Submitted by Disabled American Veterans

Patricia “Pat” Williams, of Olympia, has been awarded Service Officer of the year by the DAV, Disabled American Veterans, Washington State. State Commander, Cali Mullins, visited the Olympia office of the DAV and presented the Service Officer of the Year award to Pat.

In a ceremony held at the DAV Office on Martin Way in Olympia, Mrs. Williams was commended for being committed to serving the Veterans of our area for five years. She is a veteran herself having served in the U.S. Army for over 20 years.

In Olympia Washington, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 41 helps hundreds of disabled military veterans and their families each year in filing benefit claims with the Veterans Administration. These benefits include VA Disability Compensation, Veteran Pension, Survivors Benefits, Burial Benefits, and Washington State Veteran Benefits. The VA healthcare and financial benefits received can make an important impact to a veteran and their family’s lives.

The clients served are from the Greater Olympia Area and surrounding counties. Military service members nearing retirement and those completing their service can receive VA benefits in the first month of civilian life. For veterans that left the military many years ago, there are no time or age limits when benefits can be claimed. Spouses can file for benefits if the veteran is not able to and surviving spouses can file a claim years after a veterans passing.

DAV Veteran Service Officers are trained volunteers that provide all their services free of charge. Together they have decades of experience in filing veteran claims since 1963. They make the VA filing process simple and less stressful for the clients.

The Olympia DAV office is located at 3535 Martin Way E. Office hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointment is necessary. For more information contact the DAV Chapter 41 at 360.459.7400.

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