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The Columbia Basin Veteran Center (CBVC) is a community-based resource center. The CBVC provides services to veterans and partners with other organizations in order to provide a full spectrum of opportunities and access.
The Columbia Basin Veteran Center strives to meet the needs of veterans from all eras.
The Columbia Basin Veteran Center has existed in one form or another since 1992.
The Columbia Basin Veteran Center operates two homes for veterans, a closet for clothing and personal hygiene items, assistance with various issues ranging from transportation, and employment to advocacy with certain landlord-tenant issues.
In addition, the CBVC houses other agencies who provide free counseling, as well as access to a certified service officer to file service-related claims. We also provided free access to a copy/fax machine and have free notary service available to veterans.
The Columbia Basin Vet Center has received funding through a local endowment as well as a bi-county grant; however, CBVC relies heavily on fundraising events and community donations.
You can come into the CBVC and fill out a SF 180 military record request form or you can follow the steps at www.archives.gov
You need to be enrolled in the VA health care system which can be done online at www.va.gov/healthbenefits/enroll, on the phone by calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387), or in person at your local VA medical facility. Once enrolled and verified, your picture will be taken at your local VA medical facility and the VHIC will be mailed to your place of residence.
The CBVC partners with agencies and houses agencies that provide Veteran Service Officers (VSO). Veteran Service Officers are trained and certified to fill out VA disability claims and to advocate on your behalf to the VA and others.