Veterans’ Services sets regular Buckeye Lake visit
The Licking County Veterans’ Services Commission sends a van to Buckeye Lake Village to park in front of the Buckeye Lake Village Offices the third Wednesday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The van offers all veterans’ services provided at the commission’s office at 935 Buckeye Ave. in Newark.
“It’s veterans serving veterans,” said Janice Wheaton, a Persian Gulf War Navy veteran who mans the van. “Lots of people don’t even know this service exists. This vehicle can do everything we can do in our office.”
According to the commission’s website, it provides transportation to VA Medical Centers and assists veterans in obtaining earned benefits from the federal, state, and local levels of government.
The commission also provides veterans Temporary Financial Assistance including emergency funds for food, housing, and utilities, which may be provided to veterans and active military personnel and their dependants. Qualifying applicants will have established three months of residency in Licking County, and will have a qualifying DD Form 214 or military ID card. The following factors will be considered when determining financial need: proof of income, assets, and current bills. Unemployed veterans are required to actively seek employment or must provide medical evidence of the inability to work.
Wheaton says she still talks to WWII vets on occasion, but most are Vietnam vets. “We’ve been able to help many of them,” she said.