The Cambria County Veterans’ 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. Please call 814-472-1590 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to schedule an appointment.
Services provided at the Courthouse Office:
- Advise, assist and counsel Veterans and their families in the process necessary to obtain Veterans’ benefits
- Assist Veterans, Veterans’ surviving spouses or dependents in providing information, and completing forms and documents when applying for benefits
- Establish military /claim data files on all Veterans coming into the office
- Distribute death benefit claims for the county
- Transmit records for deceased Veterans to the US Department 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 Veterans’ gravesites
- Remain current on new laws and regulations specifically applying to Veterans
- Keep citizens aware of Veterans’ 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 pensions
- 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 you to locate one. Many Veterans filed their discharge papers with the county, and the Recorder of Deeds Office maintains thousands of them. Or you may request a copy from the National Archives ( Request Military Service Records | National Archives ). In order to request a discharge, you will need the Veteran’s social security number, date and place of birth, the approximate dates the Veteran served, and 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 of a disabling condition, and a medical connection/link between the in service event and the current disabling condition.
- What is the Veterans’ (and surviving spouses) pension program?
- The Veterans and surviving spouses’ pension program is designed to help offset care costs for eligible Veterans and their surviving spouses. Requirements for the are:
- You must be 65 or older,
- You must have a net worth of less than $155,356, and show a need.
- The program is only available to Veterans (and the surviving spouses of Veterans) who served on active duty 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 –
- Veterans who served in Vietnam – Nov. 1, 1955 – May 7, 1975
- Veterans who served outside of Vietnam – Aug. 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975
- Gulf War – Aug. 2, 1990 – present.
Philip D. Rice
Director of Veterans’ Affairs
Timothy M. Sherry
Veterans’ Service Officer
Terry Powers, USMC
Veterans’ Services Representative
Joshua T. Krise
Veterans’ Services Officer
200 South Center Street
Ebensburg, PA 15931
Phone: (814) 472-1590
Fax: (814) 472-1423
Federal Department of Veterans’ Affairs Phone Number: 1-800-827-1000.
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Hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.