VETERANS SERVICE OFFICE

Cuming County Veterans Service Officer:
Jason Gatzemeyer
200 S Lincoln St,  Rm 54, West Point, NE
OFFICE: (402) 372-6012 | CELL: (402) 380-4174 | FAX: (402) 260-7737
jgatzemeyer@cumingcounty.ne.gov

Assistant Veterans Service Officer:
Lisa Hunke
200 S Lincoln St, Rm 54, West Point, NE
lhunke@cumingcounty.ne.gov

Veterans Service

The Cuming County Veterans Service Office provides assistance with benefits and services to eligible veterans and their families. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30.

Board Members

Jack Kindschuh | (402) 650-4579

Steve Schwer | (402) 380-1547

Rich Brahmer | (402) 380-0205

Dalbert Storm | (402) 648-7940

Les Feyerherm | (402) 992-7329

Board Meetings

The Cuming County Veterans Board meets on the last Monday of each month at 7:30 a.m. in the Veterans Service Office located in Room 34 of the Cuming County Courthouse.

Board Meeting Documents

Sept 27, 2021

Public Notice

Agenda

Minutes

Oct 25, 2021

Public Notice

Agenda

Minutes

Nov 29, 2021

Public Notice

Agenda

The County Veterans Aid Fund is a temporary emergency fund to assist veterans, their spouses, and dependents when there is an unforeseen emergency and there are no other resources available.

Eligible veterans are persons who:

  • served on active duty
  • received an Honorable discharge
  • served during one of the defined “wartime eras”
  • have resided in Nebraska for at least one year and Cuming County for at least six months

Applicants may request assistance with food, shelter, clothing, funeral, medical, dental, and surgical items. This is an “aid” program so the veteran must demonstrate an “inability” to meet the obligation to pay these bills, via an application.

To apply, contact Jason Gatzemeyer.

Homestead Exemption may be available to a veteran (or widow) who:
  1.  is totally disabled by a nonservice-connected illness or accident
  2. receives compensation from the VA because of a 100% disability that was service-connecte

Homestead Exemption applications must be resubmitted every three years in the Assessor’s office.

The county Veterans Service Officer requests an eligibility letter from the VA in the year the exemption is due to expire and provides this letter to the county Assessor’s office.

More information can be found at Nebraska Homestead Exemption | Property Assessment.

Military Honor license plates are available, in lieu of regular county plates, to persons who have served, or are currently serving, on active duty in the:

  • United States Army
  • United States Air Force
  • United States Coast Guard
  • United States Marine Corps
  • United States National Guard, or
  • United States Navy
  • United States Army Reserve
  • United States Navy Reserve
  • United States Marine Corps Reserve
  • United States Coast Guard Reserve
  • United States Air Force Reserve

To request Military Honor license plates, the applicant must be eligible for, and enrolled in, the Nebraska Veteran’s Registry through the Nebraska Department of Veteran’s Affairs and have served (with an honorable or general under honorable conditions discharge/separation), or be currently serving, on active duty in the specific branch for which a license plate is requested.

There is no limit to the number of motor vehicles or trailers owned or leased by the applicant that may be licensed with a Military Honor license plate. Separate application processes are required for each Military Honor license plate requested.

Military Honor Message Plates
Cost: $40.00 (due at the time of initial application, must be renewed annually in the same month as the vehicle registration)

These plates are of exclusive design and, as with regular Message plates, are produced with an available message of your choice of up to five characters. Available to motor vehicles,  motorcycles, trailers, semitrailers and cabin trailers.

Military Honor Numeric Plates
Cost: $ 5.00 (due at the time of initial application, must be renewed annually in the same month as the vehicle registration)

These plates have the same exclusive design as on the Military Honor Message plates, but are assigned an alpha/numeric combination by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Available to motor vehicles,  motorcycles, trailers, semitrailers and cabin trailers. These plates are issued in consecutive numeric order in the order in which the applications are received.  Requests for specific numbers cannot be processed.

For more information visit Military Honor Plates | Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles

Military Discharges

Military personnel are encouraged to file their discharge papers with the Veterans Service Office for safekeeping and proof of service needed for VA benefits.

Obtaining Copies

Copies of Military discharge records cannot be provided to anyone other than the veteran themselves. Be prepared to provide full name at time of enlistment and to show some identification when making the request. If the veteran is deceased or unable to make the request, please contact the Veterans Service Officer.

It is the responsibility of the veteran’s family or personal representative to report the death of a veteran to the county service office. Death notifications are forwarded by the county VSO to the VA.

Upon the family’s request, the VSO orders a “Presidential Memorial Certificate” for the family.

State of Nebraska statute requires the county VSO to provide a bronze grave marker reflecting the veteran’s wartime era for each deceased veteran’s grave.

The VSO also assists the family with filing for death benefits if applicable and ordering headstones/plaques for graves.