We are located at 971 West Duval Street, Suite 180 with the entrance to our office behind and to the north of the Columbia County Supervisor of Elections Office.
The Veterans Service Officer has been trained to assist you and has been accredited by the
Our Belief: The Service Officers Code of Ethics
A MESSAGE TO ALL VETERANS, THEIR DEPENDENTS & SURVIVORSYou may be eligible for basic compensation or increased compensation benefits from the U.S. Veterans Administration if:
Here's a checklist of some of the services provided by the Veteran Service Office. The office will also assist the veteran with applying for those services which he/she is eligible for.
Hunting and Fishing License
A permanent state hunting and fishing license shall be issued, upon request, to any person who is a resident of the state, and who is permanently and totally disabled and currently certified by a licensed physician of this state or the VA, or who holds a valid card issued by the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs. FS372.562(1)(a) Title XXVII CHAP 372
A card will be issued upon request to a veteran who is a permanent resident of the state and who is determined by the VA to have a service-connected 100% disability rating. FS 295.17(1)(a) Title XX, CHAP 295
Exemption of Homestead Taxes
Veterans with a VA certified service-connected disability of 10 percent or greater shall be entitled to a $5,000 property tax exemption. Any partially disabled veteran who is 65 or older, any portion of whose disability was combat-related, and who was honorably discharged, may be eligible for a discount from the amount of ad valorem tax on the homestead commensurate with the percentage of the veteran’s permanent service-connected disability. Eligible veterans should apply for this benefit at the county property appraiser’s office. FS 196.082
Certification of Discharge or Separation
The clerk of the circuit Court shall record without cost to the veteran certificates of discharge or separation from the Armed Forces of the U.S. FS28.222(3)(d) Title V CHAP 28
Motor Vehicle License Plate (DV)
A motor vehicle license plate will be issued for use on any vehicle owned by any disabled veteran who has been a continuous resident of Florida for the last five years upon application accompanied by proof that:
Motor Vehicle License Plate (POW)
A motor vehicle license plate will be issued for use on an automobile for private use, truck weighing not more than 5,000 pounds, or certain recreational vehicles for a resident of the State and an ex-prisoner of war, active member of the Florida National Guard of Armed Forces Reserve upon application accompanied by proof and payment of the license fee for the vehicle. FS 320.089 Title XXIII, CHAP 320
Preference for Veterans in Re-instatementPreference for Veterans in Re-instatement, Employment and Promotion in State Agencies and political Subdivisions
The state and its political subdivisions shall give preference in appointment and retention in positions of employment and except comparable positions in the political subdivisions of the state to: disabled veterans who have served on active duty in any branch of the Armed Forces of the U.S., separated under honorable conditions, and are service connected to a compressible rating under the laws administered by the Veterans Administration or who are receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits administered by the Veterans Administration and the Department of Defense and certain spouses and widows of veterans. FS295.07 Title XX, CHAP 295
Occupational License Taxes
A veteran disabled from performing manual labor shall be exempt from a sum not to exceed $50. This exemption is applicable to both men and women veterans and to the surviving unremarried spouse of either. FS205.171 Title XIV, CHAP 205
Additional Advice and Assistance
Veterans services officers also assist and give advice regarding benefits from, and/or problems with, other county, state and federal agencies.
The offices provide an OUTREACH PROGRAM to visit those veterans/widows who reside in Columbia County and are housebound.
Upon invitation, service officers will address groups to advise members about VA and other benefits for which they might be eligible.
"Florida Salutes Veterans" License Plate
The purpose of the new plate is to pay tribute to Florida veterans and provide funds for constructing, operating, and maintaining domiciliary and nursing homes for veterans in Florida. Questions concerning the issuance of the new license tag should be addressed to the Tax Collectors office. FS 320.08056(4)(d) Title XXIII, CHAP 320