Free legal advice helps veterans work through disability and VA claims

Updated: 08/20/2014 8:05 PM | Created: 08/20/2014 7:57 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4

FARMINGTON - There is a lot of frustration expressed by veterans of the armed forces. They say Veterans Affairs and the US Government "don't care." Claude Coberly is one veteran who says he's at the end of his rope.

"I have applied to get my benefits raised, and I keep getting disapproved through the VA," Coberly said.

The Navy veteran served for ten years.

"I have applied for disability; I do receive disability already because of PTSD and prostate cancer through Agent Orange."

But Wednesday, he got some good news.

"I found out just today that if I had done this just a little differently, I probably wouldn't be down here right now."

Coberly, along with about 40 other veterans, got legal questions answered for free Wednesday in an event organized by DNA Legal Services.

The organization also brought in reps from the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange and the VA Health Care System, among others.

"I drove 160 miles to come to this event - it was worth every mile," said Bill Kellogg, who traveled from Fort Defiance, Arizona with questions about his disability status.

"I didn't think it would do any good, but man, they have solved all the questions I have had concerning the VA," Kellogg said.

DNA Legal Services says today's event was such a success that they're going to plan more of them.

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