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The Stark County Veteran Service Commission

Veterans Service Commission

On May 19, 1986, the Soldiers' and Sailors' Relief Commission was renamed the Veterans Service Commission (VSC). Each of the 88 counties in Ohio has a VSC and each consists of a board of five honorably discharged veterans who are appointed by the judges of the Court of Common Pleas. Their main objective is to administer programs for their veterans within the county. In Stark County, the Commission meets on the third Wednesday of each month. Each Board member holds their position on the board for five years.

In 1886, the Ohio Legislature passed an act establishing the Soldiers' and Sailors' Relief Commission for the purpose of assisting Honorably Discharged Veterans and their minor children, spouses, and widows who have met with an unexpected hardship resulting from lack of employment, illness, or injury.

Veterans Service Commission

2955 Wise Ave. NW
Canton, Ohio 44708

Phone: (330) 451-7457
*Fax: (330) 451-7469


The Stark County Veterans Service Commission is legislated by the State of Ohio under the Ohio Revised Code. ORC 5901 and funded by Stark County property taxes.


The Stark County Veterans Service Commission employs four Service Officers, three Relief Investigators, five clerical support staff members, and one full-time driver.


Ohio is one of only a few states that provide such comprehensive support and services to its veterans. In each of the 88 counties the Veterans Service Commission is a county agency dedicated to aiding veterans in times of need. In a recent VA census, it was reported that there are approximately 43,000 veterans in Stark County.

There are three services the Veterans Service Commission provides:
  • Financial Assistance to eligible veterans and family members who have demonstrated a need
  • Assistance in dealing with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), The VSC Service Officers represent and assist veterans, spouses, dependent children, surviving widows, and parents of deceased veterans eligible for benefits when they apply to the VA.
  • Transportation to and from the Parma Clinic or Wade Park Medical facilities.