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To serve Randolph County veterans and their dependents, assuring that all VA claimants have consistent availability of qualified representation and assistance in obtaining benefits administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.To serve Randolph County veterans and their dependents, assuring that all VA claimants have consistent availability of qualified representation and assistance in obtaining benefits administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Chad Gurley, Director of Veteran Services

Chad.Gurley@randolphcountync.gov

Elizabeth Wood, Veteran Service Officer

Elizabeth.Wood@randolphcountync.gov

Kenneth Harvel, Veteran Service Officer

(TBA)

Lisa Wright, Veteran Service Officer

(TBA)

Blue Water Navy Veterans and Agent Orange Exposure

Veterans who served on open sea ships off the shore of Vietnam during the Vietnam War are referred to as "Blue Water Navy Veterans."

Veterans who served on a vessel operating not more than 12 nautical miles seaward from the demarcation line of the waters of Vietnam and Cambodia, as defined in Public Law 116-23 are eligible for the Agent Orange Registry. Please note that being in the Agent Orange Registry does not verify eligibility for benefits.

Exposure to Agent Orange

A recent signed Blue Water Navy law affects Veterans who served on a vessel operating not more than 12 nautical miles seaward from the demarcation line of the waters of Vietnam and Cambodia as defined in Public Law 116-23. Veterans who state they meet the criteria of this law are eligible for the Agent Orange

Registry. Note: being in the registry does not verify eligibility for benefits.

VA benefits

Eligible Veterans may receive the following VA benefits:
•Health care benefits: A full range of medical benefits. There are many ways that a Veteran may qualify for VA health care benefits.
•Disability compensation: A monthly payment for diseases related to Agent Orange

exposure.
•Other benefits: Home loans, vocational rehabilitation, education, and more

Surviving spouses, dependent

children and dependent parents of Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange and died as the result of diseases related to Agent Orange exposure may be eligible for survivors' benefits.

 

Am I eligible for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers?

You may be eligible if you and the Veteran you’re caring for meet all of the requirements listed below. 

Eligibility requirements for the family caregiver

You must be at least 18 years old and at least one of these must be true for you.

You must be either:

  • A spouse, son, daughter, parent, stepfamily member, or extended family member of the Veteran, or
  • Someone who lives full-time with the Veteran, or is willing to do so if designated as a family caregiver

Eligibility requirements for the Veteran

All of these must be true for the Veteran you’re caring for.

The Veteran must have a VA disability rating (individual or combined) of 70% or higher. The Veteran’s service-connected disabilities must have been caused or made worse by their active-duty service during one of these periods of time:

  • On or after September 11, 2001, or
  • On or before May 7, 1975

And the Veteran must:

  • Have been discharged from the U.S. military or have a date of medical discharge, and
  • Need at least 6 months of continuous, in-person personal care services

                  

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