Katherine Young, MSW, Director, Social Services
Donna Wheeler, LCSW, Deputy Director
Jeri Scardina, MSW, Deputy Director
Shelley Nilsen, MSW, Deputy Director

Veterans Service Office

The Humboldt County Veterans Service Office is established by the Board of Supervisors of Humboldt County to assist veterans, their dependents and survivors, and the general public in obtaining benefits from federal, state and local agencies administering programs for veterans. We provide advocacy to the veteran community regarding entitlement rights to federal, state and local benefit programs.

We offer the following services:
  • Comprehensive benefit counseling
  • Claim preparation and submission
  • Claim follow-up to insure final decision
  • Initiate and develop appeals when appropriate
  • Networking with federal, state and local agencies

We offer assistance with the following:
  • Compensation (service-related injuries)
  • Re-open compensation claim for increase
  • Survivors benefit for service-connected death
  • Pension (for war-era veterans)
  • Death pension (for widows of war-era veterans)
  • Dependent allowances
  • Discharge recordation and certification
  • Housebound and Aid & Attendance allowances
  • State Veterans Homes
  • Request for military records and decorations
  • Medical & dental benefits
  • Benefit verification
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Home loans
  • College tuition fee waiver
  • Education benefits
  • Life insurance
  • Burial benefits


Office Location

County Courthouse
825 Fifth Street, Room 310
Eureka, California 95501


(707) 445-7341/7611
(707) 476-2487 fax


Office Hours

8:30 AM - 12 noon, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Monday thru Friday


Office Staff

Rena’ Maveety, Veterans Service Officer
rmaveety@co.humboldt.ca.us

Kristy Gierek, Veterans Service Representative
kgierek@co.humboldt.ca.us


Accredited as representatives for:

  • National Association of County Veterans Service Officers (NACVSO)
  • California Department of Veterans Affairs (CDVA)
  • Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)


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