Betsy Grinslade, Veterans' Services Officer
304 NW 2nd Street, Room 106
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Office: (863) 763-6441, Option 5
Fax: (863) 763-0118
Serving those who served and have borne the battle ...
The mission of the Veterans' Services Office is to assist Okeechobee County veterans and their family members by providing counseling and assistance in order to establish VA benefits under Federal and State laws which may result in monetary gain and medical care.
You may be eligible if you are:
- A Veteran.
- A Veteran's Dependent.
- A Surviving Spouse or Child of a Deceased Veteran.
- A member of the Reserves or National Guard.
- An Active Duty Service member.
- A Merchant Marine.
Benefits assistance is available for Compensation, Pension, Health Care, Education, Home Loan Guaranty, Burial. Walk-in assistance available Monday thru Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (closed at lunchtime).
Veterans may enroll in eBenefits, http://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ to make address and direct deposit changes, add/delete dependents, and check the status of their pending claims. If assistance is needed in enrolling in eBenefits, veterans can contact the County Veterans Service Officer.
Health Care Benefits:
The requirement for veterans to report “Net Worth” is no longer required when applying for VA Healthcare. This should allow more veterans access to VA Health Care. To apply for benefits bring your DD 214 and previous years household income (W2 or 1099’s) into the County Veterans' Services Office.
Vietnam Veterans with "boots on the ground" or "brown water" Navy personnel may enroll in VA health care due to the presumption they were exposed to Agent Orange. Also veterans that were stationed at Marine Corps base, Camp Lejeune, between Jan 1, 1957 and Dec 31, 1987 may be eligible for VA health care due to the potential exposure of contaminated drinking water.
Okeechobee County provides free transportation for eligible veterans to and from their medical appointments at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center. The van departs and returns from the Burger King parking lot. To schedule a ride on the van call 763-6441 option 5. All medical appointments must be before 12 noon