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THE AMERICAN LEGION

DEPARTMENT OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

Department Service Officer

THE AMERICAN LEGION DEPARTMENT OF NEW HAMPSHIRE VETERAN SERVICE OFFICE

 

We assist with compensation, pension, appeals, education, vocational rehabilitation, home loan guarantee and death benefits. Additionally we assist with obtaining records, awards and decorations, discharge upgrades and answer questions of general nature pertaining to veteran’s programs. The Department Service Office is open from the hours of 8 am to 4 pm, Monday thru Thursday. We are closed Fridays for training.

To download a copy of  Post Service Officer's Guide click

To download a copy of The American Legion Know Your Benefits click

To request copies of veteran service records visit the National Archives website

 VA Home Page   www.va.gov/

 VA Health Care   www.va.gov/health/

VA Benefits/Services   www.benefits.va.gov/benefits/

 

 

The American Legion Department of NH Veteran Service Office

Norris Cotton Federal Building

275 Chesnut Street, Room 519

Manchester, NH 03101

603-222-5786

Email: al.vbaman@va.gov

Department Service Officer: Curtis Lenz

Assistant Service Officer: Michael Hartt

 

 

 

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT:

What you can do before your meeting to speed up the process of filing your claim:

 

1) We suggest/recommend that you organize your paperwork in a 3 ring binder.  This can be done chronological by year or by subject matter

 

2) If you have a CDROM disc of your medical records please bring it with you to your appointment

 

3) Bring any records you think might be relevant to your claim.  If possible, please photocopy your records and bring us the copies.  This will streamline the process and make things more efficient

 

4) Fill out VA Form 21-22 “Appointment of Veterans Service Organization” as Claimant’s Representative)  available online at va.gov here:  https://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-21-22-ARE.pdf

 

5) Fill out VA Form 21-0966 “Intent to File a Claim for Compensation and/or Pension.”  available online at va.gov here: https://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-21-0966-ARE.pdf

 

6) You may need to have financial data available, i.e. bank/savings account numbers, bank checking transmittal number (depending on type of claim being filed)

 

7) If you are filing for burial benefits due to a deceased military veteran’s widow/spouse bring a copy of the veteran’s death certificate

 

FORMS:

Forms are “fillable” online.  You can print them out after you finish filling them out online, then delete the online version, sign the printed copy and bring it with you

Call us before your appointment and we’ll help you fill out these forms over the phone

 

Steps for filling out the forms if you email them to us:

1. Fill out the form.  (It’s a fillable form you can type on your computer)

2. Print out the form on your printer

3. Sign the form

a. Make sure you have included your name, address, phone #, and date signed

b. Don’t include your SSN.  We will do that when we receive the form from you

4. Scan the form as an Adobe PDF file

5. Send the completed Adobe PDF file back to us as an attachment in email

6. Email the forms to al.vbaman@va.gov

 

IMPORTANT:

*Please allow yourself ample time for parking and to get through security in the lobby*

*Street side parking is available: The cost is 75 cents per hour.  You can also use a credit card to pay for parking: 2 hours, 4 hours, or ten hours*

*Please arrive no more than 5 minutes prior to your appointment at Room 519*

*If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment please contact us: phone: 603-222-5786 or email: al.vbaman@va.gov

 

DIRECTIONS TO THE OFFICE:

https://www.benefits.va.gov/ROMANCHESTER/directions.asp

 

Driving Directions

From the Seacoast Area

Take Route 101 into Manchester. Take Right onto Route 93 North - Concord (Sign also shows Downtown Manchester); Take 1st exit off Route 93 (Exit 8), Wellington Rd/Bridge Street and stay to the right at end of ramp. At second light (Wellington & Mammoth Rds), go straight through intersection onto Bridge Street. Drive straight on Bridge to the 5th set of traffic lights at Bridge and Chestnut Streets. Take left onto Chestnut and follow it to the third set of lights at Chestnut and Merrimack Streets. Go through that intersection and turn left into the Norris Cotton Federal Building (7 story building on corner of Chestnut & Merrimack) parking lot (City lot). Parking is metered with two-hour minimum (4 quarters - 1 quarter for each additional hour beyond 2). The Federal Building has security at the entrance and visitors are directed through the Visitor Entrance

 

From Route 93 - North

Follow Route 93 Southbound; after toll booth in Hooksett, NH, continue on Route 293 (straight). At the next exit (Amoskeag Bridge), take a right. At the end of the exit ramp/stop sign, bear right (over the highway); bear right at the Inn at Amoskeag Falls. Go over the Amoskeag Bridge straight to set of lights at Elm Street. At set of lights (middle lane), cross over Elm Street, then Bay Street, and drive straight to stop sign at Chestnut Street. Turn right and follow Chestnut Street through 4 traffic lights to Chestnut and Merrimack Streets. Go through that intersection and turn left into the Norris Cotton Federal Building (7 story building on corner of Chestnut & Merrimack) parking lot (City lot). Parking is metered with two-hour minimum (4 quarters - 1 quarter for each additional hour beyond 2). The Federal Building has security at the entrance and visitors are directed through the Visitor Entrance

 

From Route 93 - South

Follow Route 93 Northbound into Manchester. Look for Exit 8, Wellington Road sign which will be the first exit on your right after you pass exit for Seacoast. Move into right hand lanes and take Exit 8, Wellington Rd/Bridge Street, and stay to the right at end of ramp. At second light (Wellington & Mammoth Rds), go straight through intersection onto Bridge Street. Drive straight on Bridge to the 5th set of traffic lights at Bridge and Chestnut Streets. Take left onto Chestnut and follow it to the third set of lights at Chestnut and Merrimack Streets. Go through that intersection and turn left into the Norris Cotton Federal Building (7 story building on corner of Chestnut & Merrimack) parking lot (City lot). Parking is metered with two-hour minimum (4 quarters - 1 quarter for each additional hour beyond 2). The Federal Building has security at the entrance and visitors are directed through the Visitor Entrance

 

From Route 3

Follow Route 3 into Manchester (turns into Route 293) - follow toward Downtown Manchester past the Queen City Bridge Exit. Take the Granite Street Exit 5 on right. At the end of exit ramp, turn right onto Granite Street. Drive straight, staying in left lane through 3 traffic lights - you will then be at Granite and Elm Streets. Go through that intersection, staying in left hand lane (you are now on Lake Avenue) - at the second traffic light (Pine and Lake Avenue), turn left onto Pine Street. Drive 1 1/2 blocks in left hand lane to entrance to the Federal Building Parking Lot (City lot). Parking is metered with two-hour minimum (4 quarters - 1 quarter for each additional hour beyond 2). The Federal Building has security at the entrance and visitors are directed through the Visitor Entrance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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