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State Veterans Service Office | Veterans Homes | Nebraska Veterans' Aid Fund (NVA)

Discharges (DD-214) | Grave Registration | Operation Recognition

Waiver of Tuition | Reservist Tuition Credit (RTC)

 

Nebraska Veterans Service Office

The function of the State Service Office is to interview military veterans, their spouses, and dependents to establish tentative eligibility for veterans' benefits provided by federal and state laws; to advise applicants with claims before the US Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA); and to assist them in the accurate completion of application forms and transmit them to the proper federal or state agency for processing.

State Service Officers are recognized representatives for the Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America, American Ex-POW's, Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Retired Enlisted Association and the National Association of County Service Veteran Officers and are authorized to accept Power of Attorneys from claimants on behalf of the organizations. State Service Officers are located at the VA Regional Office in Lincoln.

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Nebraska Veterans Homes

provided via the DHHS - Division of Veterans Homes website - please follow the link for more information

Nebraska has four veterans homes located in Bellevue, Norfolk, Grand Island, and Scottsbluff that are part of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. The objective of these homes is to provide domiciliary care and both intermediate and skilled nursing care. Veterans who served on active duty in the armed forces of the United States may be eligible for admission to one of the Nebraska veterans homes; eligibility may extend to the spouse, widow(er), and Gold Star parent. (NE State Statute 80-316)

Applications are made through the County Veterans Service Officer in the county in which the applicant resides, a recognized veterans organization as defined in subdivision (1) of section 80-401.01, or to a Nebraska veterans home. Admissions to the homes are determined on a case-by-case basis by the Veterans' Homes Board.

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Nebraska Veterans Aid Fund (NVA)

The NVA Fund was established in 1921. This temporary emergency aid fund assists veterans, their spouses, and dependents when an unforeseen emergency occurs disrupting their normal method of living and when other resources are not immediately available. For NVA purposes, veteran means any person who:

  1. served on active duty in the armed forces of the United States, other than active duty for training, and who:
    1. was discharged or otherwise separated with a characterization of honorable or general (under honorable conditions) from such service; or
    2. died while in service or as a direct result of such service; or
  2. being a citizen of the United States at the time of his or her entry into such service, served with the military forces of any government allied with the United States during any period identified in section 80-401.01 and was discharged or otherwise separated with a characterization of honorable or general (under honorable conditions) from such service.

All income from the Fund is used for aid and not for administrative expenses of the fund. Aid can only be used for food, fuel, shelter, wearing apparel, funeral, medical and surgical items. Application must be made through the County Veterans Service Officer or Post Service Officer of any recognized veterans' organization in the county nearest the applicant's place of residence and submitted to the Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs.

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Discharge Records (DD-214)

The Department has approximately 700,000 discharges of Nebraska veterans on microfilm. If a veteran entered from and returned to Nebraska upon separation from military service, a copy of the discharge may be on file in the Department. Documents previously filed with the Selective Service System and National Guard were referred to the Department of Veterans' Affairs. Since October 1, 1979, if requested by the service-member, Military Separation Centers have sent a copy of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from active duty (DD form 214) to the Department.

Copies of discharges may also be requested from the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis by completing a Standard Form-180 or submitting an online request by visiting www.vetrecs.archives.gov.

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Grave Registration

The Department of Veterans' Affairs shall preserve a permanent registry of the graves of all persons who shall have served in the Armed Forces of the United States in time of war and whose mortal remains rest in Nebraska. Information concerning the registry can be obtained from the Department of Veterans' Affairs or a County Veterans' Service Officer.

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Operation Recognition

Operation Recognition awards Honorary High School Diplomas to eligible WWII and Korean War veterans who were attending a Nebraska High School but left to serve their country and did not graduate after their release from service.

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State Educational Benefits

Waiver of Tuition

Dependents of an eligible veteran may be authorized for a waiver to cover 100% of tuition charges and tuition-related fees to the University of Nebraska campuses, Nebraska state colleges and Nebraska community colleges. Applications are submitted to the Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs by contacting the County Veterans' Service Office nearest the applicant's place of residence.

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Reservist Tuition Credit

Nebraska residents who are enlisted members of a Nebraska-based unit of the Active Selected Reserve may be eligible for a 50% tuition credit to the University of Nebraska campuses, Nebraska state colleges and Nebraska community colleges. This program is allowed 200 new applicants each calendar year.

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