MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- The men and women who have fought for our freedom often return home to a system that makes it hard for them to receive the benefits they so greatly deserve. However, this week hundreds of local vets in four communities are getting some help in that regard.
Several veterans were waiting when the non-profit Disabled American Veteran's mobile van set up shop outside of the organization's office in Milford Monday morning.
"Everybody sign in, I need your address."
They are former service members like Anthony Bigica, of Shelton, who was injured during the Cuban missile crisis.
"So, I'm trying to get more help because my hearing is getting worse and worse," said Bigica. "I used to fire a gun, a 40 millimeter back then, we had no hearing aids, nothing. It was just blasting our ears, boom, boom boom."
The van provides critical services for vets and their families, everything from helping some fill out claim forms, to assisting others in getting compensation for both service and non-service related disabilities.
"We do all the paperwork," said Colleen Sullivan, Disabled American Veterans.
In addition to doing the legwork, the van also saves veterans from making the trip to the Connecticut Department of Veteran's Affairs office in Newington.
"It is really to go with computers, printers and nowadays the VA has provided us with all the ability to look up claims here on a computer, while we're in the van," said Sullivan.
And it's not just about the high-tech, veterans like Vincent Abner, of Bridgeport, are touched by the TLC they receive.
"They've been extremely courteous, they just seem like they care about the veterans here, it's been a pleasure for us," said Abner.
You can't say enough about those veterans and their families, all of them are truly American heroes.
The mobile D.A.V van will make three more stops around the state this week in Newtown, Torrington and West Haven.
For more information check out the Disabled American Veteran's website.
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