VETERAN'S SERVICES

 DRAFT Environmental Assessment 

Tennessee Veterans Home

Cleveland/Bradley County 


History

The origin of legislation to provide relief for military personnel disabled in the service to their country has been traced to a statute providing for pensions for English veterans dating back to 1588.

 

In 1792, the U.S. Congress initiated relief for our veterans by imposing the duty of deciding whether a veteran’s disability was service-connected or not.  Then in 1818, the federal government used a budget surplus to help needy veterans who had served in the Revolutionary War.  In 1836, the pension program was expanded to include veteran’s widows and children.  Medical benefits were added in 1861. 

 

The current Department of Veterans Affairs was established by Congress in 1930.  Enormous change and growth in the country’s veterans’ benefits programs has followed the United States’ expanding global role.

 

Bradley County established a County Service Office after WWII to help local citizens file claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Our office has been in operation ever since assisting veterans and their families.