The local chapter of the Disabled Veterans of America finally has a new home.
Since March, they've been looking for a new location. A donation by the Alfred J. Saliba Group put them in a temporary location at Mixon Center, on West Main Street in Dothan.
Commander Arthur Miller, of Chapter 87, DAV said, “David called me up a week before last and said, ‘hey, we've got an office we're willing to give you guys free of charge for the next six months to help these veterans’.”
The DAV office handles claims for veterans, provides counseling, gives referrals and runs a community food pantry.
All the services are free and the chapter service officers volunteer their time.
Vietnam War Veteran James Crowe said, “Those veterans may go a lifetime without actually achieving those benefits they've so earned; that's our main purpose for being here, to be available, to let them know what is available for them.”
DAV volunteers say they're hoping for a more permanent office in the near future. They would like to call the old federal courthouse home.
“It hasn't been used in over three years and the city is going to get that or the county, whichever the government decides to give it to; then in turn, they're going to lease it to us 10 years with a 10 year option for us to utilize as a semi-permanent home,” Miller added.
It’s a mission to help those who have so bravely served our country.
For more information about the DAV services, you can call them at 836-0217.