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Bladen County’s Disabled American Veterans are “Looking for Our Own”

On November 17, 2015, National Service Officers from Winston Salem will meet at the DAV/VFW (Disabled American Veterans/Veterans of Foreign Wars) building on Hill Street in Elizabethtown, to discuss claims, legal benefits and housing for veterans in Bladen County. At this meeting a date will be set for the mobile van to visit Bladen County and begin pursuing claims. Our local DAV is urging anyone who needs to file a claim or has questions about an existing claim to attend this meeting.

The Bladen County association has been out beating the bushes for their comrades in arms who may need assistance with claim forms. The local veterans are also looking for recruits to join the DAV so Bladen County can establish a formal Chapter. Currently there are 9 registered members, and there is a 25 member minimum requirement to form a Chapter.

There is a recruitment drive planned for November 1 – 11, 2015. The local DAV members will be set up at the Tractor Supply and/or Walmart in Elizabethtown. On November 11th, the Honor Guard from West Bladen High School will visit the DAV building located at 108 Hill Street in Elizabethtown. On Veterans Day, November 11, 2015, there will be a ceremony at the Bladen County Courthouse. The next regular monthly meeting of the DAV will be November 10th at 7:00PM, at 108 Hill Street in Elizabethtown.

Are you eligible to join? If you have ever served in the United States Military during wartime you may be. Were you in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iranian Crisis, Invasion of Grenada, Invasion of Panama or other engagements? Membership is open to any veteran who has been wounded, gassed, injured or disabled in the line of duty, including amputees, visually impaired, hearing impaired, POWs and persons who have been awarded expeditionary or campaign medals. Those who are eligible must file a claim to receive the benefits they have earned.

The DAV is keeping the promise to America’s veterans by offering many programs to empower veterans to lead high quality lives, with respect and dignity by providing professional assistance to vets in obtaining benefits earned through service, helping vets return to civilian life after service, providing transportation to and from medical appointments, and fighting for Veteran’s rights on Capitol Hill, according to their brochure, pictured with this article.

The DAV’s list of legislative goals for 2015 contains 34 items, including opposing any legislation which would reduce or eliminate benefits for disabled veterans and seeking the immediate release of any American prisoners of war.

The DAV is a non-profit 501(c)(4) dedicated to the service of our nation’s injured heroes and to educating the public about the great sacrifices of veterans and their needs in transitioning back to civilian life. In short, they are veterans helping veterans. For more information visit the website here.

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