(ATLANTIC) Cass County Veterans Affairs Director Mitch Holmes gave his quarterly and annual reports to the Cass County Board of Supervisors this morning.
The Veterans Affairs Commission of Cass County provides a wide variety of assistance and services for its resident, honorably-discharged veterans and their family members. Over the fiscal year, 462 veterans and family members were assisted, the office recorded 5,118 contacts with veterans, and a total of 342 federal VA documents were processed.
Holmes said according to the most recent statistics, federal VA benefits to Cass County veterans and their families totaled almost $5.1 million annually, an increase of 9.6 percent.
“That includes compensation of pensions of $2.68 million, medical expenditures of $2.2 million; and then educational programs and vocational rehab about $157,000, and there are several other little programs in there that we give a spattering of money to make up the difference there,” said Holmes.
For fiscal year 2012-2013, there were 78 claims for financial assistance totaling $16,778. That is down from 140 claims last fiscal year totaling $20,161.
Holmes also noted that since the Iowa Veterans Driver’s License program began in February of this year, 101 veterans have received the veteran’s designation on their driver’s licenses.