Veterans Services

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About Veterans Services

 
Manatee County's trained service officers help Veterans, and their spouses and children, apply for federal, state and local benefits depending on their eligibility. 
We help Veterans communicate with county, state and federal agencies about a variety of issues, ranging from education and home ownership to disability and pension compensation benefits.  
We provide our services at NO CHARGE to Veterans and their families.

Veteran outreach services are also in place to assist those Veterans who are homebound and cannot physically come to the office for services due to their current health condition.
Service Officers conduct numerous speaking engagements to a variety of organizations throughout Manatee County to educate Veterans and their dependents about VA benefits and entitlements.
All information shared between the Veteran and the Service Officers is considered privileged and is held in strict confidence.  
For services provided by the Veterans Services Division, call (941) 749-3030 or email a Veterans Services Specialist: vets@mymanatee.org.

Announcing extended service locations

Manatee County Veterans Services has extended services in North Manatee County and Holmes Beach.


There will be a Veterans Services Counselor on duty at the following locations and times: 
 

Manatee County Building & Development Services Annex

5030 US Hwy 301 N.

Ellenton, FL 34222
Hours: Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 

Island Library

5701 Marina Drive

Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Hours: Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Please note: We are currently testing these new locations. Hours and availability may change.


Anyone interested in seeing the counselors at these locations, in addition to our main office in downtown Bradenton, should contact the office at (941) 749-3030 to determine availability.

 

 

A look into our program

The Manatee County Veterans Service Office is an important link in helping Veterans and their dependents obtain the earned benefits they so greatly deserve.


Our office is committed to providing you professional assistance and guidance throughout your entire VA claim process. There is absolutely no fee or cost for our services or for the submission of a claim for VA benefits. These have been paid in full by your service.

 

Here in Manatee County, we appreciate our Veterans for their service and sacrifice and are happy to assist.  You will always be treated with respect, courtesy, and compassion while at our office.  Again, thank you for your service and we hope to hear from you in the near future.

  

Who is eligible?

You may use our services if you are one of the following:

 

  • Veteran
  • Veteran's dependent
  • Surviving spouse or child of a veteran
  • Reservist or National Guard member
  • Active duty service member

How can the program help?

We offer expert guidance and help in:

 

  • Understanding the complete claim process
  • Rules and regulations of the VA system
  • What is necessary for an effective VA claim
  • How to appeal a claim that has been denied
  • How to apply for other state and local benefits

 

Some time limits do apply to health care, vocational rehabilitation and education benefits, so be sure to ask about your eligibility.

 

We can assist you with:

 

 

We may be able to help you obtain the following documents:

  • Discharge papers
  • Military personnel and medical records
  • Upgrading military discharges

 

How do I apply?

Please call to make an appointment at our office at (941) 749-3030.

You must bring these forms to your appointment (PDF).

 

 

Address: 

Manatee County Administration Building

1112 Manatee Avenue West

Third Floor

Bradenton, FL  34205

 

Hours: 

Monday - Friday

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

 

What if I still have questions?

For specific information about Veteran's benefits, you may call 1-(800) 827-1000 or visit www.va.gov.