Responsibilities and Qualifications:
Advise and assist veterans, their dependents and/or survivors in obtaining financial, health (both physical and mental), educational benefits and emergency relief utilizing a variety of state, local, and federal resources. Advisement and assistance spans from initial application until final adjudication, including any appeals processes. Disseminate information regarding veteran’s benefits throughout Kalamazoo County and provide support to the Veterans Service Coordinator.
Counsel veterans/dependents and file disability compensation, pension claims and appeals for the veterans/dependents of Kalamazoo County, in addition to other VA programs. Serve as the Authorized Agent for the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund. Counsel and refer veterans to various agencies to provide additional assistance.
Initiate emergency payments from the county’s emergency relief fund. Apply for veteran’s health care benefits for services at the Battle Creek VAMC and other nearby medical facilities. Speak at various events in order to make the public aware of services offered through the Kalamazoo County Veterans Service Office. Maintain records in accordance with General Schedule #21 - County Veterans Affairs. Maintain individual accreditation with the Office of General Counsel for the Department of Veterans Affairs as required to submit claims on a veteran’s behalf.
Veterans who are honorably discharged will be provided preference under law (MCL 35.401) and/or due to the duties of the position. Bachelor's degree in socialwork, humanities or related field or 4 years’ experience in veteran's services or related area. Knowledge of principals, practices, and procedures related to federal, state and local veterans benefits, laws and regulations strongly preferred. Skilled in use of Microsoft Office products and other office equipment required. Accreditation through a congressionally chartered service organization with the Department of Veterans Affairs required within 12 months of hire. Ability to explain and apply complex laws governing veterans benefits, prepare clear, concise and effective written materials, and establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Location/Region: Kalamazoo, MI (49007)