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The Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton American Pride program now offers expert assistance for those seeking information about Veteran’s benefits.
Jesse Johnson, A Veteran Service Officer with the Montgomery County Veteran’s Service Commission, is available at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton from 8:40 am to 4:30 pm Wednesdays, weekly, to answer questions and advise on Veteran’s benefits questions. The Air Force Veteran is available to support patients, family members and staff members. He is also helping hospice social workers with their questions, enabling them to better serve patients and families. Johnson admits the benefits and processes are not always easy to navigate.
“Every county in Ohio has a Veteran Service Officer who can help people access all the benefits for which they are eligible,” he explains. “We are trained to keep up with all the changes and our assistance is available at no cost.” The most common questions he receives have to do with spousal benefits, burial allowance and aid and attendance benefits – compensation in addition to VA pension payments. He points out that every Veteran who served for 90 days or more during wartime – regardless of where they served – may be eligible for a pension.
Johnson has served in his Veteran Service Officer role since 2006, and says that changes are frequent and can be confusing. For our American Pride Veterans, his services are an extra measure of protection to assure they receive all the support they deserve.
In addition to his Wednesdays at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, Johnson is also available at the Montgomery County Veteran Service Commission offices Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 to 4:30 pm.