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.

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1741 or malford@thenewsenterprise.com.

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