Disabled American Veterans national officers in Hampton Roads this week to help vets

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YORK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — The Disabled American Veterans National Service Mobile Office is in Hampton Roads this week.

National service officers, who are based out of the regional office in Roanoke, helped veterans file claims.

“It’s good having these places around because they can help navigate ya and get questions answered,” said Michael Cochran, who served in the Navy for 20 years.

Cochran and other veterans showed up at the DAV Chapter 13 in Yorktown and kept the office busy.

“We started at 8:30 and there were several people lined up and said they were waiting since 7:30,” said Kenneth Alcorn, a national service officer.

Alcorn says the mobile office van travels twice a year to different locations in the state to educate veterans on what they need to know about claims.

They typically pick chapters to set up shop.

“It also helps more people out from the chapter and brings awareness to the chapter as well,” Alcorn said.

More than 25 veterans had shown up by noon but that’s nothing compared to the number of people the chapter says it’s helped within the last year.

Chapter commander Terry Bohlinger says they helped 2,228 people during their last fiscal year and more than 200 since July.

The mobile service office will be at American Tire Distributors in Norfolk on August 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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