Carolyn Benz has taken over as the Veterans Service Officer for Dunn County.
To help kick off her stint as the Dunn County VSO, she will be staging a Veterans Open House June 25 at the High Plains Community Center in Killdeer.
Benz will be joined at the Open House by Jessica Clifton, the Stark County VSO.
“We will be working closely together to assure that you have the best transition possible if you choose to switch to the Dunn County office,” Benz explained.
“I look forward to serving all of the veterans of Dunn County,” she added.
The new veterans service officer will be in the County building in Manning on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Benz said she is taking the position after years of work in nursing and strong ties to the area.
“I was raised on a farm in southwestern North Dakota and my husband continues to farm north of Killdeer,” she explained.
“We will be doing disability compensation claims, healthcare and pension plans. All of these things are only if you qualify,” sha said. “They are all based on qualifying.”
According to Benz, there is a misunderstanding that veterans immediately qualify for benefits. That is not necessarily true.
For a pension, the veteran either has to have a disability related to their service or it can be income-based, she explained.