The Mobile Veteran’s Affairs Clinic from Memphis will be on campus Oct. 26 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., to serve all veterans on campus and in the community, students, faculty and staff. The VA will be providing all services found at the Memphis VA on campus in the Capt. Brent Morel Memorial Veterans Lounge, Room 232 of the University Center.
Services such as assistance with disability claims, health insurance, mental health services, educational benefits, eBenefits, myhealthyvet and much more will be provided for veterans. The VA will even be able to put veterans status on driver’s licenses. Each veteran must bring a copy of their DD214, or Certificate of Discharge from Active Duty, in order to receive benefits from the mobile VA. Without a copy of the DD214, veterans cannot legally be helped.
The Skyhawk Veteran Association is hosting the Mobile VA and is hoping to serve at least 200 veterans. Johnny Dyer, the Veterans Service Coordinator, hopes to see many veterans take advantage this opportunity as most cannot make the trip to Memphis or Marion, Illinois, the two closest hospitals. “The university cares about the needs for all veterans not just student veterans. Being a veteran friendly campus is much more than saying you support veterans. Veterans are not looking for handouts. They are only looking for promises that were made to them.”
“It shows UTM’s commitment to not only student veterans, but all of veterans here in northwest Tennessee,” said United States Marine and senior Political Science major, Marcus VanCleave. “UTM is trying to set a precedent on how veterans should be taken care of, especially in rural areas like here.”
West Tennessee Legal Services will also be here to provide any legal help they can given the veteran brings their paperwork.
The mobile hospital will be set up on the second floor of the University Center with SVA members to usher veterans inside.
As a designated veteran friendly campus, UTM and the SVA is dedicated to serving all veterans on campus and in northwest Tennessee and hopes this event will provide a means to outreach to veterans in need.