Veterans' Service Office

This office was established by the County Commission as authorized by the Florida Senate in 1946. The County Service Office began operation on February 5, 1946.

Purpose of the Veterans' Service Office

The purpose of the office is to provide assistance to the veteran, his spouse and his family members in obtaining benefits through the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What services are available?
A: Assistance in filing for VA benefits, i.e., pension, disability, application for home loan eligibilty, VA healthcare, replacement of medals, replacement of service documents, etc.

Q: Why do some veterans receive more disability than others?
A: Each veteran's case is different and the degree of disability even though similar, may vary.

Q: Can one receive disability from the VA and still work?
A: Yes, ability to work depends on the degree of the disability, but employment is not prohibited.

Q: Can one work and receive a VA pension?
A: The amount one receives in VA pension is directly related to total household income.

Q: If one has a disability from VA, can they use the facilities at military installations?
A: Yes, if the disability is 100% permanent and total. If the disability is less, the answer is no.

Q: Can one get medications from the VA?
A: Yes, application for enrollment must be made to the clinic of choice.

Q: My friend goes to Panama City VA Clinic. Can I?
A: Yes, if you make application and approved for enrollment.

Q: How much does it cost to go to the VA clinics?
A: Cost is determined based on a VA Means Test, but normally if one has insurance other than Medicare the VA will bill the company if you are over the income limit.

Q: Does everyone have to meet the VA Means Test?
A: No, veterans who are being treated for their service-connected disabilities do not fall under this requirement. It must be noted that treatment by such a veteran for a non-service connected condition would.

Q: Do we have to pay for medications received from the VA?
A: Yes, a co-payment of $8.00 for each 30 day supply of medications is currently in effect for non-service connected conditions. Payment is not required for medications to treat service connected conditions.

Q: Where is the closest VA hospital?
A: Lake City
Location and Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Wednesday 7:00-5:30 (EST)
County Administration Building
Room 311

For other questions,
Contact Mr. Joe Paul
Veterans' Service Officer
(850) 229-6125
(850) 229-7180 FAX
If no answer, leave a message.
Email:  vetservices@gulfcounty-fl.gov

Other links:
Veterans' Affairs
http://www.va.gov

Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs
http://www.floridavets.org

Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs Regional Office
http://www.benefits.va.gov/stpetersburg/