VA offers assistance

Rachael Keating/Clinton HeraldClinton County Director of Veterans Affairs Edward Staszewski works in his office at the Clinton County Administration Building on Thursday. Staszewski is a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran and has worked with Veterans Affairs since 1998.

CLINTON — The Clinton County Veterans Affairs Office provides many services to veterans in Clinton County.

The office, located at 1900 N. Third St., offers various services, such as helping veterans in determining if they are eligible for life insurance benefits, health insurance benefits and educational benefits. This includes the GI bill, which provides assistance to veterans pursuing an education or training.

“It is important to be able to offer services to the veterans because they did their duty and sacrificed three to four years of the prime of their life for the country,” Clinton County Veterans Affairs Director Ed Staszewski said. “They put in the time with the military and we need to make sure we are helping them in getting benefits owed to them.”

Staszewski stated the office assists veterans with their benefits based on their type of discharge from service. Staszewski said certain veterans receive a general discharge, which is close to an honorable discharge but limits the benefits they can receive. He added there are certain circumstances where the type of discharge is re-evaluated, such as if a veteran was showing signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, which may have affected the type of discharge a veteran received.

The Veterans Affairs Office offers services for veteran military records as well. The office assists veterans with replacing military records, review of discharges and correction of military records. The forms may be found at the Veterans Affairs regional offices or on the Veterans Affairs website at www.va.gov/forms.

Staszewski, who has served in the Veterans Affairs Office since 1998, encouraged any veteran with questions about possible benefits or services to contact the office so they can help assist the veteran with a specific issue.

The Clinton location is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Veterans Affairs Office additionally has a DeWitt satellite location at 226 11th St., DeWitt. The DeWitt office is open from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday.

A representative of the Veterans Affairs Office at the Clinton location can be reached 242-1151. A representative of the DeWitt Veterans Affairs Office can be reached at (563) 212-9302. Additional information can be found at http://www.clintoncounty-ia.gov/Page/Veterans_Affairs.

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