VFW to have new mobile service office to help veterans
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) – VFW Post 577 is launching a mobile service office for veterans to save them from the hassle of going to the VA or other offices to get help with paperwork or claims.
“As important as it is for you to get those services, often times with the frustration that occurs you just let it go,” said commander Joshua Starks. “As a veteran, you just stop trying. We don’t want to see that. We don’t want to see that with our generation, we don’t want to see that with the Vietnam generation that are out there right now and still haven’t gotten treatment.”
The VFW has already teamed up with several employers to make stops at veterans’ workplaces or they can stop by a veteran's home.
“Really when it comes down to going to the Veterans Administration to file claims, you’re taking vacation time from work, you’re taking away time from the kids and the wife,” said Starks. He said he hopes the mobile service office will change this.
“We can take this mobile service office and duplicate exactly what we’re doing with our fixed base of operations at the VFW,” said Starks. “By doing this we can save them so much time. We can bring it directly to their doorstep and bring it directly to them.”
It’s an idea Starks has wanted to see come to life for a while.
“My hope is that we can get out to every veteran in Tulsa and every veteran in Tulsa understands completely what their benefits are, what they qualify for,” he said. “They change all the time.”
The VFW hopes to have the mobile service office ready by the end of March.
In the meantime, they are having a Mardi Gras Ball this Saturday to continue raising money for the big plans they have in our community. Tickets are still available.