State Veterans Affairs Board
Assisting Our Veterans
In 1924 the Mississippi Legislature recognized that World War I veterans needed assistance to obtain veterans’ benefits, so it created the office of State Service Commissioner. The duties and functions of this office were to aid all residents of Mississippi who had served in the military forces of the United States during war, and their dependents and beneficiaries. In 1948 the legislature changed the State Service Commission to the State Veterans Affairs Board.
The State Veterans Affairs Board is charged with assisting former and current members of the armed forces of the United States and their dependents in securing any benefits or privileges to which they are entitled; with establishment and operation of a State Veterans Memorial Cemetery; with operation of the four Mississippi State Veterans Nursing Homes; with approval of programs and institutions of education and training under the GI Bill; and with advising the governor and legislature on veterans’ affairs.