American Legion National Service Officer:

Accredited American Legion service officers are specially trained to provide expert assistance, free of charge, to veterans and their families. While the majority of a service officer’s work involves application for VA disability benefits, these compassionate professionals also provide information, referrals and resources on education, employment and business, death benefits and other important topics. Service officers can provide answers on GI Bill benefits or offer directions to state, federal or school officials who can help.

 Milton A. Willis Jr
American Legion DSO
215 North Main ST
White River JCT, VT 05009
Phone: 802-296-5166
Fax: 802-291-6266
Email: milt.willis@va.gov

 Vietnam Veterans of America:

Anthony Paige,   Service Officer
Vietnam Veterans of America PO Box 1466
White River Junction, VT 05001
Phone:  (603) 499-2122
Fax:  (603) 355-3833
Email:  paigevet@earthlink.net

RUCK-UP, Inc. — Veterans Claims Assistance and Advocate

Although based in New Hampshire, Anthony (AJ) Paige is a Vietnam Veterans of America certified Claims Officer with a significant history representing veterans with outstanding claims with the Veterans Administration. AJ is a clinical mental health provider with specialized skills in counseling to Veterans with PTSD and combat trauma; ultimately responsible for the management of a stand-alone federal contract & program for 105 Veterans. His focus is on a population that primarily deals with “crisis” PTSD, but also works with persons who have a variety of mental health diagnosis and issues, and with persons who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless. His job includes coordination with other agencies for other emergency services, multi-axial assessment, individual counseling, crisis intervention, and clinical coordination with the VA Medical Centers for Medication Management, case management and analysis. He is clinically approved for group and individual counseling work with adults and families with supportive counseling/coaching which will include interaction with individual/agencies to secure stable housing so that the individual can better manage his/her mental illness.

Ruck-Up’s stated mission:

“We …. hereby associate and pledge to reach out to Veterans of Good Service, peacetime or war, active and reserve component; for the purposes of advocacy, consulting, mentoring, aiding in time of need and strengthening by association, Veterans who are in crisis, disabled, or homeless. The goal of Ruck-Up, Inc., shall focus on helping those Veterans in crisis or need, and help solve financial, physical, or advocacy needs that cannot be met by means of mainstream Veteran’s Organizations, or the Veteran’s Administration alone; in the areas of Southern New Hampshire, Southern Vermont and Western Massachusetts.”

Serving the needs of a VT Veteran’s Service Organization, as well as all Vets, with a focus on counseling, representation, and advocacy when dealing with the Veteran’s
Administration, and the individual’s claims for service connection, treatment, or benefits. Position requires intensive knowledge of Veteran’s law under titles 31 & 38 CFR, access to agencies, and often requires legal case brief filing with the Federal Board of Veterans Appeals in Washington, DC. In just over 11 years, have successfully prosecuted more than 3595 cases; winning back more than $31,872,081 in benefits for Veterans from the Government.

To contact Ruck-Up:
42 Upper Knight St.
Keene, NH 03431
Phone: (603-903-1255 or 1257 Email: ruckup@eathlink.net

 VT Office of Veterans Affairs:

Located at 118 State St, Montpelier, VT 05620-4401; phone 888-666-9844 (toll free) or 802-828-3379; fax to 802-828-3379;

www.veterans.vermont.gov/ova

Vermont Veterans Home:

Located at 325 North St, Bennington, VT 05201; phone 802-442-6353; email vvh-admissions@state.vt.us

Veterans Affairs (VA) Outpatient Clinics:

Burlington Lakeside Avenue VA Outpatient Clinic

128 Lakeside Avenue
Burlington, VT 054701
Phone: 802-657-7000

 Keene Outpatient Clinic

640 Marlboro Street, Route 101
Keene, NH 03431
Phone: 603-358-4900
Fax: 603-358-4977

Littleton, NH Community Based Outpatient Clinic

685 Meadow St, Suite 4
Littleton, NH 03561
Phone: 603-444-1323
Fax: 603-444-1324

Newport Community Based Outpatient Clinic

1734 Crawford Farm Rd.
Newport, VT 05855
Phone: 802-334-9700
Fax: 802-334-9777

 Rutland Community Based Outpatient Clinic

232 West St.
Rutland, VT 05701
Phone: 802-772-2300
Fax: 802-772-2377

Veterans Affairs (VA) Regional Office:

The Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Regional Office White River Junction, is considered to be “at the cross roads of Vermont” nestled within the Upper Connecticut River Valley.  Sharing a campus with the VA Medical Center enables veterans and their beneficiaries easy access to the both health care and benefits.

The Regional Office employs 16 employees administering approximately seven million dollars in benefits a month to veterans and their dependents in Vermont and Canada.  

While White River enjoys being the smallest Regional Office it doesn’t lack for quantity or quality, offering benefit information from Education, Insurance, Home Loan Guaranty, and Disability Compensation and Pension.

 Located at:  215 North Main ST, White River JCT, VT 05009

phone (toll free) 866-687-8387

Disabled American Veterans: 

National Service Office located at the White River Jct. Veterans Affairs Regional Office, phone 802-296-5167, www.dav.org/

Mesothelioma Center

www.asbestos.com

My name is Rose Smith and I am a member of the Public Outreach Department for the Mesothelioma Center (Asbestos.com); an organization devoted to assisting veterans. As you might know, countless veterans are currently suffering from life-threatening illnesses that are a result of exposure to asbestos, a material that was commonly used in hundreds of military applications, products, and ships because of its resistance to fire.

The Mesothelioma Center provides a complete list of occupations, ships, and shipyards that could have put our Veterans at risk for developing asbestos-related diseases.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, rsmith@asbestos.com.

Veterans of the US military account for nearly a third of all mesothelioma diagnoses — and those veterans qualify for special financial benefits from the Veterans Administration (VA).  Veterans are a special group. Unfortunately, these men and women are at higher risk today than the general population for developing an asbestos-related illness like mesothelioma cancer. This is a result of the military’s past reliance on asbestos, the primary cause of the disease, and the civilian jobs these veterans performed when they left the service.

Our Veterans Department is committed to helping veterans file asbestos-related claims with the VA. The experienced Veterans Counselor team is fully accredited by the VA to assist veterans in filing for VA benefits and appeals related to asbestos illnesses.  Veterans are important to the Mesothelioma Center because they represent a high-risk group for asbestos exposure and, in turn, for developing mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer and asbestosis. Our staff is intimately familiar with the overwhelming number of asbestos parts and products that for years were used in the construction and maintenance of U.S. military ships, planes, living quarters and working facilities. Their job descriptions are simple: help veterans in need.

The Veterans Department at The Mesothelioma Center delivers help in a number of areas that give direct benefits to veterans and their families. We are expert at dealing with asbestos claims. Among the benefits of working with us:

•  Help getting extra financial benefits from the VA.
• Help with VA claims that were denied before.
• Help with the confusion, often-misunderstood world of VA paperwork.
• Help writing detailed and effective asbestos summaries.

Congressional Representatives:

 Senator Patrick Leahy:

 www.leahy.senate.gov

199 Main Street, 4th Floor, Burlington, VT 05401, phone (802) 863-2525 or (800) 642-3193

Senator Bernard Sanders:

 www.sanders.senate.gov

1 Church Street, Burlington, VT 05401, phone (802) 862-0697 or (800) 339-9834

Congressman Peter Welch:

www.welch.house.gov

      125 Lakeside Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401, phone (802) 652-2450 or (888) 605-7270

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