The Bexar County Veterans Service Office (VSO) is an advocate agency established to assist veterans or their survivors in obtaining benefits from the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Texas Veterans Commisssion. The VSO cooperates with local government agencies as well as non-governmental service agencies to assist clients in obtaining needed specialized services.
The VSOs purpose is to help veterans or their survivors deal with the often confusing and overwhelming task of completing the correct forms and collecting the appropriate documentation to support a claim for benefits. The VSO also assists clients in identifying and accessing the appropriate local resources to address their immediate and long term needs. Claimants who prepare the claim themselves are welcome to submit their applications for review and comment prior to final submittal to the VA.
To contact the Bexar County Veterans Service Office by e-mail, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LeRoy V. Greene, Jr. Award
The Bexar County Commissioners Court has approved an annual award recognizing citizens of Bexar County who make positive contributions to the well being and quality of life of veterans, military service members and their families. The award is named in honor of the late LeRoy V. Greene, Jr., one of the initial members of the Bexar County Veterans Advisory Committee and a strong advocate for veterans benefits. The deadline for submitting applications for this year's award is September 6, 2013. Information on award criteria and the application form can be downloaded in Adobe Reader or MS Word format.
Bexar County Veteran Memorials
The Military Order of the Purple Heart Memorial is located at Cadena-Reeves Justice Center on the corner of Dolorosa St. and S. Main Avenue. The memorial was dedicated on November 3, 2006 and honors all military service members who have been wounded in combat in service to the United States. The names of 401 Purple Heart Medal recipients are inscribed on the memorials pavers.
The USS San Jacinto and US submarines Still on Patrol Memorials are located at the southeast corner of the Bexar County Courthouse grounds. The bell from the USS San Jacinto, a light aircraft carrier that served with distinction in the Pacific Theater from 1943 to 1947, is displayed. A plaque honors the 52 US submarines lost during World War II taking the lives of 374 officers and 2,131 men. While these submarines were lost in battle, they are still on the US Navys patrol rolls.
~ Veteran Memorials Located in Bexar County ~
Korean War Memorial, 300 E. Martin St., San Antonio, Texas 78205
Vietnam War Memorial, 300 E. Martin St., San Antonio, Texas 78205
Veteran Benefit Programs
- Service Connected Disability Compensation
- Non-Service Connected Pension
- Dependency Indemnity Compensation
- Death Pension
- Burial Benefits
Safeguard Your DD-214
Virtually all Veterans Benefits are derived through the Veterans Discharge Certificate (DD-214) and this document should be safeguarded. One way to do this is to record it with the County Clerk of your resident county. There is no charge for recording military discharges in Texas. When you file the document you will be given a certified copy by the Clerk's Office for immediate use. You may contact the certifying County Clerk's office to get additional copies.
A lost or unregistered DD-214 can be requested from the National Personnel Records Center. Contact the VSO for additional information concerning this process or visit The National Archives.
Service Connected Disability Compensation
This is the primary source of entitlements for those veterans who suffer a chronic disability resulting directly or indirectly from an injury or illness that originated while on Active Duty.
Non-Service Connected (NSC) Pension
The NSC Pension is a "needs based" program aimed at providing assistance to low income veterans who are permanently and totally disabled and who served during a wartime period recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs.Veterans who are eligible for the NSC Pension and who require nursing care may be eligible to receive aid and attendance benefits at a higher rate.
Dependency Indemnity Compensation
This is a survivor benefit for the dependents of a veteran whose death was the result of a service-connected disability or who had been 100% disabled due to a service connected condition for 10 years or more at the time of death.
The death pension is a "needs based" program designed to provide assistance to the survivors of veterans who served during a wartime period. The survivor does not need to be totally disabled. The survivor must have income from all sources below the Maximum Allowable Pension Rate and have a "limited" estate. The veteran must have received an other than dishonorable discharge and have served at least 90 days active military service with at least one day served during a wartime period.
Individuals eligible for burial in a National Cemetery are listed below. There is no charge for a plot, opening/closing of the grave or the marker. Arrangements cannot be made in advance for burial in a National Cemetery. At the time of need, the funeral director should contact the National Cemetery Directors Office to arrange for services. The funeral director may also arrange for an appropriate Honor Guard. Bexar County is home to the Fort Sam National Cemetery located at 1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd., San Antonio, Texas 78209-6002; (210) 820-3891. Burials are only conducted Monday thru Friday.
- Any member of the US Armed Forces who died on active duty.
- Any veteran who entered active duty as an enlisted person before September 7, 1980, or as an officer before October 17, 1981, with at least one day of active duty, other than for training. Discharge/separation must have been under conditions other than dishonorable.
