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Veterans Services Accreditation Course

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The Veterans Services Accreditation Course is two-week basic training course for Tennessee County Veteran Service Officers and staff of the Tennessee Department of Veterans Services. The course exceeds both federal and state statutory requirements for accreditation.

State Law Requirements:

T.C.A 58-3-111. Director of local service office.

(a)  A veterans' service officer shall be chosen by the governing body or bodies of the political subdivision or subdivisions creating the veterans' service office by which the officer is to be employed.

(b)  If a veterans' service office is created by contract between two (2) or more political subdivisions, the veterans' service officer shall be approved by the governing body of each subdivision participating in the establishment of the office. If the political subdivisions are unable to agree upon a veterans' service officer, then the officer shall be chosen by the commissioner of veterans services from among the candidates proposed by the political subdivisions.

(c)  All veterans' service officers shall be honorably discharged veterans of the United States armed forces. Veterans' service officers shall have the authority to administer oaths and to take acknowledgments related to any matter falling within the scope of authority of their office, including the presentation of claims and other functions incident to obtaining benefits for discharged veterans. No veteran or dependent of a veteran shall be charged any fee for services rendered by a veterans' service officer.

(d)  All veterans' service officers shall successfully complete training and be issued accreditation by the department of veterans services within one (1) year from the date of appointment. Any veterans' service officer who does not complete the required training and receive accreditation within one (1) year of appointment shall be removed from office by the governing body or bodies of the political subdivisions creating the veterans' service office by which the officer is employed.