The Department of Veterans Affairs is partnering with Eufaula/Canadian Tribal Town to host a VA claims event to identify and assist veterans who may have presumptive disabilities and who might be eligible for a VA pension. The event will be from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. July 23, Eufaula Indian Community Building, 800 Birkes Road, Eufaula. This event is free.

A presumptive disability is a condition that VA presumes is related to military service, although the condition may first appear after discharge from the military. These conditions may qualify individuals for VA compensation payments.

“With the focus on veterans with presumptive disabilities and those who are pension eligible, VA is hopeful we can help Indian Country veterans access the full range of benefits they have courageously earned through their service,” said Director Stephanie Birdwell, VA’s Office of Tribal Government Relations. 

Among the services offered during these one-day events are Social Security assistance, help with VA benefits claims, and VA medical center enrollment.

Recently, VA launched a nationwide campaign called “Your Service. Our Mission: Bringing VA Benefits Home” to reach out to tribal communities and hold VA claims events.

“We realize that reaching these veterans and their spouses could have a direct, tangible impact on their lives,” Birdwell said. “This will help VA enhance and improve the experience for all veterans and their families.”

Veterans, spouses, and widows who are interested in attending this event are asked to bring the following documents to expedite their claims:

• Medical records or medical evidence (e.g., doctor or hospital reports).

• Any documents that provide historical or military information needed for the disability being claiming.

• Discharge or separation papers (DD214 or equivalent).

• Dependent records (e.g., marriage, death, or child birth certificates).

Spouses and widows may be eligible for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation when a veteran dies because of these presumptive disabilities.

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