(ATLANTIC) Cass County Veteran Affairs Executive Director Mitch Holmes gave his quarterly report to the Board of Supervisors this morning.
Holmes said there were 26 claims for general assistance, totaling $4,910. Claims included rent, utilities, groceries, transportation costs and one emergency claim for an ambulance. Holmes said there were 201 veterans assisted, 189 office visits, 5 home visits, 289 phone contacts, 838 correspondence and 48 Veterans who got the Veterans designation on their license.
Holmes said through the driver’s license program they have gotten several Veterans in the office who have never applied for benefits before. Holmes said many of them did not know that Cass County had a Veteran’s office.
“I think of a lot of Veterans I’ve been talking to said they’ve never really had issues, they didn’t realize there were other benefits,” said Holmes. “They weren’t injured, so they think that they did their duty, came home and right back to work and didn’t suffer any real condition related to the military service… but there are other benefits out there for them that they don’t know about.
Cass County Veterans Affairs Commission provides assistance to all Military Veterans discharged under honorable conditions and/or their family members in applying for Federal benefits and other Veteran’s aid.