Veterans Services

Reopening Plan

View Manatee County's plan for phased reopening of public facilities and spaces. Some Manatee County facilities have reopened with limitations. The public is encouraged to continue to conduct transactions with the County online or over the phone whenever possible. Please call 3-1-1 for more information.

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

 

Announcements

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Army Set to Reevaluate Discharge Cases
November 24, 2020
A settlement agreement could result in the upgrading of some less-than-honorably discharged soldiers.Read More
Free Passport Photos in November
November 06, 2020
Veterans and active-duty personnel can receive a free passport photo, along with copies and notary services, during November, courtesy of the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller’s Office. Read More
Support Our Troops & Veterans Week
November 04, 2020
This week recognizes and supports the ongoing service and sacrifice military men and women have made to protect our freedom and democracy.Read More

About Veterans Services

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.

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.

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:

  • Active Military Combat Duty Grant Program
  • Service Disability and Pension
  • Education Benefits
  • Burial Benefits
  • Health Care
  • Home Loans
  • Life Insurance
  • Property Tax Exemption
  • Survivor Benefits
  • Veterans Preference
  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services

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?

Bring these forms, if applicable, to your appointment (PDF).

Please call our office at (941) 745-3795 to make an appointment at the following locations.

Primary Location
1401 3rd Avenue West
Bradenton, FL  34205

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Extended service locations:
Manatee County Veterans Services has extended services in North Manatee County. There is a Veterans Services Counselor on duty at the following times:

Manatee County Building & Development Services Annex
5030 US Hwy 301 N.
Ellenton, FL 34222

Hours: Mondays and Tuesdays, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.