Hubert encourages public to remember veterans year-round

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By Janet Robb

TELL CITY - Remember and respect. Those are the most important things anyone can do for veterans, said Wayne Hubert.

A veteran himself, Hubert served three years in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1966. While in the service, he was able to go to get a college education and serve his country. Last year, Hubert found a new way to help fellow veterans by becoming the Perry County Veterans Services officer.

"I wanted to help other veterans and I had more time to do it," he said of why he applied for the job.

A member of Tell City American Legion Post 213, Hubert encourages the public to send veterans his way who need any help and to get involved more than just around holidays like Memorial Day.

"There's a lot more awareness (for veterans) around these times but it tends to wear off afterward," he said, adding that everyone should be aware of the veterans all the time.

Hubert said he helps veterans apply for benefits and claims and acts as a go-between for the Veterans Administration.

The number of veterans helped by this office has increased tremendously, Hubert said. There's more money coming to the county from the VA because more veterans are getting the services they need. However, even though not all veterans qualify for services, most qualify for something, he added.

It's not just one moment or time Hubert said he's been proud to help veterans. "Every time someone gets a claim through, I jump up and down for them," he said. "I feel like we've accomplished something."

Remember and respect veterans, Hubert reiterated. Talk with them, find out their stories, he encourages. "Every veteran has stories and I could listen to them for hours on end," he said.

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