Athens County Veterans Service Commission

Court House Annex
15 South Court Street
Athens, OH 45701
Office Phone: (740) 592-3216
Veterans Officer (740) 592-3218
Fax: (740) 592-3217

Office Hours:
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 12 noon
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed Legal Holidays

The Soldiers Relief Commission was started over one hundred years ago (1865) to assist Union soldiers and their families in times of need. Now we are called the Veterans Service Commission and have a wider range of responsibilities. However, our primary purpose still is to help veterans and their families, particularly in times of financial need.

The Athens County Veterans Service office is not a branch of the Veterans Administration. We do not approve or deny VA claims. However, the Veterans Service Office does assist veterans and their dependents in applying for and maintaining their VA benefits.

The Veterans Service Commission assists eligible veterans and their dependents who have met with unexpected hardship until a more permanent solution can be found.

Additionally, we offer assistance to eligible veterans for needed medical care. We supply the bronze flag holders that mark the graves of veterans buried in our county. We also help veterans seek assistance from other state and federal agencies.

The Veterans Service Commission stops accepting relief applications at 12:00 noon on the scheduled day of their meeting.

Local Veterans' Organizations

Eligibility for VA Programs

Timetable for Benefits


Prisoners of War

Pension (Non-Service Connected)

Vocational Rehabilitation

GI Home Loans


Military Records

Review of Discharges

VA Medical Care

Ohio Veterans Home

Other Ohio State Benefits

War Orphan Scholarship (Ohio)

Government Life Insurance

Dependents Education

Survivors' Benefits

Funeral and Death Expenses

Other Federal Benefits

Ohio Disabled Benefits

Addresses & Phone Numbers