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Defiance County Veterans Office

Public Meeting Notice

VSC meets the first and third Monday of each month at County East office complex at 3 pm. Meeting date may change due to holiday schedule; Please call to confirm date. All meetings of this commission are open to the public.

Defiance County has made a commitment to honor the armed forces veterans of the county by collecting and preserving a written history of their service. This has evolved into a searchable database that is housed on a computer at the Defiance County Library. This database includes information on veterans of all eras who were born in, lived in, died in, or were buried in Defiance County. This includes veterans who served in local militias, state national guards units, federal branches of service, active duty or reserve. The database can be searched by name, branch of service, cemetery, prisoner of war status, medal of honor recipient, male / female veterans, or the war era.

Search the Veterans Database

The county Veteran's Office is a taxpayer supported Agency operating under Title 59 of the Ohio Revised Code, overseen by a locally appointed Veteran's Service Commission comprised of five members:

  • Chris Newton, American Legion Representative
  • David Lulfs, Amvets Representative
  • Thomas Kent, Disabled American Veterans Representative
  • Darcy Lehman, Military Order of the Purple Heart Representative
  • Peter Kennerk, Veterans of Foreign Wars Representative

VA Programs, Benefits, and Assistance

This office can provide assistance with any VA program and benefits including:

  • Compensation for Service Connected Disabilities & Disease
  • Request DD214 Military Discharges & Service Records
  • Requesting Military Medals
  • Appeals Process for Denied Claims
  • Home Loans & Certificates of Eligibility
  • Pensions for Low Income Wartime Veterans Widows & Survivors Benefits
  • Vocational Rehabilitation & Education Benefits
  • Life Insurance & Burial Benefits
  • Health Care Benefits
  • Applications for Upgrading Discharges
  • Headstones & Markers for Veteran's Graves
  • Homeless Veteran Programs

We can also provide local assistance with:

  • Applications for the Ohio Veteran's Home in Sandusky, Ohio and Georgetown, Ohio
  • Emergency Financial Assistance for Veterans & Dependents
  • Transportation to Area VA Hospitals & Clinics
  • Flag Holders for Veteran's Graves
  • Special Research Projects

Additional Resources for Veterans

Ohio Means Veteran Jobs - Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Service Office of Workforce Development
Veteran’s tired of searching separate sources for the right job can view postings from multiple job boards and employer web sites. The Skills Translator allows Veterans to enter their Military Occupational Specialty or job code, and Ohio Means Veteran Jobs will convert the search to the civilian equivalent to the military job code.

Area VA Hospitals & Clinics


10701 East Blvd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
P: (216) 791-3800 or 800-379-8387

4100 West Third Street
Dayton, Ohio 45428
P: (937) 268-6511

VA Outpatient Clinic
1200 South Detroit Ave
Toledo, Ohio 43614
P: (419) 259-2000 or 800-949-1002


1481 West 10th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
P: (317) 554-0000 or 888-342-7602

Northern Indiana Healthcare Systems VAMC
2121 Lake Avenue
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805
P: (260) 426-5431 or 800-360-8387

1700 East 38th Street
Marion, Indiana 46953
P: 765-674-3321 or 800-498-8792


4646 John R. Street
Detroit, Michigan 48105
P: (313) 576-1000

2215 Fuller Road
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105
P: (734) 769-7100 or 800-361-5387