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Man Helped Secure Millions for Vets

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PASCO, Wash. --

A Tri-Cities man has been named one of the top people in the nation for helping veterans.

Steve Prince from the Columbia Basin Veterans Coalition in Pasco helped secure over 3.5 million dollars in disability benefits for local vets in 2011. They work with not only vets from Iraq and Afghanistan.. but also from Vietnam.. even World War II.

The organization is required by the state to work on at least two disability claims monthly to stay accredited, but they handle almost 40 a month because there is such a big need.

Prince helps vets and their spouses fill out the paperwork and sends it to Veterans Affairs. If they are approved for money, they can spend it on whatever they need.

"For a lot of our veterans it goes for helping pay for housing, rent or utilities, gas, or whatever they need," said Prince.

"You meet a lot of guys who have been through traumatic stuff. It's good to be able to help them out anyway you can," said CBVC employee and vet Cory Cleveland.

Prince says he is currently booked with claims through the end of February. If you want to get in touch with Prince or the CBVC, you can stop by their office at 1600 N. 20th Street in Pasco, or call 509-545-6558.