Vietnam Veterans of Greater Toledo Ohio
The official site for V.V.A. Chapter 35

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Veteran Assistance

The Veterans Service Commission was established in 1886 by the Ohio Legislature to assist Veterans and their families in times of need.  There are 88 Commissions located in all of Ohio’s 88 counties. The Lucas County Veterans Service Commission provides emergency financial assistance, referrals, information, and aid in obtaining Veterans Administration and other benefits.

Some of the services provided by the Veterans Service Commission are:

Temporary Emergency Financial Assistance:

Provides Veterans with emergency funds for necessities such as housing or utilities.  Assistance can be given to eligible veterans with proper documents and demonstrated need.  Funds are provided on a short-term basis until permanent solutions can be found.

Transportation can be arranged to area VA hospitals for those with scheduled appointments.


          VA Social Worker
Assistance Available                                            

The Lucas County Veteran Service Commission has the services of a VA Social Worker, state-certified, available to help those veterans in need.  Mike Novitsky has office hours on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, Tuesdays each month.  He can help veterans to get medical assistance and homelessness assistance.  Office no.: 419-213-6090.

In case of an emergency Mr. Novitsky can be contacted directly at 419-205-8811.


 Death Benefits

Our Service Officers can advise widows or dependents on eligibility for benefits such as VA burial benefits, American flags, plot allowances, and pensions.

Veterans Administration Application Assistance

Veterans and their dependents who need help preparing and filing applications for VA benefits can contact the Lucas County Veterans Service Commission Office for assistance.

Our Service Officers can provide information regarding eligibility for disability pensions, housebound or aid and attendance benefits, insurance premium waivers, the Ohio Veterans Home, the Ohio Veterans Children’s Home, and War Orphan Scholarships.


To qualify for benefits, Veterans must have been honorably discharged from active military service performed for other than training purposes.

To qualify for financial assistance, Veterans must have resided in Lucas County for three months prior to application.  There are no residency requirements to obtain assistance in making claims for VA benefits.

Current photo identification, discharge records, proof of income and other assets, copies of current bills, rental agreements, and proof of residency will be required at time of application.

Military records, marriage records, divorce papers, birth or adoption records of dependent children, death certificates, insurance records, or other documents may also be required.  Providing the needed documents and other information at the time of filing can speed the filing process.


Office Hours:

8:30 a.m. till 4:00 p.m.

Monday through Friday



1301 Monroe St.

Suite 180

Toledo, Ohio 43604

(419) 213-6090




Lucas County 
Veteran's Service Director
Lee S. Armstrong





Wood County Veterans Assistance
1616 E. Wooster St., Unit R, Suite 2A-2
Bowling Green, OH 43402

Ottawa County Veterans Assistance
Veterans Memorial Building
8444 W. St. Rt. 163, Suite 102
Oak Harbor, OH 43449
(419) 898-2089
(800) 610-8872 
toll free in Ottawa County

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