Program Overview

County Veteran Service Officer (CVSO)

Assist veterans with:

  • Veterans Assistance Benefits, including discharge certificates/DD 214; military medical records and review;  military personnel records;  Dept of Veterans Affairs award letters;  verification of service statements; and enrollment in eBenefits.
     
  • Disability Compensation and Pension Claims, including Assist with VA eBenefits claims process; Help determine best options for each veteran; Assist with tracking progress; Review additional VA requests for information; Explain VA decision packages; Provide guidance on appeals, and Veteran advocate and liaison.
     
  • Elderly & Disabled Veteran & Widow Programs, including provides assistance for aid and attendance benefits; provides assistance for housebound benefits; assist surviving spouses with burial, disability indemnity compensation and widow pension; Assist with VA health care benefits, and veteran continuous relief.

 

Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)

Assist veterans with resources, such as finding housing, maintaining their housing, case management, bus passes and advocating during landlord disputess.

 

Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH)

Assists veterans in finding housing, counseling and VA resources.

 

Veteran Assistance Funds (VAF)

Assists veterans during emergency situations and can assist with gas vouchers, bus passes, clothing vouchers, food vouchers, motel vouchers*, rent, utility and other crisis interventions. VAF also offers one-on-one coaching to help with VA disability claims, budgeting, general VA assistance benefits, and more. Documentation reqirements will apply.

* Motel vouchers are limited and veteran must be working with another veteran program

 

 

Who is Eligible?

To qualify for assistance, the following criteria must be met:

  • Meet state definition of a veteran:
    • a person in the military for at least 6 months,
    • have a copy of their separation papers (i.e. DD 214),
  • Have honorable/general discharge (if you have a "other than honorable" or "bad conduct" discharge, you may be eligible for SSVF)
  • Must reside in Skagit County
  • Other restrictions may apply.

 

Income Guidelines

If your income is less than the income shown below, you may be eligible for assistance.

 

County Veteran Services Officer:

No income guidelines apply, with the exception of pension and enhanced pension. For more information please contact the CVSO.

 

Supportive Services for Veteran Families:

  Household Size   Maximum Annual Income*
1
$22,700
2
$25,200
3
$29,200
4
$32,400
5
$35,000
6
$37,600

 

Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing:

  Household Size   Maximum Annual Income*
1
$22,700
2
$25,200
3
$29,200
4
$51,850
5
$56,000
6
$60,150

 

Veterans Assistance Fund:

  Household Size   Maximum Monthly Income*
1
$1,471
2
$1,991
3
$2,511
4
$2,842
5
$3,071
6
$3,393

 

How to Apply

County Veteran Service Officer: Appointments available by calling 360-416-7585 x1162. Walk-ins ok, first come first serve.

Mount Vernon: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 9am to 3pm

Concrete Veterans Center: Wednesday 9am to 3pm

Supportive Services for Veteran Families & Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing: Walk-ins through the Housing Resource Center: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10am-3pm.

Veterans Assistance Fund: Walk-ins Monday thru Friday from 9am-5pm. Or call 360-588-5759.

 

Resources

Fair Market Rents: Perameters for financial assistance for housing.

Income: Provides income guidelines related to Section 8 housing.

Skagit Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services: Provides legal assistance with protection orders and restraining orders as well as other emergency services to survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault.

 

 

Questions

Call the Housing Resource Center 360-416-7585

Skagit County Veterans Homeless Care Line 360-416-7585 ext. 1169

County Veteran Service Officer TBD