Helping Veterans Seek Benefits

Kentucky has more than 350,000 veterans and it is one organization's mission to ensure they receive the benefits and services they have earned. Officials with the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs say they often find veterans out there who do not take full advantage of benefits offered to them.

For Carol Livingston, helping veterans is not only business ... it is personal.

“Well, I'm a veteran. So it means a lot to me,” she says.

Livingston is a veteran's field representative with the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs. Once a month she comes to the Letcher County Courthouse to help veterans fill out paperwork and apply for benefits.

“I'm just glad that she's here. It's great to be able to have someone you can go and talk to and help you fill this stuff out,” says Jack Hammock, who served in the Korean War.

“My husband was in World War II. He's never got any benefits. He was a P-51 pilot and he got shot down three times,” says Martha Harris.

Now she is trying to get benefits to help with her husband's nursing home bills. Livingston says it's all about helping people like Harris and her husband.

“When did you serve? Are you getting any VA benefits? Are you aware of this? You know, just trying to spread the word,” says Livingston.

“They have given the best part of their lives to us to keep our freedom and then we should turn around and give them the benefit of living out their life in a good way,” says Harris.

It is a continuous effort Livingston tries to live out everyday.

For more information on Veteran’s benefits, call 1-800-827-1000.


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  • by James Location: Magoffin on Sep 16, 2008 at 02:43 PM
    For too many veterans, the government has made applying for benefits as if the veteran is applying for welfare. It is my opinion if a person is a veteran and benefits are available, this veteran has earned what he/she has coming to him/her. If they live on skidrow or in Malibu, what is due him/her should be given no matter what he/she owns or doesn't own, he/she is a veteran and it has already been earned!
  • by Larry B Location: possum trot on Sep 16, 2008 at 08:25 AM
    Don't believe what Mitch McConnell says regarding help for vets.
  • by Frank Location: lex on Sep 16, 2008 at 06:52 AM
    McCain has sold out the vets time and time again, check the record.
  • by Terri Location: east ky on Sep 16, 2008 at 06:15 AM
    John how right you are, it's time to change that in November and we can but not with McCain he's too busy getting richer.
  • by Bill Location: Pike on Sep 16, 2008 at 05:05 AM
    Its all fluff and propaganda,no one helps our Vets.I have a son that has had two back operations and has 4 young childern.Yet they turn thier backs on him.Being a Vet only means there will be no help with problems.Because theres no help just talk.
  • by John Location: Jackson on Sep 16, 2008 at 04:37 AM
    It's really sad to see our lawmakers especially the republicans continously vote against help for our veterans.You would think that McCain would at least be sympathetic but I guess he's too busy supporting big business so he can buy his 10th house.

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