Department of Health & Human Services

Posted on: November 5, 2014

Veterans Day is every day at Veterans Service Office

Humboldt County will join the nation in celebrating Veterans Day on Tuesday, Nov. 11. It’s an important opportunity to thank local vets for their service to the country.

For the Veterans Service Office (VSO) of the Department of Health & Human Services, commemorating the day is also another chance to remind local vets about the services to which they are entitled. The Eureka office is often the initial contact for veterans seeking services. Working out of the Humboldt County Courthouse, those VSO efforts are year-round and tireless.

Most vets make a seamless transition back into civilian life, but many combat veterans experience alienation, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), up to 20 percent of returning Iraq and Afghanistan war vets will experience PTSD. The VSO is prepared to reach out.

Having served their country, all veterans deserve access to lifelong resources and services. At the VSO, it’s about serving those who’ve served.

“Our goal is to reach out to every veteran and eligible dependent,” says Veterans Service Officer Rená Maveeta. “We enjoy reconnecting with our veterans regularly.” A veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, Maveety has overseen since 2008 a staff devoted to assisting veterans, regardless of age, with federal, state and local programs. Those can include compensation claims, survivors’ benefits, requests for military records, home loans as well as medical and education benefits.

Humboldt County has an estimated 12,000 veterans. Work at the VSO often entails one-on-one benefits counseling with veterans and a typical month can run up to 2,000 contacts via email, phone or in person. While most of the business is done in office, VSO staff travel periodically to Orleans, Orick and Redway. “We are passionate about serving all of our Humboldt County veterans and through our outreach we have been able to assist veterans and dependents that might not contact us otherwise,” says Veterans Service Representative Kristy Gierek.

State and federal laws affecting veterans change frequently and helping local vets negotiate new rules is a big part of the VSO staff’s day job.

Additionally, the VSO is able to help guide vets through local resources and remains in close communication with Humboldt State University’s Veteran Enrollment & Transition Services, College of the Redwoods’ Veterans Resource Center, the Employment Development Department, the Eureka VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic and the Eureka Vets Center. Veterans may not be aware that they qualify for CAL-VET home loans and college tuition waivers. Their dependents may be eligible for tuition waivers, as well.

“We are very dedicated to helping every veteran we,” says VSO Office Assistant Andrea Wrisley
For more information, contact the Humboldt County Veterans Service Office at 825 Fifth St., Room 310, Eureka, or call 445-7611. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are available.

-###-
Follow us on Twitter: @HumCoDHHS

PDF Release
Facebook Twitter Google Plus Email

Other News in Department of Health & Human Services

DHHSConnect0717

DHHS Connect Summer 2017

Posted on: July 11, 2017

Low-cost rabies vaccines available

Posted on: May 10, 2017

New Public Health Director Named

Posted on: May 3, 2017

Redwood Coast Career Fair Tuesday

Posted on: April 26, 2017

Wet weather test period extended

Posted on: April 17, 2017

Career Fair scheduled for May 2

Posted on: April 14, 2017

DHHS Connect Spring 2017

Posted on: April 10, 2017

Cal-Learn helps young parents thrive

Posted on: March 17, 2017

Make preteen vaccines a priority

Posted on: February 14, 2017

Dog tests positive for rabies

Posted on: February 7, 2017

Cervical health promoted

Posted on: January 27, 2017

Kick smoking for good in 2017

Posted on: January 11, 2017

DHHS Connect Winter 2016-2017

Posted on: December 28, 2016

Keep the holidays happy with food safety

Posted on: December 21, 2016

Volunteers needed for Point-in-Time count

Posted on: December 15, 2016

Wet weather test period opens

Posted on: December 12, 2016

World AIDS Day recognized Dec. 1

Posted on: November 29, 2016

Veterans' service recognized year-round

Posted on: November 8, 2016

Housing campaign exceeds goal

Posted on: November 2, 2016

DHHS Connect Oct. 2016

Posted on: October 6, 2016

Housing campaign hits goal early

Posted on: September 15, 2016

Orleans cat tests positive for rabies

Posted on: September 2, 2016

Blue-green algae warning issued

Posted on: July 15, 2016

Redwood Coast Career Fair Friday

Posted on: May 16, 2016

Be a hero to a foster child

Posted on: April 15, 2016

Don’t forget preteen vaccines

Posted on: February 8, 2016

Wet weather test period opens

Posted on: December 21, 2015

FluMist Available Now

Posted on: December 3, 2015

Serve up food safety this holiday season

Posted on: November 23, 2015

Schedule back-to-school vaccines now

Posted on: August 17, 2015

World Breastfeeding Week Fair at WIC

Posted on: August 3, 2015

Blue-green algae warning issued

Posted on: June 17, 2015

Keep water recreation fun and safe

Posted on: June 11, 2015

Low-cost rabies vaccines available

Posted on: May 12, 2015

May is Mental Health Month

Posted on: April 30, 2015

Career Fair May 15

Posted on: April 29, 2015

Gonorrhea rates up in Humboldt County

Posted on: April 17, 2015

West Nile testing starts April 15

Posted on: April 14, 2015

Vaccines for Preteens

Posted on: February 10, 2015

Foster families urgently needed

Posted on: January 30, 2015

Cervical health promoted

Posted on: January 9, 2015

Folic acid needed for pregnancy success

Posted on: January 6, 2015

Wet weather test period opens

Posted on: January 5, 2015

Flu season likely to be severe.

Posted on: December 18, 2014

DHHS offers flu vaccines

Posted on: October 8, 2014

Take precautions against swimmer’s itch

Posted on: September 4, 2014

Blue-green algae warning issued

Posted on: July 18, 2014

Take precautions against ticks

Posted on: June 27, 2014