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Veterans' services office on wheels rolls into North Country

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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -

Veterans in the Plattsburgh area get an annual visit from the Disabled American Veterans office on wheels.

"I hope they can find out why it's taking so long," said John Diabo, a Vietnam veteran.

Diabo hopes the DAV helps get him his health benefits he's filed with Veterans Affairs.

"All my paperwork was done, completed," he said. "It's been one year and three months since I applied for it."

Diabo was one of dozens who came to visit the DAV. While the VA clinic in Plattsburgh helps nearly 2,000 vets with their medical needs, the DAV supports vets in other ways.

"I'm more focused on the Veteran Benefit Administration, and they're the people who make decisions about disabilities that are related to service," said William Gibney of the DAV.

The mobile veteran service provides assistance and answers for veterans in the areas it visits, from finding employment to medical benefits, the nonprofit is dedicated to helping the wartime wounded.

"Wherever there's a VA regional office, there's a DAV national service office," Gibney said.

The mobile service provides care for the veterans who are not up to making the trip to the veteran offices in Albany. According to the VA, they partner with the DAV and will pay for things like office space and gas for the mobile service office.

"I find there are so many veterans who are entitled to receive benefits but are not receiving benefits because they never claimed them," Gibney said.

Gibney says the DAV is 100 percent funded by donations, mostly from vets.

The DAV will make stops in Queensbury for the next few days, rounding out its annual trip to the North Country.

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