Veterans Services Officer is available Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm by phone. If you have questions, please call  828-894-0003.

Gina Cashion
Veteran Services Officer
75 Carmel Lane
Columbus, NC  28722
(828) 894-0003                                                    


In 1945 the North Carolina General Assembly, recognizing a need to assist veterans, created the North Carolina Veterans Commission by unanimous vote. The 1967 General Assembly changed the name of the agency to the North Carolina Department of Veterans Affairs. In 1973, the agency became part of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and was re-designated the North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs.


The North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs (NCDVA) provides a system to assist veterans and their families in the presentation and processing of claims as they may be entitled to under Federal, State or local laws. This statewide network of offices is maintained and staffed by persons who are trained and experienced in advising and actively assisting citizens concerning various veterans’ benefits.


Polk County is proud to provide that assistance to veterans who have honorably served their country through our NCDVA certified County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO). The CVSO, while employed by the County Commissioners, is trained by and works under the supervision of a NCDVA District Service Officer (DSO).


The CVSO provides on-site counseling and assistance to local veterans and their dependents of their rights and entitlements under various laws. They assist the veterans and their families in the preparation of claims, obtaining supporting documents and affidavits, and forwarding  the paperwork  to a NCDVA DSO for quality review and submission to the appropriate Government entity. This system ensures that veterans and their dependent families are getting accurate information and quality assistance with claims through State trained and certified Officers.


If you have questions concerning eligibility for benefits, desire to submit a claim, or require assistance with any other aspect involving veterans benefits, contact the Polk County CVSO listed below

About GI Bill benefits

GI Bill benefits help you pay for college, graduate school, and training programs. Since 1944, the GI Bill has helped qualifying Veterans and their family members get money to cover all or some of the costs for school or training. Learn more about GI Bill benefits on this page—and how to apply for them.
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Contact Information

Polk County Veteran Services Officer

Gina Cashion

75 Carmel Lane
Columbus, NC 28722

Tel/Fax  828-894-0003

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 0800-1630 hrs