Veteran's Office


A Guide from the Sampson County Veterans Service Office

The Sampson County Veterans Service Office is dedicated to supporting veterans and their families by ensuring they receive the benefits they deserve. We are here to assist you in understanding your eligibility and navigating the application process for various benefits. Don't hesitate to contact them at 910-592-2862 for personalized support.

Please note: This information is intended as an overview and may not cover all eligibility requirements or specific details of each program. We encourage you to visit the official VA website or contact the Veterans Service Office for the latest information.

Financial Assistance

  • Disability Compensation: Provides monetary compensation for veterans with disabilities incurred during active military service.
  • Dependency and Death Benefits: Supports surviving spouses and families in case of service-connected death.
  • Non-Service-Connected Pensions: Offers financial aid to low-income veterans with qualifying service.
  • Death Pensions: Provides financial support to eligible widows(ers) and children of deceased veterans.


Owning a Home with a VA Loan Guaranty

The VA loan guaranty program is a powerful tool for veterans, service members, reservists, and eligible surviving spouses to achieve homeownership. Here's how it works:

What is a VA Loan Guaranty?

The VA doesn't directly lend money. Instead, it guarantees a portion of a home loan issued by a private lender. This guaranty assures the lender that if the borrower defaults on the loan, the VA will step in and cover a significant part of the remaining balance.

Benefits of a VA Loan:
  • Competitive Interest Rates: The VA guaranty allows lenders to offer attractive interest rates, making homeownership more affordable.
  • Lower Down Payment: In many cases, a VA loan allows you to purchase a home with no down payment required (though lenders may have their own requirements).
  • Multiple Uses: VA loans can be used for various purposes, including buying a home, refinancing an existing mortgage, making renovations, or even building a new home.


To qualify for a VA loan guaranty, you must meet some basic requirements:

  • Minimum Service: You must have served a minimum period of active duty in the military, depending on your service era.
  • Character of Service: Your military discharge must be under "other than dishonorable" conditions.
  • Creditworthiness: You'll need a good credit score and sufficient income to make your mortgage payments.
  • Occupancy: You must intend to occupy the home as your primary residence.

Getting Started:

The Veterans Service Office can assist you with the application process for a VA loan guaranty. They can also help you obtain a Certificate of Eligibility, which verifies your service history and entitlement to the program.

Here are some key things to remember:
  • Down Payment: While a down payment isn't always required, putting some money down can improve your loan terms and reduce your monthly payments.
  • Manufactured Homes: VA loans for manufactured homes typically require a down payment.
  • Graduated Payment Mortgages: These loans with initial lower payments may also require a down payment with a VA guaranty.

By leveraging the VA loan guaranty program, veterans and eligible individuals can achieve the dream of homeownership with favorable terms and lower upfront costs.

Education and Training

Pursue Your Educational Goals with Veterans' Benefits

Veterans have access to a range of educational benefits to help them achieve their academic goals. Here's a quick overview of some key programs offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA):

Montgomery GI Bill

This program provides financial assistance for veterans who served at least two years of active duty (or one year with a service-connected disability).

Post-9/11 GI Bill

This comprehensive program offers educational benefits to veterans who served at least 90 days on active duty after September 11, 2001.

Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

This program helps reservists and National Guard members pay for college or vocational training.

Veterans Education Assistance Program (VEAP)

This program allows veterans to contribute to an education fund that the VA matches. (Note: VEAP is a closed program, meaning new enrollments are not accepted.)

Dependent's Education Assistance Program (DEA) Chapter 35

This program provides educational benefits to eligible dependents of veterans with a 100% permanent and total service-connected disability or a service-connected death.

Get Personalized Support

For detailed information on eligibility requirements, application procedures, and the specific benefits offered by each program, contact the Sampson County Veterans Service Office at 910-592-2862. Their experienced staff can guide you through the process and help you choose the program that best suits your needs.

Take Charge of Your Future

Don't hesitate to leverage these valuable educational benefits. They can open doors to new careers, skills, and exciting opportunities.

