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THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28; 2015 i . i _ - . i - i i i i T i i - i i i i .i .I .i ,I .i "&apos;J i - . i i Page 3 " .,Walsh County 'l.l  >-.. ,, Spotlight        l  The merchants below are -": , ' . proud to announce: Groundhog DayWaffle and Sausage Supper, ' "    "e" I ' ' " : "Park River ; Thel-7th Annual Groundhog DayWaffle & ...... -SausageSupper will take place at Our :: Saviour's-Lutheran Church on Monday, Feb. ............  : ' ................. 2 from 5-7 pm. i Interested in becoming a Spotlight sponsor? .. Contact the Press at 701-284-6333 COUNTY SS Park River PO Box 49 284-6333 Park River 301 C0iJnty Road 12B! 284-7115 %k.,ver ., Im lement i 284-6316 ..... Par..,ver- jFIRST UNI Adams ~ 944-2231 Graffon - 352-3668 , TED Michigan ~ 259-2112 . Bank&lnsurance Hoo#e . 894-6123 Crystal 657-2168 110 4th St. E Park River Pembina County and Walsh County Job Development Authorities 2015 Business Training Series 284-7221 Jim's Super Valu 101 3rd St. W Park River r, I 284-6433- For all your dinner needs! Elec00r/ "Where Quality is Standard" RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAl. NEW WORK OR REMOOEt EMERGENCY ERVICE AVAILABLE gaIII 101-331-1519 Scott Wedel, Owner saelectric. 14@g mail .corn Veterans Ave. S, Park River, ND ] ) r I Gift Card!l! 12 mo. LeaSe Signing, Cai[ Sam @ 701'331,2939  , i', L.,'essionally Manag by I 1 -- toll free TTY: 1'800-366'6888 ,..:, :.. ,,.., . .... , EHO :.=:. ! ii ii ParTU y FOR THE TROOPS -Walsh County Veterans Service Office 2015 god for VA baddog 0000ears outof reach The Veterans Affairs Department zero an elusive goal, boasted another dramatic drop in its "And getting to zero is still im- backlog of benefits claims in 2014, portant, because it's a promise that but will need an extra boost in was made to veterans," said Maf- coming months to meet its goal of fucci, who tracks the department's zeroing out the payout delays by the progress each week on the IAVA end of 2015 website. "Our members still tell us The backlog -- the number of this is one of their top concems. first-timeVAbenefits claims unre- Keeping that promise still mat- solved for more than four months-- ters." sits at around 245,000 cases, ac-- As part of their budget agreement cording to departmental data. That's in December, lawmakers allottedan down more than 160,000 cases in extra $40 million in VA funds for 2014 and more than 250,000 cases new backlog-related initiatives, in- since the start of 2013. cluding digital scanning of claims, But despite that solid progress, VA hiring additional claims processors workers are still not on pace to ful- in regional offices, bolstering new ly eliminate the backlog by the mail and coordination projects. end of next year, a goal long prom- They also added about $11 million ised by department officials, to the VA budget request for the "I think they can get close, but I Board of Veterans Appeals to ad- don't think they can get to zero," said dress the next disability claims Jackie Maffucci, research director problem: the appeals backlog. for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of Since the first-time claims back- America. "Just looking at the num- log began dropping, the number of bers, it's doubtful." appeals has risen steadily, from After two years of intense focus ' about 245,000 cases in March 2013 Photos: Submitted from lawmakers and critics, atten- to more than 287,000 cases Top: Dam/I Hell is presented an award by Park River Poslmaster Jeane tion on the claims backlog has today. waned since early 2014. Worries ' VA officials have said that's due to Flaleninre0ognilionof25yeaBofseMoe.Bot10m:Healsoredevedaplaque about the thousands of veterans aiarger number of cases coming in, for becoming a part of the "One Million Mile Club" waiting for disability payouts were ' not a reflection of first-time claims overtaken by wornes about lengthy being shifted into the appeals pile. - ._-..n ,-. ,,,, .--.  - .............. -----: -:-.