Welcome to Ross County Veterans Service Office

Ross County Veterans Service Commission Members

John Barnhart, President

Representing: Disabled American Veterans

Dwight Fowler, Vice President

Representing: AMVETS

Robert Barnhart, Secretary

Representing: American Legion

Ray Schinkle

Representing: Veterans of Foreign Wars

Timothy Velarde

Representing: Vietnam Veterans of America


Scheduled meetings are every second Thursday of the month. Minutes from the meetings are available upon request. **Note time change for upcoming meeting for training exercise.

MEETING: May 9, 2019 @0930

Ross County Veterans Service Office

475 Western Ave, Suite C

Chillicothe, OH 45601 

Ross County Veterans Service Office Staff


Executive Director- Richard Shanks

Veteran Service Officer


Assistant Director- Stacey Boroff

Veteran Service Officer


Office Administration- Johna Pulver

Service Clerk


Office Adminstration- Nicholette Bolte

Veteran Service Officer


Transportation Coordinator- Nicholette Bolte




To assist qualified veterans and their dependents in need of emergency-temporary assistance due to unforeseen circumstance.

Assistance is NOT compensation nor should it be considered permanent.

 Statement of Policy

The Ross County Veteran's Service Commission is designed to help those who have served their country honorably and are now in need of temporary, emergency assistance. Care is exercised in determining eligibility- that those that are entitled are not inadvertently denied. Section 5901.01 thru 5901.15 of the Ohio Revised Code designates entitlement.



Veterans, spouses, widows or dependent children. Those with legal custody of a minor dependent veterans child, may apply on behalf of child.

Residency- Must be a resident of the State of Ohio and resided in Ross County no less than 90 days. Time spent hospitalized or incarcerated does not count toward establishing ones residency.

Active duty- other than time spent training.

Character of discharge- must be present on DD-214 and acceptable under office guidelines.

Picture identification and veterans DD-214 required at time of application.

Income limitations apply.



Transportation to VA scheduled medical appointment, city bus tokens with proof of appointment.

Groceries, hygiene items, diapers, formula and supplement drinks.

Eye exams and glasses.

Fuel oil, Electric (AEP-SCP), Gas(Colombia) and water(City and Co) with shut off notice. 3 times limit applies.

Prescription medicine and small medical supplies.

Children's school clothing (K-12 in July)

Rent, lot rent and mortgage-not exceeding $500/$800. 1 time request per 12 month period. 3 time limit applies.

Funeral/burial expenses, burial plots, headstones, grave flags and standards.


Request Military Documents

The Ross County Veterans' Service Office can assist the veteran or their dependent in obtaining lost documents needed to file for federal, state, or county benefits. These documents may include military personnel records, medical records, medals, awards and decorations. Ross County Veterans Service Commission cannot pay for any fees needed to obtain these documents.

VA Form SF-180



Our office provides home pick up and delivery transportation Monday-Friday (except on scheduled holidays).

A 48 hour notice is required when scheduling your pickup.  Schedules are filled on a first come first serve basis. Applicants are interviewed at time of their call to determine eligibility.


Riders are to notify office as soon as possible with changes or cancellations in their schedule. Requests for accompaniment of a caregiver or loved one must be approved in advance. Riders must be able to enter/exit the vehicle without assistance. Liability prevents our drivers from assisting riders. Drivers are responsible for multiple vets reaching their appointments on time. It is imperative riders be ready when driver arrives. Drivers are not permitted to wait more than seven minutes at any scheduled pickup. If you are not ready after seven minutes, the driver will leave. Drivers are not permitted to return a second time for riders who were not ready.



Jerry Detillian

Tom Abruzzino

Tim Velarde

Bob Leaman

Ken Cottrill

Clifford Ream







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 The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.  

Veterans Crisis LIne

 Assisted Living is a community organization that prioritizes helping those who are disabled and the elderly fully enjoy their healthy years and age gracefully. Our organization creates and publishes comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. 

Assisted Living for the Elderly

Do you know your Veteran status?  Do you have a Veteran ID card?  Should you receive any benefits from VA, like the GI Bill?  Do you know what health care benefits you have earned?   If you do not know the answer to even one of these questions, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has established the Women Veterans Call Center (WVCC) just for you.

The WVCC staff is trained to provide women Veterans, their families, and caregivers about VA services and resources.  We are ready to respond to your concerns.  The call is free, and you can call as often as you like until you have the answers to your questions.  The Call Center is available Monday through Friday 8 AM - 10 PM ET, and on Saturdays from 8 AM - 6:30 PM ET.

Women Veterans

Contact Us

Ross County Veterans Service Office

475 Western Avenue Suite C, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601, United States

Phone: 740-772-1600 Fax: 740-772-1614

Closed 11:30 am-12:30 pm Mon-Fri

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