Vocational Rehab for Disabled Veterans

Taking Charge of Your Future

The Vocational Rehabilitation program can be a life-changing resource for disabled veterans. It equips them with the tools and skills they need to re-enter the workforce, pursue self-employment ventures, or live more independently.

Program Offerings

Employment Assistance

The program connects veterans with suitable job opportunities and provides guidance on resume writing, interviewing skills, and navigating the job search process.

Self-Employment Assistance

Veterans with entrepreneurial aspirations can receive training and support to establish and manage their own businesses.

Training Programs

The VA offers vocational training programs at rehabilitation facilities, colleges, or other institutions to help veterans acquire new skills and qualifications for in-demand careers.

Independent Living Services

Severely disabled veterans may receive assistance with daily living activities to maximize their independence and improve their quality of life.

Who is Eligible?

  • Veterans with a service-connected disability rated at least 20% by the VA (or who would qualify for this rating if not receiving military retirement pay). Veterans with 10% ratings may also be eligible if they have a significant employment handicap.
  • Veterans discharged under non-dishonorable conditions who require vocational rehabilitation due to a service-connected disability that creates an employment barrier.
  • Veterans currently hospitalized awaiting separation for a service-connected disability and in need of vocational rehabilitation.

Contact the Sampson County Veterans Service Office at 910-592-2862 to learn more and explore your eligibility.

Life Insurance

Protecting Your Loved Ones

The VA offers a variety of life insurance programs to veterans and service members, providing financial security for their families. Here's a breakdown of the four main options:

Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

This affordable group life insurance policy is available to active duty members of the uniformed services. It offers substantial coverage amounts at competitive rates.

Veterans' Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

Veterans separated from active duty after August 1, 1974, and reservists can convert their SGLI coverage to VGLI. This program provides term life insurance (coverage for a set period) with renewable options.

Servicemembers' Disabled Insurance (S-DVI)

This program offers life insurance to veterans with service-connected disabilities. Coverage amounts vary and may be available at no cost depending on the veteran's disability rating.

Veterans' Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

This program functions similarly to mortgage life insurance offered by private lenders. It provides coverage specifically for veterans who receive specially adapted housing grants to ensure their mortgage is paid off in case of death.

Choosing the Right Coverage

The best life insurance option for you depends on your individual needs and circumstances. The Sampson County Veterans Service Office can be reached at 910-592-2862 to provide guidance and help you select the most suitable plan.

Death and Burial

Burial and Memorial Benefits for Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a final resting place and memorialization options for veterans, service members, and their dependents in its National Cemeteries. These burial and memorial benefits ensure a dignified final resting place or a lasting tribute for those who bravely served our country.

Who is Eligible?

  • Veterans who were discharged under honorable conditions, having met the required service length.
  • Retirees who completed 20 years of creditable service with a reserve component.
  • U.S. citizens who served alongside allied forces in wartime may also qualify.

Important Exceptions:

Veterans convicted of a federal or state capital crime are not eligible for burial in a VA National Cemetery.

What's Included?

Burial Plot

Eligible individuals can be buried in a VA National Cemetery with available space.

Headstone or Marker

The VA provides a headstone or marker to identify the gravesite. For those not buried in a VA National Cemetery, a memorial marker can be requested for placement elsewhere.

Grave Opening and Closing

The VA covers the costs associated with opening and closing the gravesite.

Perpetual Care

The VA ensures the cemetery's upkeep and maintenance for all burial plots.

Memorializing Those Not Buried in a VA National Cemetery

For veterans or service members who were not buried in a VA National Cemetery, a memorial headstone or marker can be obtained for placement in another cemetery. The VA provides the marker and shipping costs, but the plot and placement are the responsibility of the family.

Who Can Apply?

Only close relatives recognized as "next of kin" are authorized to apply for a headstone or marker.

Nursing Home Care

Finding the Right Care for Veterans

North Carolina veterans have access to quality nursing home care through both the VA (Veterans Affairs) and state-run facilities. Here's what you need to know:

Who is Eligible?

Priority for VA nursing home care is given to veterans with service-connected disabilities. However, some non-service-connected veterans may also qualify based on income and specific needs.

