Veterans Services available to help

Lauderdale County veterans who need help getting benefits or finding information can contact the Lauderdale County Veterans Service. Services are provided to all honorably discharged veterans.

“I assist with claims processing for getting benefits for any service-connected injury, illness or disease while on active duty,” said Veterans Service Officer Ronnie Elder, as he began to list the many ways he helps veterans and their spouses.

“We are here to help eligible veterans and their dependents file claims for compensation, pensions, VA medical care, educational benefits, employment opportunities, homelessness, health care, home loans, insurance, vocational rehabilitation, employment opportunities, and burial and memorial benefits.”

Elder also assists veterans in retrieving their military and medical service records.   

Elder works part-time. He office is in the old Lauderdale County Health Department at 200 Roy Crain Rd. in Ripley. His hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 7:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday.

He can also be reached by phone at 731-635-3005, by email at or by fax at 731-635-0860.