Veteran Services, Emergency Manager & General Assistance Administrator

Bernie Hunke
200 S Lincoln Rm 301
West Point, NE 68788
(402)372-6012
Open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
vso@cumingcounty.ne.gov

The Cuming County Veterans Service Office offers the following benefits for those veterans who are eligible:

  • County Veterans Aid
  • A Bronze Grave Flag Holder
  • Registration of DD214s
  • Homestead Exemption
  • Grave Registration
  • Benefits Counseling and Advocacy
  • Assistance with the 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.

Flag Holders
State of Nebraska statute requires the County Veterans Service Office to provide a flag holder reflecting the veterans wartime era. The Cuming County, Veterans Service Office also annually inventories these flag holders to insure they remains on the correct grave and we replace damaged markers.

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 any where 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 who are eligible veterans (or widows) for a tax exemption on their personal residence. These letters are provided to the County Assessor.

Grave Registration
Upon notification of the burial of a veteran in Cuming County we complete a “grave registration card”. We maintain a copy here in Cuming County, and the original is sent to the State of Nebraska, Department of Veteran’
s Affairs in Lincoln. We also order a “Presidential Memorial Certificate” for the family of all deceased Cuming County veterans. Phone us at (402) 372-6012.

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

Military Honor plates have arrived in Cuming County

Beginning January 2, 2016, Military Honor license plates will be 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

There will be six designs available, one for each of the branches listed above. At this time approval has been granted on a limited basis by the armed forces owning the copyright to the official emblem, official seal, or other official image.

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, 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.

Applications and online ordering for Military Honor license plates will be available in December 2015.

Military Honor Message Plates   …………………………………………………… $40.00*

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 ………………………………………………………   $ 5.00*

Plate with the same exclusive   design as on the Military Honor Message plates, but 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.

 

The $40.00 or $5.00 fee is due at the time of initial application and must be renewed annually in the same month as the vehicle registration.

 

 

 

Nebraska Department of Veterans’ Affairs

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Apply for Federal VA Benefits Online
VA Forms Online
Aid and Attendance Pension
Veteran Hunting and Fishing Permits
Nebr. Disabled American Veteran License Plate Application