Veterans advocate for other veterans

By Brittany Pieper – email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) –Engines roared and people cheered to honor the many veterans in the Shreveport Bossier community Saturday at the Veterans for Veterans biker event.

"We're having a freedom ride, and a freedom ride is just to show that we appreciate our freedom and what our vets have done for us," said event organizer, Theresa Sullivan.

About 400 bikers rode with American flags to show their support. Among the veterans honored, stood 91-year-old Corporal Steve Depyssler. He enrolled in the service in 1940.

"I was in world war II. I was in Korea. I was in the French Indo China war, which most Americans don't even know there was such a war. I was in Vietnam, and then my career I was with the C.I.A. in Washington in the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations," said Depyssler.

Now he spends his time working to make sure Veterans get the benefits they're entitled to. He says there are 23 million vets, and only about a third of them are getting the benefits they deserve.

"With their casualties. With their claims. With their health. With their other benefits. VA loan homes. There's all kinds of benefits they don't know about," he said.

At the event, Depyssler encouraged all veterans to contact the VA Service Officer in their area to see what benefits they might qualify for.

Event organizers hope to make about $15,000. That money will go to voluntary services at the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center.

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