- Any veteran who entered active duty as an enlisted person after September 7, 1980, or an as officer after October 17, 1981, with 24 consecutive months of active duty other than for training. Discharge/separation must have been under conditions other than dishonorable.
- Members of the reserve components of the armed forces, the Army and Air National Guard, and the Reserve Officers Training Corps who die while on active duty for training, or who have 20 years of service creditable for retired pay. A 20 year letter is required.
- The spouse, widow/widower of an eligible active duty member or veteran.
- The minor children of an eligible active duty member or veteran (under 21 years of age or under 23 years of age if attending an approved educational institution).
Homeless Veterans Burial Program
In early 2003 the Bexar County Homeless Veterans Burial Program Committee (HVBPC) was formed in partnership with the Bexar County Direct Client Services Office, the Bexar County Veterans Service Office, the Dignity Memorial Funeral Chapels, the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, the Cole High School Jr. ROTC, and several local veterans service organizations in order to develop a burial program for veterans who are homeless or who otherwise have no next of kin to provide funeral services for them. Since May 2003, the HVBPC has provided funeral services for more than 125 veterans. The program ensures that each veteran receives a dignified burial at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with all appropriate military honors. Anyone interested in serving on the HVBPC may contact the VSO.
Fort Sam National Cemetery
There is a national cemetery in San Antonio, Texas. The cemetery is located at 1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd., San Antonio, Texas 78209-6002. The phone number is (210) 820-3891. Burials are conducted Monday thru Friday, and not on weekends.
VA Guaranteed Home Loans
The VA offers home loan guarantees for eligible veterans that may result in lower interest rates and loan origination and closing costs. A veteran is required to submit a "Certificate of Eligibility" issued by the VA to the lending institution to verify eligibility for the loan guarantee. Applications for Certificates of Eligibility may be picked up at our office or obtained from the local VA Benefits Office at 5788 Eckhert Rd, San Antonio, TX 78240. You may also contact the VA at 1-888-232-2571 or visit the US Department of Veterans Affairs Home Loan Program website for more information.
Texas Veterans Benefits
The State of Texas also provides benefits to veterans including tax exemptions for service connected disabled veterans, reduced motor vehicle license rates, reduced entry fees to state parks/recreational facilities and educational assistance for state institutions. Texas veterans can get more information at the Texas Veterans Commission website. Information concerning land, purchases, home improvement and home purchase assistance is available at the website of the Texas Veterans Land Board or call 1-800-252-8387.
Many organizations are located within Bexar County that provide camaraderie and service to veterans and their families. These include the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, AMVETS, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and the Disabled American Veterans. You may find additional information including eligibility requirements as well as post locations through links provided by the Texas Veterans Commission. Most local organizations are also listed under Veterans & Military Organizations in the phone book.
Bexar County Veterans Advisory Committee
The Veterans Advisory Committee serves as a link between veterans of Bexar County and Bexar County government. It provides assistance to the VSO to ensure that the office is meeting the needs of veterans. The Committee provides advice on program monitoring, education and assisting veterans and promoting veterans initiatives in the community.
The Veterans Advisory Committee welcomes candidates who have served on active duty and are a Bexar County resident. Interested individuals should apply through application to the Bexar County Courthouse, Commissioners Court, Attn: Appointments, 100 Dolorosa, Room 1.20, San Antonio, TX 78205. Applications may be obtained at the Commissioners Court Suite in the Bexar County Courthouse or by visiting the Bexar County Boards and Commissions site.
Current Committee Members:
- County Judge: Rogelio Rodriguez
- Precinct 1: Sylvia Sanchez
- Precinct 2: Jesse Alcala
- Precinct 3: Bruce Bennett, Committee Chair
- Precinct 4: Leo V. Silva
To determine the County Commissioner Precinct where you live, please go to the following link:http://www.sanantonio.gov/planning/pdf/GIS/map_download/1012GG52.pdf
Bexar County Veterans Treatment Court
With the passage of SB 1940, Bexar County staff, Veterans groups, representatives from the Veterans Administration and other interested persons designed and implemented the Bexar County Veterans Treatment Court in September 2010. The Veterans Court docket is called in County Court at Law #6, Judge Wayne Christian presiding.
The Court promotes sobriety, recovery and stability through a coordinated response that involves the cooperation and collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health care networks, the Veterans mentors, Veterans family support organizations, the Center for Health Care Services and the Bexar County Veterans Service Office.
For more information on Veterans Treatment Court, please go to the following link: http://www.bexar.org/VTC/