The Sarpy County Veterans Service Office provides confidential counseling and assistance to Veterans, widows/widowers, and their dependents residing in Sarpy County concerning federal, state and local Veterans benefits and programs. We provide assistance with obtaining required documents and completion of and submission of applications for:
- County Veterans Aid
- Bronze Flag Holder
- Homestead Exemption
- Military Personnel Records & Service Medical Records
- Veterans Preference
- Home Visits
- Medals Requests
Filing DD 214s
Assist veterans with filing their DD 214s at the Sarpy County Clerk's Office. The original Member Copy, page 4, which has the characterization of service on it or a certified copy may be placed on file. The original document is returned with a stamp listing the book and page where it is filed. The record is kept in a vault area with limited, controlled employee-only access. DD 214s and/or discharge documents are not a matter of public record. The only items input into a computer database is name, book and page numbers where it is filed and date filed.
Online requests for DD214s can be made through the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration website. Requests may take up to 90 days or longer.
County Veterans Aid Fund (CVA)
Applications taken for unforeseen emergency expenditures to include utilities, food, and shelter only. Eligibility requirements include all of the following:
- Character of military service must be Honorable or General (Under Honorable Conditions)
- Active duty service during one of the Wartime periods listed in Nebraska Revised Statute 80-401.01
- Residency in Nebraska for the past two years
- Proof of residency in Sarpy County for six months immediately prior to submitting an application for CVA
- Provide evidence all other options for aid or resources have been exhausted
Bronze Flag Holder
For veterans interned in a Sarpy County cemetery, we may issue a bronze war-period specific flag holder to next of kin to be placed at the deceased Veteran's grave site. Required documents include all of the following:
- Evidence of military service such as a DD 214 or statement of service that includes branch, dates and character of service
- Death certificate that includes date and place of burial or cremation
- Name of cemetery and location of grave site
- Completion of a Bronze Flag Holder Application (PDF)
Homestead Exemption Applications & Certification Letters
The Nebraska homestead exemption program is a real estate property tax relief program for five categories of homeowners:
- Qualified owner-occupants age 65 and over
- Veterans disabled by a non-service-connected accident or illness
- Disabled individuals
- Veterans drawing 100% service-connected disability from the Department of Veterans Affairs or the un-remarried widow(er)
- Paraplegic veteran or multiple amputee whose home value was substantially contributed too by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
There are both income limitations and home valuation limitations for all categories, except for a disabled veteran or widow(er) whose home has been substantially contributed to by the Department of Veterans Affairs (listed item number 5). If a VA certification letter is required, the Sarpy County Veterans Service Office will assist you with your request as well as assistance in completing the application.
Access the Nebraska Homestead Exemption Forms page to download your forms.
Military Personnel Records & Service Medical Records Requests
Veterans' personnel files are stored at the National Archives and Records Administration located in St. Louis, MO. Visit the Request Military Records page of the National Archives website for information on how to request these records online.
We can assist you by submitting an electronic request and faxing your signature verification page. Allow 60 to 90 days for a response from the National Personnel Records Center before contacting the Records Center with a second request.
Submit by Mail or Fax
You may request your records by mail or fax to the National Personnel Records Center. Complete and submit your signed/dated Form SF 180 (PDF) to:
National Personnel Records Center
Military Personnel Records
1 Archives Drive
St. Louis, MO 63138
Fax : 314-801-9195
Veterans Preference Letter, Veterans 10-Point Preference Form Requests
Veterans in receipt of VA disability compensation can request a preference letter by calling 800-827-1000 or logging onto your VA eBenefits Account.
Standard Form 15 (SF15) (PDF) is the Veterans 10-Point Preference Form and a copy of your DD 214 will give you five points. A Veterans Preference Letter showing you are a disabled Veteran will give you another five points, for a total of ten points.
Sarpy County Veterans Service Office staff may visit care facilities and housebound veterans when requested if the veteran's health prevents visiting our office or transportation is not available. During these visits, we provide counseling and assistance in completing benefit applications.
Requests for issuance or replacement of military award medals. The following information is necessary when completing a request:
- A copy of the discharge or separation document (DD 214), if available
- Branch of service
- Exact or approximate dates of military service
- Full name of the veteran during service
- Service Number and/or Social Security Number
Discover how these requests are completed by visiting the National Personnel Records Center website.
Referrals are made to social service agencies and other veteran-specific services.
Nebraska Workforce Development
To file for state unemployment benefits, or discuss job opportunities, visit the Nebraska Department of Labor website to find out how to apply through the Nebraska Workforce Development.
Veterans Representative for employment information:
Nebraska Department of Labor
American Job Center, Omaha Heartland Workforce Solutions
5752 Ames Avenue
Omaha NE, 68104
Email Omaha Heartland Workforce Solutions