Monday, January 28, 2019

Events scheduled in Barton, Dade counties to help veterans navigate VA benefits

(From University of Missouri Extension)

Veterans seeking information and assistance regarding VA disability claims, benefits and military discharges are invited to attend sessions staffed by legal experts from the Veterans Clinic at the University of Missouri School of Law.

The sessions are being offered as part of the Clinic's new Tigers for Troops initiative in partnership with University of Missouri Extension.

At each Tigers for Troops event, clinic personnel will conduct a general information session focused on VA disability claims and discharge upgrades. Following this general session, clinic attorneys will be available to meet individually with veterans to discuss specific questions. MU law students will be present to assist attorneys and to provide general information.

At both sites, there will be two sessions per day and participants need to arrive at their designated time. The following sessions are scheduled:

8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7 at Lockwood United Methodist Church Life Center located behind the church at: 410 Main Street, Lockwood. Call the Dade County Extension office at 417-637-2112 to register.

8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8 at First Baptist Church of Lamar, 1301 E 6th St., Lamar. Call the Barton County Extension office 417-682-3579 to register.

Registration on-site also will be available.

For more information, email Brent G. Filbert, Veterans Clinic at the University of Missouri School of Law at

Veterans are encouraged to bring with them any military or VA records they have in their possession. This will enable the Veterans Clinic to provide better assistance to individual Veterans.

With nearly a half million veterans, Missouri has the 15th largest population of those who served in the armed forces.

"We are excited to launch Tigers for Troops in southwest Missouri where so many of our veterans are in need of assistance related to their military service and the benefits owed to them," said Angela Drake, director of the Veterans Clinic at MU's School of Law. "Tigers for Troops is designed to help veterans on behalf of a grateful nation by pairing passionate students and seasoned lawyers with those most in need."

Working with MU Extension, Veterans Clinic attorneys and law students will visit 73 rural counties over the next two years to educate and assist veterans. The Tigers for Troops program is the result of an agreement between the clinic and the Missouri Housing Development Commission.

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