VA hosts veterans town hall meeting in Petal - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

VA hosts veterans town hall meeting in Petal

A veterans town hall meeting was held at the Petal Civic Center Wednesday. Photo credit WDAM. A veterans town hall meeting was held at the Petal Civic Center Wednesday. Photo credit WDAM.
PETAL, MS (WDAM) -

Petal-area veterans with concerns about VA benefits and services met one-on-one with officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs Wednesday morning. 

The VA hosted a town hall meeting at the Petal Civic Center.

Veterans and family members were invited to sit down with VA representatives and ask questions about healthcare or other services.

Organizers said similar town halls are held across the state periodically. 

"They have claims about their disabilities, sometimes, they don't even have claims, they just want to know what can they do and we're here to educate them and help them even prepare claims," said Darryl Brady, director of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Jackson.  

Several veterans said the town hall was a big help to them.

"I was called to active duty during the Berlin crisis, so I don't know what my benefits are and wanted some update on the benefits," said Charles Boros, who served in the Army. 

"It's great, because I'm disabled," said Lisa Greene, another Army veteran. "I'm sure it means a lot to the other veterans that are here." 

"It makes you feel that they care about you when they come to the community instead of going to Jackson to Veterans Affairs," said John Clayton, an Air Force veteran. 

It was the second VA Town Hall held in Petal this year. 

Copyright 2017 WDAM. All rights reserved. 

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • 110th Anniversary: Purvis tornado April 24, 1908

    110th Anniversary: Purvis tornado April 24, 1908

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 12:30 PM EDT2018-04-24 16:30:33 GMT
    Flattened buildings after a tornado struck Purvis in 1908.Flattened buildings after a tornado struck Purvis in 1908.

    It's been 103 years since the deadly tornado came through the city of Purvis. On Friday, April 24, 1908, a series of storms left a line of destruction through parts of Louisiana and Mississippi.  According to a report from the McCain Library of Archives at the University of Southern Mississippi, shortly before 2:00 p.m. the clouds took a funnel shape and began to move toward the town. Reports vary about the time the storm actually struck the town; some say 2:13 p.m. while o...

    More >>

    It's been 103 years since the deadly tornado came through the city of Purvis. On Friday, April 24, 1908, a series of storms left a line of destruction through parts of Louisiana and Mississippi.  According to a report from the McCain Library of Archives at the University of Southern Mississippi, shortly before 2:00 p.m. the clouds took a funnel shape and began to move toward the town. Reports vary about the time the storm actually struck the town; some say 2:13 p.m. while o...

    More >>
  • USM ready for rematch with South Alabama

    USM ready for rematch with South Alabama

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 10:17 AM EDT2018-04-24 14:17:09 GMT
    USM head coach Scott Berry. Courtesy: WDAMUSM head coach Scott Berry. Courtesy: WDAM

    It didn’t take long for Nick Sandlin to capture another award following his return to the mound for USM. The junior was named Conference USA pitcher of the week and a Collegiate Baseball player of the week for the third time this season. Sandlin pitched 12 strikeouts and allowed just one hit in five innings of USM’s 8-0 win over Middle Tennessee on Saturday. Junior Adam Jackson is expected to take the mound on Tuesday night when the Golden Eagles host South Alabama.

    More >>

    It didn’t take long for Nick Sandlin to capture another award following his return to the mound for USM. The junior was named Conference USA pitcher of the week and a Collegiate Baseball player of the week for the third time this season. Sandlin pitched 12 strikeouts and allowed just one hit in five innings of USM’s 8-0 win over Middle Tennessee on Saturday. Junior Adam Jackson is expected to take the mound on Tuesday night when the Golden Eagles host South Alabama.

    More >>
  • From QB to RB - USM sophomore Steven Anderson making moves

    From QB to RB - USM sophomore Steven Anderson making moves

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 12:27 AM EDT2018-04-24 04:27:53 GMT
    USM sophomore running back Steven Anderson. Courtesy: WDAMUSM sophomore running back Steven Anderson. Courtesy: WDAM
    USM sophomore running back Steven Anderson. Courtesy: WDAMUSM sophomore running back Steven Anderson. Courtesy: WDAM

    Though soft-spoken, Steven Anderson hits hard. A "violent" runner as Southern Miss teammate Keon Howard describes him, perhaps Anderson is making up for all those years spent at quarterback. "Steven runs like he doesn't want to be hit no more,” Howard said.

    More >>

    Though soft-spoken, Steven Anderson hits hard. A "violent" runner as Southern Miss teammate Keon Howard describes him, perhaps Anderson is making up for all those years spent at quarterback. "Steven runs like he doesn't want to be hit no more,” Howard said.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly