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The Office of Veterans Services (OVS)

Many veterans confuse the Department of Veterans Affairs (the Federal agency) with the Office of Veterans Services (a State agency that is part of the State Department of Defense.) The following is a brief summary of the Office of Veterans Services.

The Mission. The Office of Veterans Services (OVS) is the principal state office responsible for the development and management of policies and programs related to veterans, their dependents, and/or survivors. The OVS acts as a liaison between the Governor and veterans’ organizations and also between the Department of Veterans Affairs and individual veterans. Our objectives are to assist veterans in obtaining State and federal entitlements, to supply the latest information on veterans’ issues and to provide advice and support to veterans making the transition back into civilian life. 

OVS is the State’s primary advocate for veterans applying for and receiving benefits and services.  The OVS may take action on behalf of veterans, their families and survivors to secure appropriate rights, benefits and services. 

The OVS serves all eligible veterans, Reservists, National Guard members, active-duty military personnel and their dependents (including stepchildren).

Link to State Provided Benefits, List of Services, and Office of Veterans Service Office locations.

Last reviewed on February 27, 2020