Defiance County Veteran’s Office is honored to advocate for our local veterans, spouses, and their dependents. Our primary focus is to advise, instruct and counsel veterans, their spouses and children of the benefits available from the Veterans Administration and the Department of Defense. We also support veterans’ activities in the county and connect veterans to useful resources whether living in assisted living facilities, nursing homes or private residences.
Please look through our website or call us at 419.782.6861 for more information on how we can assist you.
Thank you for your service!
The Veterans Service Commission is a county agency that was established to assist honorably discharged veterans, their spouses and minor children. We strive to maintain a strong relationship with veterans and their dependents living in Defiance County so that we can connect them to the federal, state and county agencies that are in place to serve them.
There are five distinct services that our agency provides:
- Financial assistance to eligible veterans and family members who demonstrate a need. We assist veterans who have met with unexpected hardships and help provide them with financial assistance for necessities like mortgage, rent, food and utilities. Click here to download and print out the Financial Assistance Form for Defiance County Veterans.
- Assistance navigating benefits and issues with the Department of Veterans Affairs. This includes preparing claims for the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs so that veterans and their eligible dependents can receive compensation, pension and education benefits.
- Transportation to VA Medical Appointments, to and from VA Medical Centers. Veterans living in Defiance County, who need transportation to and from VA medical appointments, may contact our office directly to schedule transportation. There is no charge for this door-to-door transportation service. One caregiver may accompany the veteran.
Military Discharges, Records and Corrections
Sandusky Veterans Home: The Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky is a 427-bed nursing home facility offering two levels of care: standard care for those in need of any intermediate level of care and special care for those with memory care needs. The Home opened in 1888 to care for veterans of the Civil War and has been in continuous operation since.
“Georgetown Veterans Home: The Ohio Veterans Home in Georgetown is a 168-bed nursing home facility offering two levels of care: standard care for veterans in need of any intermediate level of care and memory care for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. The home opened in 2003 in the scenic countryside of Brown County.
The mission of the Defiance County Veterans Office and Veterans Service Commission is to provide emergency relief and benefit services to veterans who served this country and to their family members and survivors.
The Veterans Service Commission was established in 1886 by the Ohio Legislature to assist Veterans and their families in times of need. Defiance County Veterans Office serves Defiance County, Ohio Veterans by actively identifying, connecting with and advocating for veterans and their families. Ohio is home to more than 848,000 veterans – the sixth largest population of veterans in the United States. There are approximately over 3,000 Veterans in Defiance County.
DVS coordinates the training and certification of Ohio’s County Veterans Service officers and County Veterans Service commissioners in all 88 counties to ensure accurate US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) claims that maximize Ohio veterans’ benefits and compensation.
Chris Newton – American Legion www.legion.org
David Lulfs – AMVETS www.amvets.org
Thomas Kent – Disabled American Veterans www.dav.org
J.D. Grim – Military Order of the Purple Heart www.purpleheart.org
Peter Kennerk – Veterans of Foreign Wars www.vfw.org
Meet the Staff
Office Manager – Tanya Brunner
Service Officer – Erin Clady
Admin Assistant – Crystal Ankney
Veterans Crisis Line
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their loved ones with caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans and their friends and family can receive confidential support through a toll-free call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can connect to VA responders through online chat and text messaging.
If you are a Veteran in crisis or are concerned about one, connect with a specially trained and experienced VA crisis responder any time of the day or night.