The Cambria County Veteran Services Office strives to provide courteous, efficient and professional services to the County’s veterans, veterans’ spouses and veterans’ families. As such, we are working by appointment only. Please call or e-mail in order to schedule an appointment.
- Advise, assist and counsel veterans and their families in the process necessary to obtain veterans’ benefits
- Assist veterans, veterans’ widows or dependents in providing information, completing forms and documents when applying for benefits
- Establish military /claims data files on all veterans coming into the office
- Distribute death benefit claims for the county
- Transmit records for the deceased veterans to the Bureau of Veterans Affairs, as required by the county code
- Control and distribute U.S. flags and holders to various service organizations for placement on appropriate veteran’s gravesites
- To stay abreast on all new pending legislation for veterans
- To keep the general public aware of the veteran’s needs and sacrifices they made
- Administer claims for the services connected to disabilities, pensions for veterans unable to work, medical care, home loan guarantees, burial benefits and death dependency, and indemnity compensation and death pension
- How do I enroll in the VA health care system?
- The easiest, and quickest, way to enroll in the VA health system, is to fill out a VA Form 10-10EZ online at www.va.gov. There are many factors about who may be eligible to apply, and we can help you determine that.
- Where can I get my discharge paper (DD-214)?
- A veteran’s discharge paper is a must! If you don’t have yours, we can help locate one. Many veterans filed their discharge papers with the county, and the Recorder of Deeds Office maintains thousands of them. Or, we can help you request a copy from the National Archives. In order to request a discharge, we need the veteran’s social security number, date and place of birth, and the approximate dates they served in which branch of the military.
- What is a service-connected disability?
- A service-connected disability is an injury that either occurred in, or was aggravated by, military service. A veteran must show an event in service, a current diagnosis, and a connection between the two.
- What is the veterans (and widow’s) pension program?
- The veterans and widow’s pension program is designed to help offset medical costs for eligible veterans and their surviving spouses. You must be 65 or older, be below an $127,061 asset cap, and show proof of medical need. The program is only available to veterans (and their spouses) who have served in uniform while America was engaged in armed conflict. Service must have been within these dates: World War II Dec. 7, 1941 – Dec. 31, 1946; Korean War June 27, 1950 – Jan. 31 1955; Vietnam War Feb. 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975 (for veterans who served in Vietnam), Aug. 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975 (for veterans who served outside of Vietnam); Gulf War Aug. 2, 1990 – present.
- What is the phone number for the Federal Department of Veterans’ Affairs?
- The phone number is 1-800-827-1000.
Zackary Portser, US Army
Director of Veteran Affairs
Miles E Palasz, TSgt USAF Ret.
Veteran Service Officer
Terry Powers, USMC
Veteran Services Representative
200 South Center Street
Ebensburg, PA 15931
Phone: (814) 472-1590
Fax: (814) 472-1423
Hours: Monday – Friday 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.