour toll free telephone care line:
1-800-316-8387.

Records

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 AWARDS

MILITARY MEDICAL RECORDS

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:

  • Full Name
  • Service Number
  • Rank
  • Branch of Service
  • Unit of Assignment at time of treatment
  • Date of Treatment
  • Type of treatment received
  • Name of Medical Facility
  • Location of Medical Facility
  • Branch of service of Medical Facility

 

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