BEND, OR -- Deschutes County Commissioner Patti Adair has announced the Veterans Service Office is expanding hours of operation. Adair says the VSO will now be open on Fridays from 8am to 3-30pm. The county Veterans Service Office serves an estimated 13-thousand veterans in Central Oregon. The office helps the men and women who served in the armed forces to apply for military benefits. The office also helps veterans to submit claims for military service connected disabilities including PTSD and exposure to hazardous chemicals.