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VETERANS PRESS: North Idaho Resource Directory

| February 27, 2024 1:00 AM

Here is a list of the veteran service offices in North Idaho:

• Idaho Division of Veterans Services; Office of Veterans Advocacy (no state residency requirements for assistance): 1182 S. Clearwater Loop, Post Falls, ID; 208-415-3480

• Benewah County does not have a county veteran service officer, please call the Idaho Division of Veterans Services for assistance.

• Bonner County Veteran Services: 1500 Highway 2, Ste. 122, Sandpoint, ID; 208-255-5291

• Boundary County Veterans Service Office: P.O. Box 419, Bonners Ferry, ID; 208-255-8882

• Kootenai County Veterans Services (Kootenai County veterans preferred): 120 E. Railroad Ave., Post Falls, ID; 208-446-1090

• Shoshone County Department of Veterans Service: 700 Bank St., Ste. 120, Wallace, ID; 208-752-1264

To apply for disability and other compensation benefits through the VA, please contact an accredited veteran service officer. Idaho State Service Officers are nationally accredited, and their services are free. County Veteran Service Officers in Idaho partner with the State Service Officers to ensure claims for veterans or their families are submitted to the VA; their services are also free.

State Service Officers and County Veteran Service Officers in Idaho can assist with or provide the resources to eligible and qualifying veterans and their families for the following benefits and services:

• disability compensation claims: new claims, appeals, and rating increases

• pension claims for veterans and surviving spouses

• Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) claims for surviving spouses or family members

• burial benefits: burial flag, headstone or marker, and/or burial in a veteran cemetery

• discharge upgrades

• corrections of military records

• requests for military awards and decorations

• military retirement questions

• Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E)

• vocational rehabilitation

• drug and alcohol treatment

• Vet Centers (Readjustment Counseling Centers)

• VA home loans

• VA education and training

• VA Health Care applications and general questions