Veterans Service

Cuming County Veterans Service Officer:
Jason Gatzemeyer
200 S Lincoln Rm 301, West Point, NE 68788
Office: 402-372-6012
Cell: 402-380-4174
Fax: 402-372-6012   
jgatzemeyer@cumingcounty.ne.gov


The Cuming County Veterans Service Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm to provide assistance with the following benefits and services for eligible veterans:

  • County Veterans Aid
  • Bronze Grave Marker
  • Registration of DD2144
  • Homestead Exemption
  • Reporting Death of Veteran
  • Counseling and Advocacy
  • Application for State and Federal VA benefits


County Veterans’ Aid Fund
The CVA fund is a temporary emergency fund to assist veterans, their spouses, and dependents when there is an unforeseen emergency and there are no other resources available. Eligible veterans are persons who served on active duty, received an Honorable Discharge, and served during one of the defined “wartime eras” and who have resided in Nebraska for at least one year, and Cuming County for at least six months. Applicants may request assistance with food, shelter, clothing, funeral, medical, dental, and surgical items. The applicant must apply through the County Service Office in Cuming County. This is an “aid” program so the veteran must demonstrate an “inability” to meet the obligation to pay these bills, via an application.

Bronze Grave Marker
State of Nebraska statute requires the County Veterans Service Office to provide a Bronze Grave Marker for each deceased veteran’s grave reflecting the veteran’s wartime era. 

Registration of DD214
Cuming County records a “certified copy” of the original copy of a veterans military separation document (DD-214). Once recorded the veteran may call us from anywhere in the world and we will provide them with a “certified copy” when needed.

Homestead Exemption
Annually, the Cuming County Veterans Service Office obtains a letter from the VA Regional Office that establishes veterans (or widows) who are eligible for a tax exemption on their personal residence.  These letters are provided to the County Assessor.

Reporting Death of Veteran
Upon notification of the death of a veteran in Cuming County, the Veterans Service Officer reports the death via the State of Nebraska’s VA database. Upon the family’s request, The VSO also orders a “Presidential Memorial Certificate” for the family of deceased Cuming County veterans upon request. 

Counseling and Advocacy
Assistance with the application for State and Federal VA benefits is provided.

Military Honor plates
Military Honor license plates are available, in lieu of regular county plates, to persons who have served, or are currently serving, on active duty in the:

  • United States Army
  • United States Air Force
  • United States Coast Guard
  • United States Marine Corps
  • United States National Guard, or
  • United States Navy
  • United States Army Reserve
  • United States Navy Reserve
  • United States Marine Corps Reserve
  • United States Coast Guard Reserve
  • United States Air Force Reserve

To request Military Honor license plates, the applicant must be eligible for, and enrolled in, the Nebraska Veteran’s Registry through the Nebraska Department of Veteran’s Affairs and have served (with an honorable or general under honorable conditions discharge/separation), or be currently serving, on active duty in the specific branch for which a license plate is requested.

There is no limit to the number of motor vehicles or trailers owned or leased by the applicant that may be licensed with a Military Honor license plate. Separate application processes are required for each Military Honor license plate requested.

Military Honor Message Plates
Cost: $40.00 (due at the time of initial application, must be renewed annually in the same month as the vehicle registration)
 
These plates are of exclusive design and, as with regular Message plates, are produced with an available message of your choice of up to five characters. Available to motor vehicles,  motorcycles, trailers, semitrailers and cabin trailers.

Military Honor Numeric Plates
Cost: $ 5.00 (due at the time of initial application, must be renewed annually in the same month as the vehicle registration)

These plates have the same exclusive design as on the Military Honor Message plates, but are assigned an alpha/numeric combination by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Available to motor vehicles,  motorcycles, trailers, semitrailers and cabin trailers. These plates are issued in consecutive numeric order in the order in which the applications are received.  Requests for specific numbers cannot be processed.


Resources
Nebraska Department of Veterans’ Affairs
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Apply for Federal VA Health Benefits Online
Apply for Federal VA Education Benefits Online
VA Forms Online
Aid and Attendance Pension
Hunt and Fish Permits for Veterans, Deployed Military & Disabled Veterans
Nebr. Disabled American Veteran License Plate Application


Veterans Board Meeting Documents
Notice of Board Meeting on Sept 30 2019

Notice of Board Meeting on Oct 28 2019
Oct 28 2019 Agenda
Oct 28 2019 Minutes

Notice of Board Meeting on Nov 25, 2019
Nov 25 2019 Agenda
Nov 25 2019 Minutes 

Notice of Board Meeting on Dec 30, 2019
Dec 30 2019 Agenda
Dec 30 2019 Minutes

Notice of Board Meeting on Jan 27, 2020
Jan 27 2020 Agenda
Jan 27 2020 Minutes

Notice of Board Meeting on Feb 24, 2020
Feb 24 2020 Agenda


Veterans Board Members
Jason Gatzemeyer, (402) 380-4174
Jack Kindschuh, (402) 650-4579
Steve Schwer, (402) 380-1547
Rich Brahmer, (402) 380-0205
Dalbert Storm, (402) 648-7940
Les Feyerherm, (402) 992-7329