EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) – The Disabled American Veterans Mobile Service Office was in East Liverpool on Tuesday to assist veterans who needed help applying for benefits or finding out what benefits they are eligible to receive.
Robert Scott Reed spent a year in Vietnam. He is now a disabled veteran and over the years, his health problems have gotten worse. But his disability benefits have not gotten better.
“It is kind of hard. Because I have been turned down twice when I have tried to get a raise,” Reed said.
He was at the DAV Mobile Service Office on Tuesday hoping to get some help.
“I think they can help me because they know a lot more than I do about it,” Reed said.
Paul Shook is a national service officer with the DAV. As a wounded veteran himself, the work is not just a job for him. It is his passion.
“These are not handouts. These are things veterans earned and they deserve,” Shook said.
He said many veterans don’t know the benefits that are available, but they shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help.
“It changes a person’s life,” Shook said.
And in some cases, the benefits can help save a life. Twenty-two veterans commit suicide every day.
“Getting their benefits where they can get the medical and mental help that is needed prevents them from committing suicide,” DAV State Executive Committee member James Bailey.
Reed would like to see more vets get the help they earned.
“There is a lot of people that need help out there. And they’re not getting it,” he said.
His advice to veterans is to do exactly what he did on Tuesday.
“I would have them come in and talk to the people here or anywhere else in the country that can help them out,” Reed said.
Vets can stop by the mobile DAV office if it makes a stop in their area, or go to a county veterans service commission.
Click the links below for information on local veterans service commissions.