Bowls were filled with a variety of steaming chili Saturday evening at Colvin Community Center in Radcliff as the Disabled American Veterans Radcliff Chapter No. 156 hosted its annual chili supper and auction.
All donations received go to giving scholarships to children of veterans to help them further their college education.
“This is our primary fundraiser for scholarships,” member Lt. Col. Terri Owens (retired) said, noting the event also is a time for people to socialize with one another and learn more about the organization.
Veteran and attorney Karl Truman was the guest speaker for the event. Truman’s legal career began in 1987 when he earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Louisville. In 1991, he started the Karl Truman Law Office, which serves clients of the greater Louisville and Jeffersonville, Indiana, areas. Among other accolades, Truman is accredited to represent veterans before the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Truman spoke Saturday with attendees at the dinner about personal injury law and Medicare and Social Security benefits. Owens said Truman also spoke about the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, which was signed into law earlier this year.
The legislation extends disability benefits covering medical conditions associated with Agent Orange exposure to those who served on ships off the coast of Vietnam, known as “Blue Water” U.S. Navy veterans.
“Now they can claim those benefits, where they couldn’t before,” Owens said.
Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, information regarding that also was dispersed at the meeting. Information also was shared on Alzheimer’s disease.
Owens said they hoped to raise $1,000 from Saturday’s event.
“What we really want to do every year is increase the amount we give as a scholarship,” she said, noting they typically give two $500 scholarships.
This year, they want to give two $1,000 scholarships.
Jeanette Stephens, who was present at Saturday’s supper, said she always supports the DAV, noting her husband is disabled veteran.
“I always come to support them,” she said. “They do a lot of good things and provide a lot of good information. Very valuable to the community.”
The organization meets at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of every month at Colvin Community Center.
The chapter service officers work in a basement office of Radcliff City Hall in support of veterans and their spouses inquiring about their benefits, submitting military service related claims and applying for financial assistance for rent, food, utilities, gas, sundry items and vehicular repair, Owens said.
For those who missed the chili supper and auction but want to donate to the DAV or want more information about the organization, go to the DAV Chapter 156 Radcliff Facebook page. Donations are accepted year round.