DAV service van provides counseling, assistance with claims

Jul. 18, 2013 @ 11:51 PM

Chapter 94 of the Disabled American Veterans, along with two service officers from Nashville, set up the DAV service van at the Municipal Complex on Wednesday.

DAV's mobile service office is an outreach program that informs disabled veterans and their families about benefits and services available to them.

"A lot of vets have trouble getting claims," said Michael Zavasky, public relations spokesperson for DAV Chapter 94. "It's a very intricate process, so sometimes just talking to someone that knows the steps involved goes a long way."

With the assistance of the local DAV chapter, two national service officers from Nashville were available to provide counseling and claim filing assistance to local veterans. The services are free.

The van, which goes to communities throughout the country, will spend two weeks traveling across Tennessee. "It seems like we have more demand every year, especially with the way the economy is right now," Zavasky said.

For veterans who aren't involved with veterans affairs, the van is a good way to get involved, Zavasky said. "The DAV gives more to veterans than any service organization in the county."

Local disabled veterans who were unable to attend the mobile service and need help filing claims can contact Sevier County Service Officer Paul Whaley at 453-8073 for help.

DAV Chapter 94 meets the third Thursday of each month. All disabled veterans are welcome.

To make a donation to the local chapter, write P.O. Box 6790, Sevierville, TN. All donations go directly to aiding disabled vets.

jfrye@themountainpress.com