DAV mobile service office to help veterans

news_djournal_greenBy Ginna Parsons

Daily Journal

TUPELO – The Mobile Service Office of the Disabled American Veterans will be in north Mississippi next week to help area veterans with benefits.

Two staffers will be in the mobile unit to help veterans file claims, fix problems with claims, fill out paperwork and answer questions.

“It could be any veteran or veteran’s family member who might need assistance on filing for compensation from Veterans Affairs for anything from medical to educational benefits,” said Mark Dye, service officer for DAV Lee County Chapter 43.

The mobile office, which will be located at the DAV Center at 1494 S. Veterans Blvd., will be in Tupelo on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary and veterans will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis, Dye said.

The mobile unit also will be at the DAV Amory Chapter 61 on Wednesday and at the Columbus Clinic on Thursday. It is funded in part by a $2 million grant from the Harley-Davidson Foundation.

“The officers had a real good turnout last year,” Dye said. “This is a free service and you do not have to be a member of the DAV to come to the mobile unit.”

Those seeking assistance need to bring discharge papers (DD Form 214), medical records and anything else that might be related to their claim. Dependent children of veterans will need to provide a birth certificate.

“These guys in the mobile unit are sharp,” Dye said. “They know this stuff upside down and sideways.”

For information, call Gary Gray or Charles Pugh at (601) 364-7178 or Mark Dye at (662) 213-4217.

ginna.parsons@journalinc.com