Oct 4, 2011
By Kyle Ranally
The Disabled American Veterans Mobile Service Office will visit the Conrath-Bean Chapter #37 at 355 East State Street in Athens from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11.
The purpose of the visit is to educate and inform veterans on the benefits that are available to them and to improve the benefits they currently have if they are unsatisfactory.
"The best thing the veterans can do is take advantage of this," said Chuck Lambert, national service officer. "They'll never know the answers unless they ask questions. Sometimes you'd be surprised at what these guys are eligible for."
Student veterans may be eligible to receive assistance from the Department of Veteran Affairs on expenses such as tuition and books.
"The biggest issue we run into out on the road is people are just not informed," Lambert said.
Veterans who plan on attending the event should bring any recent Veteran Affairs correspondence. If this is the first time working with the Disabled American Veterans organization, participants should also bring their driver's license.
The Disabled American Veterans non-profit organization represents veterans in state and federal cases involving programs and benefits for former soldiers. It also represent spouses and children of veterans as well.
The Athens stop will be the second in southeastern Ohio for the Mobile Service Office. On Oct. 10, it will be at 170 Pearl St. in Jackson, Ohio. On Oct. 12, it will be at 279 Canal Street in Lancaster, Ohio. On Oct. 13, it will be at 2090 North Ave. in Cambridge, Ohio. The last stop is Oct. 14 at 428 Moxahala Ave. in
Zanesville. All of the meetings will take place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ohio University's campuses are home to approximately 550 student veterans and military personnel. About 270 of them are on the Athens campus. There are also approximately 2,388 veterans in Ohio University's surrounding counties.