Veterans Services

The Manatee County Veterans Services Office is an important link in helping Veterans and their dependents obtain the earned benefits they so greatly deserve.

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Announcements & Upcoming Events

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Kiwanis Veterans Appreciation Luncheon
October 15, 2018
The Veterans Appreciation Luncheon is hosted and sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Bradenton, to honor Manatee County Veterans and spouses.Read More
20th Annual Manatee County Stand Down
August 31, 2018
Stand Down focuses on helping homeless and potentially homeless Veterans and their families but also helps non-Veterans and their families receive critical needs services.Read More
Announcing Extended Locations
June 06, 2018
Manatee County Veterans Services has extended services in North Manatee County and Holmes Beach.Read More

About Veterans Services

Here in Manatee County, we appreciate our Veterans for their service and sacrifice and are happy to assist. You will always be treated with respect, courtesy, and compassion while at our office.  Again, thank you for your service and we hope to hear from you in the near future.

Our office is committed to providing you professional assistance and guidance throughout your entire VA claim process. There is absolutely no fee or cost for our services or for the submission of a claim for VA benefits. These have been paid in full by your service.

Who is eligible?

You may use our services if you are one of the following:

  • Veteran
  • Veteran's dependent
  • Surviving spouse or child of a Veteran
  • Reservist or National Guard member
  • Active duty service member

How can the program help?

We offer expert guidance and help in:

  • Understanding the complete claim process
  • Rules and regulations of the VA system
  • What is necessary for an effective VA claim
  • How to appeal a claim that has been denied
  • How to apply for other state and local benefits

Some time limits do apply to health care, vocational rehabilitation and education benefits, so be sure to ask about your eligibility.

We can assist you with:

  • Active Military Combat Duty Grant Program
  • Service Disability and Pension
  • Education Benefits
  • Burial Benefits
  • Health Care
  • Home Loans
  • Life Insurance
  • Property Tax Exemption
  • Survivor Benefits
  • Veterans Preference
  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services

We may be able to help you obtain the following documents:

  • Discharge papers
  • Military personnel and medical records
  • Upgrading military discharges

How do I apply?

Bring these forms, if applicable, to your appointment (PDF).

Please call our office at (941) 749-3030 to make an appointment at the following locations.

Primary location:
Manatee County Administration Building
1112 Manatee Avenue West
Third Floor
Bradenton, FL  34205

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Extended service locations:
Manatee County Veterans Services has extended services in North Manatee County and Holmes Beach.

There will be a Veterans Services Counselor on duty at the following locations and times:

Manatee County Building & Development Services Annex
5030 US Hwy 301 N.
Ellenton, FL 34222

Hours: Tuesdays, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Island Library
5701 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Hours: Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Please note: We are currently testing these new locations. Hours and availability may change.