I was very honored to be invited on the board for the Valley Veterans Service Center. I have sat on other boards over the years and have never participated in a more well run, efficient, genuine non-profit. As a veteran myself, I know how daunting dealing with the VA can be. Our organization helps veterans navigate the system and obtain much needed and deserved benefits. I am continually amazed by how effective Rob Embree, our one staff member, is in providing assistance to so many veterans in Ravalli County. I've never seen an organization as small as ours provide so much benefit to so many in such a cost effective manner. I'm proud to support this organization.
I have the watched the Valley Veterans Service Center in Hamilton, MT, grow from the idea of a few local vets who wanted to help their fellow veterans in 2006 to a vital local service organization in 2010 with a state and even national reputation for quickly, compassionately and effectively serving veterans who need help of any kind -- from groceries, shelter, or counseling to assistance in accessing much-deserved VA benefits they had, in many cases, hesitated to file or given up on ever receiving. Since its opening in 2006, this rural center in Ravalli County MT, has assisted an average of 9 vets per day five days a week. A few years ago former VA Secretary Peak honored the VVA by naming it a national frontier test site for a evaluating the effectiveness of teleconference technology in addressing the needs of rural veterans. Even more important, VVA volunteers and now a certified claims agent on staff -- all veterans themselves who know the frustrations of working with the VA system all too well -- have doggedly pursued and consistently achieved unusually rapid turn-around times on completion of veterans'claims. This small, committed veterans' service organization has already changed several thousand deserving lives for the better. I am proud to support it.
I was recommended to see if the Valley Veterans Service Center could be of help with hearing problems I have. The staff was very helpful and worked with me on filing paperwork and setting me up with a hearing specialist, and working with responses to the government, and helping me thru the process. Rob and Ron did offer much help and guidance, and were always ready to help me or others I met who came in for various reasons. All of this they did for no charge, and just wanted to help. They also do much for vets with more serious problems or those who may need help in finding financial relief or some that don't have a place to stay, or transportation to medical appointments.
This org is a nonprofit that uses all their donations for VETERANS services and service is the name of the game. They will go to bat with any veteran for his benefits he/she has coming. They will go all the way to Washington to assist and never quit no matter how though it gets. They are the REAL DEAL for veterans. Veterans helping Veterans. I can never give them enough credit.
The Valley Veterans Service Center is a one stop office for all veterans needs. The office has one full time employe, Rob Embree who is a Veterans Claims Agent. Through donations from the local communityu and small grants, the Valleyu Veterans Service Center has helped hundreds of veterans file successful claims with the VA. The office also assisted veterans in obtaining counseling for veterans with PTSD, medical assistance, death benefits for families of veterans, educations benefits and housing.