Medina County Veterans Service Office

Following the Civil War, Medina was called to help soldiers and their families who were in need of assistance. Times were hard for soldiers coming back from the war and it was their need that led to the establishment of county buildings in 14 different states. These buildings, mostly in the Northern part of America, came about as a part of the Soldiers and Sailors Act.

Over the course of many wars from the Civil War to today, veterans’ need for aid has always been around. One specific need came from veterans in Medina who came home from the Vietnam War. Some veterans like Alvin L. Dickenson came back from the Vietnam War after coming in contact with Agent Orange. After being exposed to Agent Orange, he had to undergo an expensive biopsy and was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Alvin Dickenson’s experience with cancer was expensive and painful and it took a toll on his family as they struggled to pay their daily bills. Men like Alvin Dickenson could have gotten aid by going to what stands as the Medina County Veterans Service Office today. There, he could have been assisted in filing claims against the Department of Veterans Affairs for his prostate cancer due to exposure and been given assistance in getting healthcare for his illnesses.

In 1941, after World War Two, men like Boone were provided a maximum of five dollars a month from the Soldiers’ Relief Commission. This amount was significantly less than men like Rumph, who was allotted 25 dollars a month. This is because single men like Boone are given less than men who have a wife and children like Rumph. Another reason for a difference in financial aid provided to men after wars like World War Two is the state that the men were in. Men who had come home to find their farms or houses destroyed were in greater need of help and therefore provided with more money.

Another case after World War Two of a family in need involves brothers Jim and Bob Anderson. These two brothers worked 33 different jobs to support their family because their father, a World War One veteran, was crippled by rheumatoid arthritis. It was tough for the two boys two provide enough income to take care of their parents, their sister, and themselves, but by persevering they were able to sustain their family. It is cases like these that justify the need of buildings established for veteran aid purposes. These buildings have been created to help soldiers and their families and are the reason why the Medina County Veterans Service Office stands today.

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One Family that the MCVSO Helped
Director/ Service Officer, Edward Zackery, tells a story about one family that the Medina County Veterans Service Office helped get back on their feet during a time of need.
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Why We Should Honor Our Veterans
Retired U.S. army member, Edward Zackery, shares why he feels we should honor our veterans.
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