VA clinic helps South Mississippi veterans with claims questions

VA clinic helps South Mississippi veterans with claims questions

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - Dozens of booths filled the Long Beach Senior Center, each with a specialty meant to help the men and women who have served.

Lela Bremen, a Wounded Warrior Fellow for Congressman Steven Palazzo, says there is a huge need for events like this.

"The fourth congressional district has a huge veteran population. We help them daily," said Bremen. "But the big thing is making them know that there's organizations out there to help them. They're not alone. Knowing that they are important, that we appreciate their service, and everything that they've done," he said.

Veterans could find everything from help with personal care to home maintenance, as well as recreation and employment. There were also representatives to help with VA claims.

"The VA Jackson Regional office came down to help them with their claims," Bremen said. "One day claims processing, going over claims, making sure they understand the process. And if they're really frustrated with the process just explaining to them where it's at and try to get rid of that frustration."

And with so many booths for veterans to visit, some participants say there was all kinds of information they didn't know was out there.

"I found out a lot of stuff I need to know because I went to the veteran's side over there because of a claim, and he gave me some great information on what to do and not to do," said Army veteran Marvin Maxey. "It's a great opportunity to be here to get the information that you need."

Navy veteran Raymond Scott says he's had trouble with VA claims and hopes to get some help.

"I'm a veteran. I retired in 2000," said Scott. "I've been having a lot of issues with the Veterans Benefits Administration. I don't really have a problem with the medical side of it, but the benefits administration needs a serious serious overhaul."

It's something Congressman Palazzo and his staff believe they can help with.

The VA Clinic and Veterans information event continues tomorrow at the Long Beach Senior Center from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm.

A shuttle service will run from Building 3 on the VA campus to the senior center every hour.

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