YUMA, Ariz. – Dan Camarena is among the tens of thousands of veterans who suffer from service related disabilities. That was what brought him to the Disabled American Veterans’ chapter in Yuma on Monday.
“I’m here for increased compensation on my VA benefits,” Camarena explained.
Reps from the DAV are in Yuma through Tuesday helping vets like Camarena file disability claims. Keith Titus is a national service officer. He said the majority of men and women he helps suffer from PTSD.
“Many of them are from WWII, Korea, up to the current for in Afghanistan and everything in between. Other injuries are knee conditions, back conditions, a lot of agent orange claims from Vietnam,” Titus said.
DAV reps also offer guidance and advice free of charge. Titus said the nonprofit’s mission is close to his heart. He himself was injured in the line of duty.
“I was in the Marines from July of ‘81 to July of ‘95. I got hit by a grenade fragment during a training exercise, and I’m blind in that eye,” Titus said.
For him, the reward comes from hearing other people’s stories and getting vets like Camerena the help they deserve.
“Veteran’s need this, because me, like a lot of other veterans, we’re not really getting help,” Camarena said.
National DAV reps will be at 954 S 13th Avenue in Yuma again Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Vets from all branches of the military are invited to use their services.