The DAV Mobile Service Office stopped in Van Wert this week to assist veterans with various needs. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
The DAV Mobile Service Office stopped in Van Wert this week to assist veterans with various needs. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – Earlier this week, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) mobile unit visited the Van Wert VFW to assist veterans in various ways.

The Mobile Service Office is an “office on wheels” that travels to communities to counsel and assist veterans with claims and to educate them and their families on the benefits and services available to them.

National Service Officer Mike Brady, a veteran Marine who travels with the DAV Mobile Service unit, said that Van Wert is one of their busiest stops; they usually serve around 50-60 Van Wert area veterans during the day.

“We provide claims assistance. We help veterans who have questions about their disability claim and we help them file their claim. We also help veterans navigate the VA,” said Brady. “We also help widows who need assistance after their [veteran] spouse has died."

Brady said that the DAV usually sends out newsletters regarding the Mobile Service Office letting veterans know when the unit will be in the area.

“Usually, unless they’ve never filed a claim before, they are well aware of what’s going on,” Brady noted. “They just need help.”

The particular Mobile Service Office that visited Van Wert this week is also shared with New York and New Jersey, explained Brady. However, the DAV Mobile program is a nation-wide program.

“We have it in Ohio for five weeks,” said Brady. “We have it for a whole week and then next week another group of National Service Officers will go out and go for a week into other parts of Ohio.”

Brady emphasized that the DAV Mobile Service Office is a free service.

“We’re here to help each other,” said Brady.