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Vet-to-Vet program focuses on helping disabled veterans

Published 7:30pm Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A program is aiming to help area veterans with any needs that may arise.

The Vet-to-Vet program is a program serving the area and looking to help all veterans, with a focus particularly placed on disabled veterans.

“There’s a difference between us and Veterans Affairs. Veterans Affairs does a good job, but we do not have a Veterans Affairs officer in 17 of the counties,” said Ed Jenkins, Vet-to-Vet program veterans service officer. “We as service officers pick up where they leave off and help them out if they’ve got a lot of vets filing claims. This is just a program that we have that gets veterans those necessities.”

Jenkins said the Vet-to-Vet program helps veterans file claims and provides a wide range of services.

“We help them with their claims, their needs, and all sorts of things. We really try to help them do it all. We’re veterans service officers,” Jenkins said. “We help them get into the clinics, help them if there is any post-traumatic stress problems, and fill out their their claims for them if they’ve got a claim, a pension claim or anything of that nature. It runs a little differently in that we help them with all of their problems in a broad sense.”

Jenkins said the program is free of charge, and that veterans simply need to provide a discharge or DD 214 to be eligible for assistance.

“We have a DAV (Disabled American Veterans) chapter there in Alexander City. We do not have a Veterans Affairs officer in 17 of the counties, so we just have to help all of the veterans we can,” Jenkins said. “We do not receive any fees. We work with these veterans free of charge in order to solve their problems.”

Jenkins said veterans interested in the program can contact him at 256-786-1622.

Jenkins added veterans can also attend the local DAV chapter’s meetings every third Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the Bud Porch Building in Alexander City.