Disabled American Veterans organization visits western Massachusetts

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The non-profit organization, Disabled American Veterans, visited the American Legion Post 207 in West Springfield Tuesday, assisting veterans in need.

From 8:30 Tuesday morning until 3:30 Tuesday afternoon veterans were given the chance to meet with a National Service Officer one on one through DAV’s mobile service office.

The mobile office makes trips to the community twice a year and was initiated as a way to provide services to disabled veterans who can’t get to the office in Boston.

“For a lot of them out here in western Mass. it’s quite a hall to get into Boston just for a basic appointment,” National Service Officer David Boyd told 22News. “So it’s lets us supply the outreach.
I can provide the same services and everything here as I would in my office.”

22News also spoke with Commander of Chapter 68, Robert Maurice, about the services.

“So many times the veterans turn in their paperwork and they never hear anything from them,” Boyd told 22News. “So this gives them a chance to personally talk to the head person to get things accomplished.”

On Tuesday, veterans received counseling, claim filing assistance and were educated on their benefits.

All DAV services are free to veterans and members of their families.

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