Otsego County Building
|Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8a.m. – 12 p.m.
1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
|Phone: (989) 731-7575
Fax: (989) 731-7599
E-mail: Veterans’ Counselor
|Staff: Marlene Hopp, Veterans Counselor
Cynthia Polena, Clerk
The Otsego County Veteran Affairs provides Veterans’ services to Veterans and their families with veterans benefits advocacy and assistance. Staff that is dedicated to ensure that the sacrifices of our nation’s Veterans are recognized, and that they and their families receive all veterans benefits to which they are entitled. Our goals are to obtain the maximum Veterans’ benefits available for our clients through our professionalism and advocacy while making the process as simple and understandable as possible. As a division of Otsego County government we are able to provide our services free of charge.
The County Administrator appoints the Veterans Counselor. The Probate Judge in conjunction with the Board of Commissioners appoints Veteran members from the local community to review Veterans to determine if eligible. Currently there are two members.
Relationship to the County Board
The County Board provides a vital Veteran resource to the community by granting a governing Veteran Board. The County Board participates in the selection of the professional Veterans board, furnishes office space and utilities, and approves general funds.
Support for the Veteran Affairs is granted from the County general fund. The Veterans’ Relief Fund Act 214 of 1899 provides Soldiers and Sailors Relief Funds