Income Eligibility Assessment

To determine financial eligibility for VA nursing home care, veterans (or their families) must submit form 10-10F.

Eligibility for Non-Service-Connected Veterans

Veterans without service-connected disabilities, or those with a 0% disability rating, can still be considered for VA nursing home care. However, their eligibility will be determined by an income assessment. The VA may require some out-of-pocket contributions for care.

VA Nursing Homes in North Carolina

North Carolina boasts four state-of-the-art VA nursing homes conveniently located across the state:

  • Fayetteville
  • Kinston
  • Salisbury
  • Black Mountain

These facilities offer skilled nursing care for veterans who are no longer in need of acute hospitalization but require ongoing medical support.

Additional Considerations:

  • Environmental Exposure: Veterans who have documented exposure to herbicides in Vietnam, ionizing radiation, or environmental hazards during the Persian Gulf War may have a different eligibility path based on their specific situations.
  • Mexican Border Veterans: Veterans who served on the Mexican border during World War I may qualify for Medicaid-funded nursing home care.
  • Domiciliary Care: The VA also offers domiciliary care for veterans needing long-term health maintenance but not requiring the full level of services provided in a nursing home. Income is a factor in eligibility for domiciliary care. Financial hardship can be considered for veterans with no other means of support.

Get Help and Information:

The Sampson County Veterans Service Office is here to assist you in navigating the nursing home care options available to veterans. Contact them today at 910-592-2862 to discuss your situation and explore all available resources.


Getting You Where You Need to Go

Veterans in Sampson County can access reliable transportation services through Sampson County Public Transportation. This program helps ensure veterans have a way to reach important appointments, run errands, or participate in community activities.

Who is Eligible?

Contact the Sampson County Veterans Service Office at 910-592-2862 to inquire about eligibility requirements and details on how to access Sampson County Public Transportation services. The Veterans Service Office can provide guidance and assist you with the application process, if necessary.

Benefits of Transportation Assistance:

  • Reduced Stress and Improved Independence: Reliable transportation eliminates the worry of scheduling rides or relying on others for everyday needs.
  • Access to Essential Services: Transportation assistance allows veterans to attend medical appointments, pick up prescriptions, or visit government offices with ease.
  • Increased Socialization Opportunities: Getting around town becomes easier, enabling veterans to connect with friends, family, and participate in social activities.

Explore Your Options

The Sampson County Veterans Service Office is dedicated to supporting veterans. If Sampson County Public Transportation does not align perfectly with your needs, they can explore alternative transportation options in the area to ensure you have the resources you need to maintain an active and independent lifestyle.

Additional Support

  • Local Veterans Organizations: The Veterans Service Office supports local veterans' organizations and the Sampson County Veterans Council, fostering a strong network of community support.
  • Homebound Veterans: The office ensures homebound veterans and veterans in nursing homes continue receiving their benefits.

Scholarships for Veterans' Families

Investing in Your Future

Sampson County is proud to support the families of veterans through various scholarship opportunities. These scholarship programs can provide valuable financial assistance for educational pursuits. Don't hesitate to contact the Sampson County Veteran Service Office for further guidance and support.

1. North Carolina Department of Veterans Affairs (NCDVA) Scholarship

This program offers a four-year scholarship at approved North Carolina schools for the children of qualified veterans. These veterans may be:

  • Deceased
  • Disabled
  • Combat veterans
  • Prisoners of War (POWs) or Missing in Action (MIA)

Eligibility and Application

Check the official NCDVA scholarship website for detailed eligibility requirements and application instructions:

2. Chapter 35 Educational Benefits

This federal program provides educational benefits for dependents and spouses of veterans who are rated as 100% permanently and totally disabled.


For more information on Chapter 35 eligibility and application procedures, reach out to the Sampson County Veteran Service Office at (910) 592-2862.

3. North Carolina Association of County Veteran Service Officers (NCACVSO) Scholarship

Honoring the memory of deceased county veteran service officers in North Carolina, the NCACVSO awards four $1,000 scholarships annually in April/May.


For details and application information regarding the NCACVSO scholarship, contact the Sampson County Veteran Service Office at (910) 592-2862.