Administrative Building
805 S. Walker St.
Burgaw, NC 28425

Phone: 910-259-1203

Fax: 910-259-5163

Hours:  Monday-Friday   

8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Appointments are preferred.


Sally Lawson- Director/VSO


Hampstead Annex
15060 US Hwy 17
Hampstead, NC 28443

Phone: 910-270-5005         

 Fax: 910-259-5163

Hours:   Monday – Friday     

8:00 am to 5:00 pm   

Appointments are preferred.


Matt Wesley –Assistant  Veteran Service Officer



Veteran's Services News

VA Healthcare – COVID Vaccine Information

In Southeastern North Carolina, VA healthcare employees are working around the clock to distribute the COVID vaccine to all current eligible Veterans. We are currently offering the Moderna vaccine to Veterans who meet the criteria for phase 1c. HOW DO I SCHEDULE MY COVID VACCINE? 1. Review the four categories of eligibility below to see […]

Veterans Resource Day

Pender County Veterans Services will hold a Veterans Resource Day to provide information about Veterans benefits. Please join us on October 11th from 9am to 11am in the main hall of the Hampstead Annex building. County Veteran representatives along with the VET Center, NC Serves and other Veterans organizations will be on hand. For more […]

Breaking News:

Breaking News for Vietnam & Gulf War Vets

May 27,2021




Toxic Exposures Announcement



Today, I announced two very important decisions that will affect millions of Veterans who served in the Vietnam War and in Southwest Asia, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan during the Persian Gulf War and after September 11, 2001. It is important to note that the process by which these decisions were made is just the first step; this will be an iterative, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)-driven process to identify potential presumptions of service connection.


Many of our Nation’s Veterans have waited a long time for changes to presumptions of service connection for benefits, and I look forward to working with the VA Toxic Exposure team to implement changes such as the following as swiftly as possible.


The first decision concerns the addition of bladder cancer, hypothyroidism and Parkinsonism to the list of those conditions presumptively associated with exposure to Agent Orange. This implements provisions of the William M. Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (P.L. 116-283), and VA will apply the provisions of court orders related to Nehmer v. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which may result in an earlier date for entitlement to benefits for Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam era. Vietnam era Veterans and their survivors, who previously filed and were denied benefits for one of these three new presumptive conditions, will have their cases automatically reviewed without the need to refile a claim and will receive a letter from VA on the status of their claim.


The second decision involves Veterans who served in Southwest Asia, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan during the Persian Gulf War and after September 11, 2001. After a thorough review of the scientific evidence around toxic exposures, including the report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, I am directing initiation of rulemaking to consider creating presumptions of service connection for chronic respiratory conditions associated with exposure to airborne hazards during military service in Southwest Asia, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan during the covered periods of conflict, which may include asthma, sinusitis and rhinitis. Our approach to this process will be holistic, and we will base our decision on science, in fulfilling our responsibility to Veterans who may have suffered disability due to their service.


These decisions will affect millions of Veterans and families, and I encourage everyone in VA to always keep in mind the tremendous impact that we will be making in their health and quality of life as we go through these processes. I look forward to working with you as we further our goal of improving the lives of all Veterans.


For more information, please go here: Airborne Hazards and Burn Pit Exposures – Public Health (



Pender County offers two convenient locations to help better serve our veterans. They are located in Burgaw and Hampstead. Office hours are listed above.

Our office provides a wide range of services to the Veteran and their family members. We serve all veterans, spouses, widows, and children of veterans residing in Pender County with all Veterans Administration matters.

Our office is responsible for securing allowable and applicable benefits for veterans and their dependents. Services include advising local veterans concerning their rights under various federal and state laws, counseling them, and assisting them by filling out the proper forms for forwarding to the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA). Work is guided by state and federal laws and regulations, and is performed independently under the general supervision of the District Service Officer of the NC Division of Veterans Affairs.

If you are interested in applying for VA benefits or need assistance with VA paperwork, please contact our office to schedule an appointment. A Veteran Service Officer (VSO) will meet with you to answer any questions you have about your benefit eligibility. We will then help you submit any paperwork and assist with gathering any necessary documentation and evidence to support your claim.

A VSO serves as a as liaison between the veteran and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Summary of Benefits: • Service- Connected Disability Compensation • Non-Service Connected Disability Pension • Death and Indemnity Compensation • Widow’s Pension Benefits • VA Guaranteed Home Loans • Veterans Health Administration Enrollments • State Veterans Nursing Home Enrollments • Grave Markers • Burial Reimbursements • Appeals

Additional Benefits: • Automobile adaptations and other conveyance equipment • Special Adaptive Housing / Special Housing Adaptation • Annual clothing allowance • Individual Unemployability • Housebound and Aid & Attendance Increases • Addition of Dependent to Benefits • DD-214 and Medal replacement • Assistance with securing transportation to VA medical facilities

NC Division of Veterans Affairs (NCDVA) Benefits: • NCDVA Scholarships • One-time fee hunting/fishing license • Special Veterans license plates • Property Tax Reductions



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