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Important Notice

1) ALWAYS ask for credentials of Service Officers.

2) How long has the Service Officer done claims?

3) Is the Service Office approved by the Veteran Administration and attached to a Veteran Organization?

4) Are your records being kept in a safe and locked area?

5) Is there documentation that shows the percentage of claims approved through that facility?

No one is as good at setting the bar of expectation on how your benefits are being handled, than you.  Be pro-active and ask the questions. 

VA Claims can take time.  If you receive something in the mail from the VA, get it to your Service Officer.  They may not be able to proceed without it.


Cowlitz Valley Veterans Service Office

The 'Go To' place to meet the needs of our Veterans, Service Members and their families!

In just over 4 years, Cowlitz Valley Service Office has brought in over 22 million dollars in benefits for our local Veterans.Cowlitz Valley Service Office (CVSO) has been in operation for almost a decade and hosts several Approved Veteran Service Officers (VSO's) that will assist you through the maze of VA benefits, help answer your questions and work with the Veteran from the beginning of the benefit process to completion.  We know the paperwork and process can be very overwhelming and want to insure you have the best our County has to offer.  It's not always a good idea to try to push through the process on your own.

They can also help you with the Veteran Relief Fund (VRF) of Cowlitz County and the TBRA grant required by Longview Housing Authority.  Have questions about Social Security, Retirement Pay, or Defense Finance and Accounting benefits?  If the staff at CVSO can't help you directly, they know the right providers who can!

Cowlitz Valley Service Office provides a safe & private environment for Veterans from all Military branches.  You do not need to be a member of any Veteran organization to receive assistance. 

If you need assistance with your VA Claims or just have questions, this is the place to go.  Cowlitz Valley Service Office has a high number of approved claims have brought hundreds of thousands, if not millions, into Cowlitz County from approved VA disability claims.  We are proud to call them a partner and appreciate the professionalism and commitment they bring to the Cowlitz County Veteran Network.

If you can, have these items listed below for your visit or phone conversation:

  • DD Form 214 (Issued at separation) ***
  • Service medical records (outpatient), dental records, entrance and separation examination reports
  • Inpatient hospitalization records (private or military)
  • Private outpatient medical records (if applicable)
  • Personnel file
  • Line of Duty (LOD) investigation reports
  • Overseas or temporary duty (travel) orders

Cowlitz Valley Service Office

4307 Ocean Beach Hwy

Longview, WA 98632


Office Hours;  Monday - Thursday     9:00am - 3:00pm

Please note: Office is closed from 12:00 - 1:00pm for lunch


Office of Regulation Policy and Management

By law, an individual must be accredited by VA as an agent, attorney, or representative of a VA-recognized veterans service organization to assist in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of a claim for VA benefits.  38 U.S.C. §§ 5901-5902, 5904; 38 C.F.R. § 14.629.  VA regulations provide a one-time only exception to this general rule, which authorizes a person to provide assistance on a particular claim, but such assistance must be without cost to the claimant and is otherwise subject to the laws governing representation.  38 C.F.R. § 14.630.  An individual who is not accredited by VA is otherwise prohibited by law from assisting claimants in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims before VA.



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