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Veterans focusing on disability information

The focus this month is on the need for all veterans whose current disability rating is 60 percent or above to contact the Veterans’ Services office.

Veterans’ Services needs to talk to these veterans because any improvement in their rating may have substantial financial benefits. Getting enrolled in VA medical could totally change Plan B Medicare costs.

Successful claims can be life-changing. It is important to veterans and their spouses to find out just where they stand. Drop in at the VSO or call for an appointment at 541-506-2502.

Also of interest:

• Stopping benefits. It is important to notify the VA immediately when a veteran (or dependent) dies so their benefits are properly stopped. In many cases, the spouse can file a claim on their own, but collecting the veteran’s compensation or pension check is illegal.

• Purple Heart. Veterans who are combat-wounded are invited to become an active member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Contact Patrick at 541-506-2602.

• eBenefits. All veterans are encouraged to sign up for eBenefits. You can sign up yourself or visit Veterans’ Services on Wednesday, Thursdays or Fridays for assistance.

• Help received. Point Man Ministries came forward with some much-needed help by donating gas and grocery gift cards to be dispensed to veterans in need of immediate assistance. This is a good way for groups or individuals to help local veterans and their families. Contact Jim of the Veterans Ad Hoc Committee at 503-318-2559 for information on how to donate.

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