The Bell County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting for the new Vets Serving Vets (VSV) office, located in the Village Square Shopping Center, on Tuesday.
According VSV Commander Mike Marcum, the office will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays.
Marcum said the hours are temporary, depending on the demand. He said they may have to open more often if the need is there. If someone can’t make those hours, they can call Marcum at 248-4320 or 302-1667 to schedule an appointment.
If a veteran believes they have a claim, they can come to the office on those two days and speak with Marcum about it. If the VSV believe it needs to file a claim for the individual, they will.
“A lot of our veterans don’t even know that they qualify for even a medical card,” said Marcum. “If you’ve served in the service and you need a medical card then we can sign you up and get you sent for a physical. You can get a yearly physical with that (a medical card).”
Marcum said the office is also a place where veterans can come in private and talk one-on-one about their problems, both physical and mental.
“We’re losing 22 veterans a day to suicide and that’s unacceptable. That’s what this office is for,” said Marcum. “You don’t have to be a combat veteran to have problems, so we’re hear to listen, help and try to drop this 22 a day down to zero.”
Marcum said their is also a DAV (Disabled American Veteran) representative that comes in once a month at the National Guard Armory.
Marcum said VSV is an organization that is unique to the area. He said their main goal is to help any veteran with an honorable discharge with whatever their need is.
“A lot of veteran organizations are not out doing things for veterans, and that’s what we’re about,” said Marcum.
Marcum said they are wanting to help all veterans including the ones coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan. He said if they can’t provide the help needed then they will find someone who can.
No member or officer of the VSV is paid. All donations go to the local veterans and their needs, according to Marcum.
VSV holds their monthly meeting on the second Thursday of every month beside the office in the Village Square Shopping Center across from the barber shop. The next meeting will be on Sept. 11. Any veteran is welcome.
Anthony Cloud can be reached at 606-302-9090 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN.