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Veterans Office of Smith County

                                           VETERANS ASSISTING VETERANS
Smith County Veterans Service Office is not part of the Department of Veterans Affairs.  The staff is certified and/or Accredited by Texas Veterans Commission with cooperation from the Regional Veterans Affairs Office.  The staff consists of veterans who served this country with HONOR.   The staff engages in multiple trainings conducted by Texas Veterans Commission, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and other recognized organizations throughout the year.  We are advocates established by the authority of Chapter 434 of the Texas Government Code.  We are paid for from taxpayer funds by the County of Smith, not the federal government.  There is NO FEE for services provided by this office.  Generally, no individual or organization may charge a fee for help with filing an initial application for benefits.  The exception to this rule is under the third-party exemption of 38 CFR § 14.636 (d). 

 By the authority of Chapter 434 of the Texas Government Code, the Smith County Commissioners' Court established the Veterans Services Department as an office of advocacy to assist veterans and/or their survivors in obtaining entitled benefits from the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the State of Texas.  The Veterans Services Department cooperates with local government agencies as well as non-government service agencies to assist clients in obtaining needed specialized services.

Important Links
Dept of Veterans Affairs
VA Forms
210 E. Ferguson
Tyler, Texas 75702

Hours of Operation:
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
M - F

Phone - (903) 590-2950
Fax - (903) 526-5255

 
Staff  
Marshal V. Joslin, MAJ., USAF, Retired, Veterans Service Officer

Adam Cantrell, Assistant Veterans Service Officer

Michael Roark, Assistant Veteran Service Officer

 
Mission Statement:
(Quoted from Chapter 434, Subchapter B, Section 434.035, Texas Government Code)
“An officer [county veterans service officer and staff] shall aid any county resident who served in the armed forces or nurses corps of the United States, and any orphan or dependent of the person, to prepare, submit, and present any claim against the United States or a state for benefits to which the person may be entitled under United States or state law. The officer shall defeat all unjust claims that come to the officer’s attention.”.
 
Purpose and Duties:
The purpose of the Smith County’s Veterans Services Department is to assist veterans and their survivors deal with the often confusing and overwhelming task of completing the correct forms/ applications and collecting the appropriate documentation to support a claim for benefits. Staff of this Department interviews and advises clients on entitlements, helps in filing service connected disability claims, answers and researches inquiries regarding medical, educational, home loans and other benefits, assists clients in completing federal and state forms and in filing appeals with the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This county office also serves as a liaison with veterans' organizations and ensures compliance with all federal and state laws.
 
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