Hometown Hero: Wiley Willis

Wiley Willis began the Brownsville Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans 32 years ago with just 10 people. Now it has over 300 members.

"I'm a veteran of all the major campaigns from Omaha Beach on through into Germany and the Battle of the Bulge. There were five major campaigns and I managed to get through all of them,” Willis said.

After being awarded numerous medals including the Purple Heart and Silver Star, Wiley has been filing claims for other South Central Kentucky veterans for the last 30 years.

"I'm one of them. I'm one of the old ones and I know what they need," Willis said.

He volunteers his time to help veterans receive disability compensation, their pensions, and even provides helps for widows and dependents.

"It's all for free I don't even get paid for a cup of coffee.”

The veterans Wiley works with said he takes them under his wing and can sense when their down or upset.

"As far as I'm concerned I have the best commander in any chapter across this country, in any nation,” said Ben Durbin, a Vietnam Veteran.

The Brownsville Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans is a non-profit organization. All of the members fees are used to help renovated the building. They also hold fish fries and pancake breakfasts to raise additional money for the maintenance costs.

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