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.