Disabled Veterans Aid Maryland Tornado Victims

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
Monday, 13 May 2002

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) has dispatched one of its Mobile Service Offices (MSOs) to assist veterans and their families who were victims of the deadly tornado that ripped through Southern Maryland, April 28.

DAV National Service Officers have been providing disaster relief assistance to veterans and their families and survivors through the crisis. So far, more than 50 checks for emergency assistance have been given to veterans' families. Among those is Susan Erickson of Waldorf, whose husband, William G. Erickson Jr., 51, was killed when the home they were building in La Plata, Md., was totally destroyed by the twister. Both Mrs. Erickson's arms were broken when the house collapsed around them.

The nonprofit DAV began deploying a fleet of specially equipped offices on wheels last year as part of its nationwide outreach efforts to assist veterans and their families get the help they need in filing for disability compensation and other earned benefits. These distinctively decorated vans are staffed by highly trained, professional veterans benefits counselors traveling to small towns and rural communities all across America.

Last year the DAV deployed two of its MSOs near the ruins of the World Trade Center and the crash site at the Pentagon to assist veterans and their families recover from the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. More than 450 emergency relief checks were provided to veterans' families.

For more information, or to contact Disabled American Veterans (DAV), see their website at: www.dav.org

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