By Ginna Parsons/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – The Mobile Service Office of the Disabled American Veterans will be in Tupelo 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 on the corner of Eason and Veterans boulevards, will be in Tupelo on Wednesday, June 26, 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.
That same week, the mobile unit will also be in Meridian on Monday, Columbus on Tuesday, Oxford on Thursday and Greenville on Friday. It is funded in part by a $2 million grant from the Harley-Davidson Foundation.
“The officers saw about 100 people 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 the experts,” Dye said. “They do this on a daily basis.”
For more information, call Gary Gray at (601) 364-7178 or Mark Dye at (662) 213-4217.