Nevada County Veterans’ Service Office helps those who served |

Nevada County Veterans’ Service Office helps those who served

​The Nevada County Department of Social Service’s VSO educates, assists and advocates for veterans who are applying for or receiving benefits earned through their military service. Two of the many benefits available for those who have served our country are disability compensation and pension. If a veteran suffers an injury, condition, or illness that started or was exacerbated by active service in the military, they can submit a claim for monthly disability compensation. A service-connected injury does not have to be a combat injury. Any injury or illness suffered or aggravated while in uniform can be considered. A pension is a tax-free monetary benefit payable to low-income wartime veterans. To qualify for a military pension, generally, the minimum service requirements are a veteran has at least 90 days of active duty service and has served at least one day in a designated wartime period.

The Nevada County Veterans’ Service Office staff are advocates for our veterans by assisting them in the development and the submission of their claims to the United States Department of Veteran Affairs. In the past fiscal year of 2015-2016, the Veterans’ Service Office has helped the veterans of Nevada County receive approximately $1.9 million (tax free) in compensation and pension claims.

If you are a veteran and would like to discuss what benefits you might be eligible for, or would like help in filing a claim with the Department of Veteran Affairs, contact us at 530-273-3396 or stop by our new office in the Brighton Green Resource Center located at 988 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley.

Veteran Services Officer Kevin Edwards can also be contacted directly at 530-265-1446 or via email at

Fruzza is Nevada County’s Veterans’ Remains Officer

​The Nevada County Board of Supervisors recently designated Chaplain Dennis Fruzza as the Veterans’ Remains Officer.

In 2010, the Governor signed Assembly Bill No. 1644 which requires each county to designate an honorably discharged veteran of the United States military to handle the remains of a veteran or spouse or eligible dependent of a veteran as defined by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs for compensation purposes. This includes all indigent, abandoned, or unclaimed remains of veterans, including those deceased veterans and dependents of veterans without sufficient means to defray burial expenses. Fruzza was honorably discharged from the Army in 1975. He has served as a volunteer chaplain since 2008. Fruzza became involved with the Nevada County All Veterans Stand Down in 2008 and in 2010 he was appointed to the Stand Down Board and became president in 2012. In 2009 he became a volunteer law enforcement/community chaplain with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department and joined the Nevada City Police Department in the role of chaplain in 2014, and still holds this position today.

In 2010 Fruzza began a free clothing and food locker for veterans, which is still in place today.

In 2012 he joined the Nevada County All Veterans Honor Guard and from April 2014-April 2015 he held the position of commander for the guard.

Fruzza volunteers his time in support of the Veterans’ Service Office, by driving veterans to their medical appointments to the surrounding VA medical facilities.

For more information, concerning Veterans’ Services contact Kevin Edwards, Veteran Services Officer at 530-265-1446 or via email at

Third library Kindle Fire drawing winner announced

Christie Stephens of Grass Valley was the third winner of a Kindle Fire from the Nevada County Community Library this summer. To enter the drawing, Stephens got her new library card at the Madelyn Helling Library. The library has one more Kindle Fire to give away.

The winning entry will be drawn from new card applicants from all library branches.

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