About the Union County Veterans Service Commission and Office
Union County Veterans Service Commission
Five Union County Veterans Service Commissioners, all honorably discharged Veterans, are appointed to a five-year term by the Union County Common Pleas Judge. The board members, using Ohio Revised Code 5901 as their guide, set all office policies pertaining to Union County's Veterans and/or their immediate family. Some of the policies include, but are not limited to, financial assistance, transportation, and claim submittals to the federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
The Veterans Service Commission is a county agency. Each of Ohios 88 counties has a Veterans Service Commission.
The Commissions operating budget is derived from County real estate taxes. Anyone wishing to speak to a Commissioner may leave a message with the Union County Veterans Service Office.
Introducing the Veteran Service Commissioners:
Kenneth Bonnell is the "At Large Member" of the Union County Veterans Service Commission. he is a Life Member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 148, a Life Member of the American Legion Post 79, Life Member of VFW Post 3320, and Life Member of the U.S. Army Ranger Regiment Association. Ken is also an active member of the Union County Military Family Support Group and of the Union County Veterans Rememberance Committee. He is an Ohio State University Army ROTC Hall of Fame Inductee as a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel who service on active duty from 1996 to 1990, serving two tours in Vietnam, two tours in Germany, and two tours with the Air Force. As an Airborne-Ranger-Infantry Officer, Ken commanded two companies and two battalions. Ken also formed and commanded the international CENTAG-4ATAF Support Group comprised of American, Canadian, and German Army, Navy, and Air Force personnel in Heidelberg, Germany
Anthony Will . Newest to the Commision ,as of December 2015, Mr. Will represents the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). He is a Marysville resident and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
Bill McKinnon represents the Union County AMVETS. He is a 50 year Marysville resident. He served in the U.S. Navy from June 1970 to May 1974. He was stationed aboard the USS Columbus CG-12. He is a member of American Legion Post 40 and AMVETS Post 28.
Union County Veterans Service Office
The Veterans Service Office handles day-to-day operations of the agency and carries out policies set by the Veterans Service Commission.
MISSION STATEMENT: A team effort by professionals whose primary goal is to serve Union Countie's Veterans, spouses, and/or survivors in all matters pertaining to veteran benefits. Provides emergency and temporary financial assistance to eligible veterans and/or their spouses and family. Transports veterans to VA medical facilities or VA-referred medical facilities in Ohio. Assists in the preparation and submittal of claims to the federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on behalf of the veteran or the living spouse of a deceased veteran. Further, tracks claims this office submits to the VA. Promotes our services around the entire county.
Dale Bartow served in the U.S. Army and the Ohio Army National Guard for a total of 26 years, 12 of those being on active duty. He retired in 2005 at the rank of First Sergeant (E-8). Dale assumed the Directorship of the VSO in February 2008. He and his family reside in Marysville. He is a member of American Legion Post 79 and AMVETS Post 28.
Linda C. Fuqua
Linda C. Fuqua served 4 years active duty in the U.S. Navy and completed a 22 year career in 1996 retiring as a Hospital Corpsman First Class Petty Officer (E-6). She served in the Fleet Hospital reserve unit of the Navy and Marine Corp. Linda was born and raised in Mansfield and currently resides in Plain City. She was employed in the office in February 2009.
David K. Cook, Sr.
David Cook served four years active duty in the Army and retired in 2002 as a Staff Sergeant from the Ohio Army National Guard, C Co. 1/148 Inf. (M). David has been employed at the VSO since 1994 and is an accredited Service Officer through the Ohio Department of Veterans Affairs. The Raymond, Ohio resident is a Life Member of the AMVETS Post 28, the American Legion Post 79, 40 et 8 Voiture 857, DAV Chapter 55, AUSA (Central Ohio Chapter), 37th Division Association and 3rd Amored Division Association, National Guard Enlisted Association (Ohio), and is also a member of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 79.
Andrew Stahl served 8 years in the Army Reserves with the 412th Civil Affairs Battalion(Airborne). In 2009, he was mobilized to Operation Enduring Freedom where he spent 10 months on Combat Outpost Monti in Kunar, Afghanistan working with infantry platoons from the 173rd Airborne Brigade and 101st Airborne Division, and conducting Afghan National Police Training. Andrew joined the Veterans Service Office in November 2013 and resides near Raymond with his wife and family.