P.O. Box 848 - Raeford, North Carolina - 875-2147
Thomas Squier, Veterans Service Officer

The Hoke County Veteran's Service Office (VSO) is an agency of the Hoke County Government which is accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs (NCDVA) and various veteran's organizations to act as the representative of veterans, dependents and widows in presenting claims to the VA, other federal, state, and county agencies. These claims include disputes of decisions handed down by the VA as well as original claims for disability and compensation, application for medical and educational benefits, applications for scholarships for dependents, burial benefits claims for surviving spouses, and home loan mortgage guarantees. Other actions are to help restore or upgrade military discharges, obtain lost records or documents, obtaining medical treatment and in some cases providing legal counsel in certain matters. On a limited basis the VSO helps veterans find or apply for employment. The VSO reads and/or writes letters for those with limited skills. Assistance is provided in enrolling in appropriate mental health and substance programs.

The Hoke County VSO assists agencies such as Department of Social Services, funeral homes, medical/health and other agencies in obtaining benefits for veterans, dependents, and widows. The VSO educates veterans on changes in benefits, laws and regulations through a newspaper column (Veteran's Notes) as well as attendance at meetings of the local veteran's organizations. The VSO participates in patriotic holidays such as Veteran's Day and Memorial Day and local activities. The VSO has a small food bank for needy veterans or widows and makes arrangements to obtain shelter or other assistance for homeless veterans or those who have suffered fires or other disasters. The VSO also participates in some activities at the High School including ROTC, scholarships and oratorical contests and career information.

The Hoke County VSO assists veterans, dependents and widows in the Veterans Services Offices as well as in correctional facilities, hospitals, and through home visits for homebound clients.