Shoals veterans helped with applying for VA benefits

SHEFFIELD, Ala. -  There is an organization that is trying to make sure that the men and women who have served our country get the benefits they deserve.

Their weathered faces help tell their story. The majority of the veterans that gathered in Sheffield Tuesday morning spent time in Vietnam.

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Commander Jessie Qualls

“I’m a Vietnam War Veteran, and a wounded war Veteran, disabled Veteran, and we have a lot in here also that’s not getting their fair share,” explained Commander Jessie Qualls of the VFW Post 8640 in Sheffield.

Qualls said that requesting benefits from the VA is difficult to navigate. That is why he invited Tender Love and Care Veterans Outreach to the Shoals.

“We need to let the Veterans know that we’re here, and we’re here to help them,” Qualls said. “They can find out anything and everything that they need to know about Veterans benefits.”

121316-co-veteran-benefits-5pm-pkg2Commander Qualls said most of the veterans who attended Tuesday's meeting had been denied their benefits in the past.

And VA benefits are not just for the men or women who wore a uniform.

“I have been having an influx of widows that have been losing their husbands and then they don’t know where to go.”

Commander Qualls said they are determined to help everyone who may need it.

If you need help with applying for veterans benefits or have questions, contact Tender Love and Care Veterans Outreach at (706) 505-5186.