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DAV Chapter 5 Veterans Service Center

We’re Still Processing Claims during Covid-19. We have made some changes to make our process safer and more efficient on your behalf. We are providing claim service by appointment only. NO UNSCHEDULED WALK-INS.

Need Help with Filing a Service-Connected Disability or Pension Claim?

If you are seeking help with a new claim or appeal and would like to schedule an appointment with a DAV-5 Chapter Service Officer, please answer the following questions that pertain to your situation.

ACTIVE DUTY (180 - 90 days left}

Please contact our DAV transition service officer, Ross Deguzman, to start your Benefits Delivery before Discharge (BDD) claim.  You can email him at rdeguzman@dav.org. In the body of your email include all your personal contact (24/7) information, terminal leave date, separation date, type and condition of discharge. 

VETERANS OR ACTIVE DUTY WITH LESS THAN 90 DAYS                                    

1) Has DAV helped you before? If yes, when?

2) Have you ever filed a claim?

3) Are you receiving compensation now? If so, what is your percentage rating?

4) Are you seeking an increase, or do you want to file for a new condition?

5) Full name and phone number

6) Branch of service

7) Type/character of discharge

8) Month/Day/Year entered active duty and released from active duty

9) City or county where you currently reside

Email your answers to CSO Leif Bentsen at chap5.dav.leif@gmail.com. Leif will respond with information for a successful and smooth appointment.

Clallam and Jefferson County Veterans can contact your local DAV5 service officer:

Port Townsend: CSO Paul Cahill, pecahill@gmail.com.

Port Angeles/Sequim: CSO John Joseph, john2redshoes@gmail.com.

We are staffing the Chapter 5 telephone, 360-373-2397 during our normal business hours, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9am - 2pm. Our operators will be happy to help you with your claim issues.


Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 5, or DAV-5, is the primary veteran service organization that assists all veterans filing VA claims for service-connected disability compensation and pension benefits in Kitsap, Clallam, Mason, and Jefferson Counties. 

During 2020, more than 2,200 veterans or family members visited the DAV-5 Bremerton office for help. 

We’re open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 9 am to 2 pm.  Closed on national holidays. Monthly chapter and auxiliary meetings are at noon on the 1st Saturday of the month, with a potluck lunch after the meetings. 

DAV Chapter 5 and the Auxiliary are located at 4980 Auto Center Way. We have plenty of off-street parking. The West Bremerton Transit Center is a short walk away, and we’re on Kitsap Transit Route #20.


What does DAV-5 Do?

Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 5, is an all-volunteer group of people who are skilled at helping veterans and family members receive compensation for their service-related disabilities.  Read more...


Does DAV-5 Help Families?

Yes!  We regularly work with the family members of veterans. If you would like more information, please contact us at 360.373.2397 or davwa05@hotmail.com.


Does this work have a positive Impact on the community?

Absolutely. According to VA data, VA annually pays out around $250 million to veterans in our four county area for service-connected disabilities and pensions. We estimate that we are a large influence in getting those benefits to veterans based on the volume of applicants we’ve seen over the years.