Veterans Affairs

Our Mission:   "To Care for Our Veterans and Dependents"

The Veterans Service Office of Jefferson County honors veterans who served and sacrificed in the defense of our country.  

President Abraham Lincoln wrote, “Our nation’s commitment is to care for him who born the battle and for his widow and the orphan.”

Veterans Service Officer

The Veterans Service Officer of Jefferson County is Curtis B. Hudson Sr.   Curtis Hudson has over 15 years’ experience serving the veterans of Jefferson County as the Commander of the local VFW, Commander of the district level VFW, and has just completed a one-year appointment as the State-wide Commander of the VFW.   As the State Commander, Curtis has established a network of veterans support contacts and has assembled a wealth of knowledge of how to best serve the needs of veterans and their dependents.   Curtis is a Vietnam Veteran and a disabled veteran.   He understands the needs of disabled veterans and the benefits available to them.   Curtis will apply his experience and knowledge of veterans’ affairs in the best interest of all veterans and dependents who enter the door of his office.  He is an expert at assisting with preparing forms, applications, supporting evidence in filing for compensation, pension questions, and filing DIC claims.   He also stands ready to assist veterans filing for education benefits, VA home loans, referral assistance for homeless veterans, VA life insurance questions, health care concerns, vocational rehabilitation, employment assistance, and burial benefits    Every individual veteran will be treated with compassion and respect.

Assistance to veterans and their survivors is provided free of charge.   Under no circumstance shall any veteran or family member be required to pay for any assistance given by the Veterans Service Officer.

A veteran is the most important person entering the Veterans Service Office.   Veterans served our country with honor and loyalty and they will be treated with respect and courteous service in the Veterans Service Office of Jefferson County.

The following are some of the matters our office can help you with:

  • What benefits are available to veterans and dependents?
  • What qualifications are needed to file a claim?
  • What is the difference between a compensation claim and a pension claim?
  • How do I get into the VA Health System?
  • How do I file an appeal about a VA decision?
  • What is an Agent Orange registry?
  • What are some diseases caused by chemical exposure?
  • What is PTSD and what is meant by a stressor?
  • What documents do I need to file a claim?
  • How do I get a copy of my service records?
  • How do I get my military records corrected?
  • How and where do I return a VA check?
  • What do I need to do if I get an overpayment?
  • How do I apply for education aid?
  • Can I be buried in a state or national cemetery?
  • Who can get free license tags?
  • What is a Means Test?
  • How will my family apply for a grave marker and burial benefits?
  • What are the time limits for using certain benefits?

Please contact our office for answers to any of these questions or any other assistance you may need concerning your veteran's rights and benefits.

Contact Information

Jefferson County Veterans’ Service Office (Lower level of the Jefferson County Health Dept.)
931 Industrial Park Road, Suite 102
Dandridge, TN 37725

Office Hours:  
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.    Monday - Friday

Phone:   (865) 397-7824


Fax:   (865) 397-9832

Important Dates
Memorial Day             (last Monday in May)
Independence Day     (July 4)
Veterans’ Day             (November 11)