County Veterans Services Collaborates with Department of Veterans Affairs for Claims Clinic
Durham, N.C. – Veterans seeking services and supports are occasionally faced with the frustrations of filing dense paperwork and waiting out the processing period for submitted documentation. To address this issue for men and women who have served in the United States Armed Services, Durham County Veteran Services will partner with the Greater Triangle Community Veterans Partnership and the local office for the Department of Veterans Affairs for a two day fast track assistance clinic developed to help veterans with the processing of new and existing claims. The Veterans Experience Action Center will welcome veterans on Friday, June 16 – Saturday, June 17, 2017, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Durham County Human Services Building, 414 E. Main Street.
“We are honoring, enriching, educating, advocating and improving the lives of our veterans and their families, long-term as we help many of them to move from sick care to health care, to home from homelessness, from poverty to prospering here in Durham County,” said Durham County Veterans Services Director Lois Harvin-Ravin.
The Veterans Experience Action Center will take walk in appointments only. Veterans can come by the free claims clinic at any point during the event to receive face-to-face assistance with:
Checking on existing claims and appeals,
Filing new claims and appeals,
Providing information regarding benefit related Veteran Affairs programs: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, education, home loans, insurance and burial benefits,
Answering health care and eligibility questions,
Counseling for bereavement and military sexual trauma’
Screenings for substance abuse and mental health.
According to Harvin-Ravin, it takes approximately an hour to complete some of the most intense services to be offered by the two day clinic. “Our goal is to make the process of receiving VA and other services the least daunting possible. I hope veterans leave our clinic feeling this collaboration has help to improve their access, trust and confidence in the delivery of Veterans Services.”
Interested participants should note that wait times may be long at the face-to-face clinic. Additionally, it is encouraged that veterans bring along supporting medical evidence and service documentation to assist with receiving services.
Additional partnering agencies for this event includes Durham County Register of Deeds, Legal Aid of North Carolina and Durham County Cooperative Extension.
For more information, contact the Durham County Veteran Services at 919-560-8387.