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Lee Orman, veterans service officer at the VA Medical Center in Murfreesboro, was the featured speaker at the recent meeting of the Vietnam Era Veterans in Shelbyville.
Orman spoke to a large number that attended at the American Legion post in Shelbyville. Orman stated that a veteran is a person who served in the United States Armed Forces on active duty for a period of time. Orman said that National Guard members are state employees paid by the federal government and that they are federal employees one weekend a month and at least two weeks a year.
Orman, knowing the group that he was speaking to, jokingly asked, “Are there any veterans here?” Tom Taylor, veteran in attendance, said, “All of us here tonight are veterans, even our wives, because they have to put up with their husbands for such a long time.”
Orman continued by saying, that as a veteran, if you were ever treated in a clinic or hospital during your time in service, you can receive treatment at a VA hospital and for the most part, treatment is free to the veteran. Orman stated that, you as a veteran, may also be eligible for a service connected disability, and that veterans who qualify may be compensated once a month for their service connected disability and that their wives and family may be eligible for assistance.
He informed the veterans in attendance that if they were in Vietnam “In Country”, that they are eligible for Agent Orange Benefits. Orman told veterans that were in attendance that if they served in the United States military during the Persian Gulf War, that there is a list of medical conditions that they would qualify for assistance. He urged all veterans to see him for help on these matters and when they do to bring their DD-214 military discharge papers and other medical information. Orman also informed the veterans in attendance that they should see him if they are currently service connected, and their condition has increased, that they could be eligible for increased benefits.
Orman said this Vietnam Era Veterans is a great group for veterans. He strongly urged all veterans that they should support this and other veterans organizations, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, AmVets and Purple Heart, which are a few of them. Veterans from Fayetteville, Shelbyville, Tullahoma and Winchester attended this meeting.
Vietnam Era Veterans is open to all veterans meeting thee first Thursday of every month. Vietnam Era Veterans meets at the American Legion Post 23, Shelbyville. The next meeting of the Vietnam Era Veterans is scheduled for Dec. 6 with Army veteran Ralph Dietz, one of ours, being the featured speaker. If veterans desire more information, they can call Tom Taylor at (931) 684-2557.