Civilian works quietly behind the scenes to help veterans

Veterans' Advocate


When Dorothy Walsh found out that a World War II veteran needed medical attention but had never sought help from the Department of Veterans Affairs, she acted.

It is only one example of the veterans and others for whom she often seeks help. I sometimes hear of her taking a veteran to see a doctor, finding them the help they might need or seeking to find resources for a homeless person.

She said some of the veterans she encounters are not registered with the VA even though they should.

“They don’t even realize they are eligible,” she said.

Walsh has found that the Viera VA Outpatient Clinic has given good service to the veterans she has referred or taken there.

I have known Walsh for several years through covering veterans’ stories and thought she was a military veteran because of her involvement with different groups and because of her advocacy for veterans. She is not a veteran, but has strong ties with veterans’ organizations. She is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary and other groups.

She knows she can get help for veterans in need through one of the local veterans’ organization or veterans advocacy groups.

“I reach out and these groups step up,” she said.

After years of being involved in helping others, Walsh now is looking to start an advocacy group that will assist veterans and others.

“I’m putting together an advocacy group to help those in need,” she said. “Veterans will be the focus, but it will also help women and children.”

Walsh, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in human services, said she has started the application and paperwork process for her advocacy organization. She also recently completed training as a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate.

She said her group will not compete with any other groups, but she seeks to work with other organizations with similar goals.

Walsh is to be commended for her work to help others in need.