Financial Assistance

Each applicant for financial assistance under sections 5901.02 through 5901.15 of the Revised Code shall be a veteran, an active-duty member of the armed forces of the United States, or the spouse, surviving spouse, dependent parent, minor child, or ward of a veteran or active-duty member that has been a bona fide resident of the county in which application is being made for at least 90 days.

Our office provides temporary financial assistance in times of need. You can download the application and complete it, gather all necessary documents then call our office or email for an appointment. Financial assistance is for basic necessities rent/mortgage, electric/gas/fuel oil, water, and food. Each application will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

Emergency funds for food, housing, and utilities may be provided to veterans and/or their dependents. Applications for financial assistance are taken by appointment on Tuesday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. For more information contact the Veterans’ Service Office. Be prepared to provide the following:

  • DD214 / Discharge
  • Proof of all household income (everyone who lives in your home)
  • 3 months Bank statements
  • Current ORIGINAL monthly bills and evidence of residency for at least 90 days in Geauga County
  • Marriage certificate / divorce decree
  • Birth certificate / Social Security cards
  • Mortgage / Lease / VCS Rent Statement
  • Proof you have requested assistance from Jobs and Family Services and United Way

VA Benefits

Stop in and speak to one of our accredited Veteran Service Officers who can assist you with applying for the following VA benefits:

  • Service-connected compensation
  • Non-service connected pension (with Aid & Attendance)
  • Survivor’s pension
  • Death or burial benefits and Headstones,
  • Post 9/11 education or Vocational rehabilitation for disabled vets
  • Home loan guarantee certificates
  • Upgrading or correcting DD 214’s
  • Requesting military awards and medals
  • VA health care enrollment

Supportive Services For Veteran Families

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program awards grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives who can provide supportive services to very low-income Veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing.

Grantees provide eligible Veteran families with outreach, case management, and assistance in obtaining VA and other benefits, which may include:

  • Health care services
  • Daily living services
  • Personal financial planning services
  • Transportation services
  • Fiduciary and payee services
  • Legal services
  • Child care services
  • Housing counseling services

Below is a listing of our local offices that provide SSVF services. For a complete list of all SSVF service providers, visit

Transportation To VA Medical

Our office will transport the veteran (and spouse/caregiver with a note from a physician) to and from VA medical appointments at Wade Park VAMC, Willoughby Clinic, Akron Clinic, Parma Clinic, Ravenna Clinic, and Warren Clinic. YOU ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO CLAIM VA MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT IF YOU RIDE WITH COUNTY TRANSPORTATION.

Contact 440-279-1860 to schedule a ride.

Appointments should be made between 9 am – 2 pm Monday-Friday. You must schedule all trips two weeks in advance and be able to ambulate without the assistance of another. For those veterans, visually impaired driving arraignments will be made to be picked up and dropped off at your home. All other veterans are required to be at the pick-up location at 12611 Ravenwood Dr, Chardon (across from UH Geauga) a minimum of 1 hour prior to appointment time (depending on other riders).

Please be courteous to the driver and other riders. Expect delays as other veterans may have appointments the same day and our driver will not return without all riders.

Geauga Veterans Food Pantry

The Veterans Food Pantry was founded in 2009 by Lynn Algeri and volunteers, when her daughter was first deployed to Iraq. It started with a couple of boxes of bread, and 3-4 vets.  With the help and support of VSO, our little pantry continued to grow, adding more veterans, a wider assortment of foods and more volunteers.  Our pantry is a 501(c)3, and we provide for our veterans solely through donations.  We are blessed that Geauga County loves the veterans, and we are now able to call ourselves a supplemental pantry and are open 51 weeks out of the year.

The all-volunteer staff provides a friendly, welcoming place for veterans, their dependents and family.  In addition to providing fresh produce, pastry, assorted meats and dairy, we also offer a social area where Veterans can enjoy coffee, pastry and great conversation can be enjoyed. 

ELIGIBILITY to use the pantry:

  • Geauga County resident
  • Honorably discharged Veteran

You must contact the Geauga Co Veterans Services to verify you are a Geauga resident and how many others live in your household. Once the VSC verifies the above info you will be added to the Pantry list.

  • Pantry Hours: Fridays 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Location: 13211 Aquilla Rd Suite B, Chardon OH 44024
  • Phone:  440-901-4030
  • Email:
  • Director: Lynn Algeri