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October 21, 2013

Disabled American Veterans' Mobile Service Office to Visit LEC

 (Painesville, Ohio) - The Disabled American Veterans' Mobile Service Office will stop at Lake Erie College on October 21 as part of its tour of college campuses. The Mobile Service Office program will be stationed outside of the College Hall from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Mobile Service Office program travels the country providing counseling to veterans and their families and helping them to develop and file claims for benefits. One of the focal points of the program is to reach recently discharged veterans in college who are utilizing the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Bob Mastronicola, Coordinator of Veteran Services, says that there are about 60 GI Bill recipients here at Lake Erie College.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill, which was passed in July 2008, created a new education benefits program for veterans. Some aspects of the bill include tuition provisions, monthly living stipends and stipends for books and supplies. The amount of coverage from the bill is based on a tiered system that takes into account the time spent in active duty.

The Mobile Service Office is the first office of its kind and will travel to colleges and universities in five different states during its college tour. Jacob Drost, national service officer for the Disabled American Veterans, says that the Mobile Service Offices helps veterans of all ages. "The idea of the Mobile Service Office is to get the information about benefits out to veterans while they are young because many of them are not aware of what is entitled to them," says Drost.

The Mobile Service Office offers services free of charge and is open not just to veterans who are in school but also veterans who are interested in learning about different benefits. "Veterans with a veteran service organization have a 40 percent better chance of being successful in receiving benefits," says Drost.

For more information, contact Mastronicola or visit about the Mobile Service Office or Disabled American Veterans, visit


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