Veterans Service Office

Citrus County Veteran Services has announced has announced there will NOT be a Veterans Service Officer available for appointment or walk-in clients on Friday, May 6 from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM at their office located at 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court in Lecanto. To schedule an appointment with the Veterans Service Officer, please call 352-527-5915.

The Veterans Service Office provides guidance and assistance to veterans and their families so that they are able to navigate the difficult VA systems, DOD retirement systems, and Florida State Benefits Programs in order to obtain pension, compensation, burial, educational, medical, insurance benefits, tax exemptions, park passes, & retirement benefits provided by the Department of  VA Affairs, The State of Florida, and the Department of Defense. The Department of Veteran Affairs includes the Veterans Benefits Administration, VA Healthcare Administration, and VA Cemetery Administration. The Veterans Service Office cooperates with local charitable organizations and businesses to ensure that the veteran and their families are receiving as much assistance as possible from the community.

Citrus County Veterans Service

"Operation Welcome Home"

Purple Heart membersAbove picture: Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart joined Citrus County officials for the unveiling of a roadway sign displaying the county's Purple Heart County designation.

Left front row: Rick Allen, Sgt-at-Arms; Bud Allen, Commander ; Kimberly Stibbs-Menster, Citrus County Veterans Service Officer; Ron Kitchen, Board of County Commissioners Chairman; Amy Engelman, Director, Citrus County Community Services; Richard Hunt, Sr. Vice Commander. Left middle row: Patriots Curt Ebitz, Harold Layman and Mike Schlaudraff.

Left back row: Patriots Zig Laska, Richard Elliott, William Korber, Mark Riden, Chuck Kanehl and Ray Michael.

County Celebrates Purple Heart Designation

County Commissioner Ronald E. Kitchen gathered with members of the Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart on Monday to celebrate the Purple Heart designation given to Citrus County. Road signs have been permanently displayed at all entrances to the County recognizing this special honor.

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on August 25, 2015, recognizing Citrus County as a Purple Heart County. The Purple Heart is a combat award exclusively for those members of the Armed Forces of the United States who are killed, died of wounds or wounded by an enemy instrument of war.

The Purple Heart flag is flown with pride at the Lecanto Government Building and at the Citrus County Courthouse.

Scheduling of the DAV vans to the Gainesville VA Medical Center and The Villages VA clinic is administered through the Lecanto Veterans Clinic. The number to call is 352-746-8005. The pick-up times and locations will remain the same. Citrus County Transit will still continue to provide transportation on the first Wednesday and the third Thursday of the month. If you would like to contact Citrus County Transit., call 352-746-7630.

The Veterans Service Office provides assistance to the veterans of Citrus County and their families. Some of the services we assist with are:
  • Adaptive equipment
  • Burial benefits
  • Certificate of Eligibility (VA Home Loans)
  • Compensation
  • Death benefits
  • Medals and awards
  • Military retiree SBP
  • Pensions
  • Retrieve medical records
  • VA Healthcare


Lecanto Veteran's Clinic

Veterans Clinic

This is the Veteran's Clinic located at the Citrus County Resource Center.

If the veteran is home bound, the Veterans Service Officers are able to make home visits to complete documents for submission to Veteran's Administration.

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