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Despite state law, Bell County doesn’t employ veteran service officer

By Jeremy Schwartz - American-Statesman Staff



The sun is still hours from rising when the first veterans arrive at the Killeen Heights Vet Center to line up for help in filing disability claims.

First in line is Elvin Puett, a 63-year-old Army veteran who grabbed his spot at 4 a.m. A week earlier he didn’t arrive until 5:30 a.m. and missed out on meeting with Willie Browning, a volunteer veterans service officer who is known throughout the region for doggedly pursuing veterans’ claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Behind Puett is Diana Proffitt, another 63-year-old Army veteran from Copperas Cove.

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