Veterans in the lake area no longer have to drive very far to learn about their benefits or to meet with a Veterans Service Officer. A Veterans Service office opened in Osage Beach on July 1.

Veterans in the lake area no longer have to drive very far to learn about their benefits or to meet with a Veterans Service Officer. A Veterans Service office opened in Osage Beach on July 1.

According to officials from the headquarters in Jefferson City, the new office is centrally located between Camdenton and Eldon and is perfect to cover the entire lake region. Veterans Service does have an office in Lebanon but did not allow for coverage of the whole lake area.

Camden County leads the tri-county area with about 4,800 veterans while Miller County has 2,139 and Morgan county has 2,315.

The office is meant for veterans to walk in and be served on a first come, first serve basis.

"We are basically the liason between the veteran and the VA and we basically help the veterans and their widows with need veterans benefits," officer Gerry Hodge said. "Come on down and ask questions."

All services are free. Veterans are encouraged to stop by Osage Beach City Hall and ask for Veterans Services.

A full map of State Service Officers can be found at

www.mvc.dps.mo.gov/service/serviceofficer.

 

The Missouri Veterans Commission, a state agency, operates seven State Veterans Homes, five State Veterans Cemeteries, and the Veterans Services Program. The Commission is committed to honoring and serving Missouri's Veterans whose dedication and sacrifices have preserved our nation and its freedoms. For more information about the Missouri Veterans Commission programs, call 573-751-3779, online at www.mvc.dps.mo.gov, or facebook.com/MissouriVeteransCommission.