DAV offers free aid to vets

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Veterans who believe they might qualify for military benefits can get free advice and assistance Monday from the Disabled American Veterans.
The DAV is hosting a national team of qualified veterans-service officers to advise former servicemen and women on their rights and help them qualify for a host of services.
“The reason why it’s so important is that even if a veteran has submitted in the past, the laws change every year,” said Lee County DAV Adjutant Demming Moon. “What you might not have been qualified for last year, you might be qualified for this year.”
This is the second time in a year the national team will visit the Tupelo office, which serves all of Northeast Mississippi and has some 450 members.
The first time, 51 veterans received help. Ninety percent of them either qualified for first-time benefits, saw an increase in benefits or started medical treatment.
Demming said one man who served in World War II and never received compensation for his injuries got a huge check after going through the DAV recently. Stories like these abound, he said.
Besides health care, other available benefits include pensions, compensation and educational services.
The national group will be at the DAV building at 1494 S. Veterans Blvd. between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Veterans are encouraged to bring all military and medical records.
“We provide an air-conditioned building with refreshments and a place to comfortably sit down and talk with a counselor,” said Moon.
Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@djournal.com.

Free assistance for veterans
- A national team from the Disabled American Veterans will assist all veterans with VA
enrollment, health and medical, pension and compensation from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at
1494 S. Veterans Blvd.