=- _-- care delays at VA medical centers Still, with appeals cases taking sev- and data manipulation by depart- eral years to complete, on average, all kinds of weather and face daily hazards on their routes," Flaten ex- ment officials, scandals that forced veterans groups have raised con- plained. "So, to drive a million miles without an accident is a tremen- the resignation of former VA Sec- ceres about that rising total, dous accomplishment. He stands as great example not only to our work- retary Eric Shinseki. The first-time claims backlog has force, but to drivers everywhere." In recent remarks, new VA Sec- remained stalled since early No- ..... retary Bob McDonald has reaf- vember, which mirrors similar hal- firmed the promise to not only idayslowdownsforVAprocessors 36 products collected at zero out the backlog, but improve in recent years. the process to prevent future delays The deparent will need to make " in processingclaims, more progressinJanuaryandFeb- Drayton BloodDrive VA workers completed more than ' maryto reach its zero goal by next 1.3 million compensation and pen- December. sion claims in fiscal 2014, a new Ifyouhave any questions or con- DRAYTON, N.D. -- The record. Over the last two years, of- ' ceres you can call the Walsh Coun- American Legion and American ficials have used a combination of ty Veterans Service Office at 701- Legion Auxiliary have sponsored digital innovations, new software 352-5030 or stop by for a visit at 638 another successful blood drive. - - .  Cooper Avenue Suite 5 Grafton, The blood drive was held in Dray- ana worker overttme to aggres- backlog to/ ;" ..... ,- [ : '" : l'  } ; ':  1 sivelyWhittle down!he ton on Janum T 12th, According to i/.al.  /-,. ......   -3 ....... =;iUsSo:-FedetVeteransNeWByLeoSe Katie B artelson,. Donor Recruit- But the enormityoftheworkload: -,eI; it, Times StaffWriter ; ment Representative at United -- Maffucci says she sees no signs ..... Blood Services, "Drayton had a Chris Kratochvil * Walsh County good tumout. Out of 29 people of a near-term drop in the number of incoming claims -- and the size of a backlog that peaked above 610,000 cases in March 2013 make By Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, I'm about to sign up for Medicare Part A and B and wouM like to find out what they don't cover so I can avoid any unexpected costs down the road. Almost 65 Dear Almost, While Medicare covers a wide ar- ray of health care services, it cer- tainly doesn't cover everything. If you need or want certain services that aren't covered, you'll have to pay for them yourself unless you have other insurance or you're in a Medicare Advantage health plan, which may cover some of these services. Here's a rundown of what original Medicare generally does not cover. Alternative medicine: This in- cludes acupuncture or chiropractic services (except to fix subluxation of the spine), and other types of al- ternative or complementary care. Veterans Service Officer who volunteered to donate, 27 Administrative Building, 638 were able to give. Nine people Cooper AveSte5, Grafion gave blood on the automated 2RBC machine which collects two units of red blood cells during the donation, so a total of 36 products were collected." Kristi Scharmer coordinated the drive. The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary spon- sored the drive and assisted with recruiting donors, publicity, pro- viding refreshments, and register- Cosmetic surgery: Elective cos- metic procedures are not covered, however, certain surgeries may be if necessary to fix a malformation. For example, breast prostheses are covered if you had a mastectomy due to breast cancer. Long-term care: This includes nursing home care, the costs of as- sisted living facilities and adult day care. Medicare does, however, help pay up to 100 days of skilled nurs- . ing or rehabilitation care immedi- ately following a three-day inpatient hospital stay. Personal care: The cost of hiring help for bathing, toileting and dress- , ing are not covered unless you are homebound and are also receiving * skilled nursing care. 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Ve.'.ll" )i ]3rlu-5,gl(lllill 'NJ)t.'rlCllt:C Ill IOtll'i.llt IlClkllCd CI[C; [tlld/Or illrkctlll . tl; t'.qt11 tllclll COIIIIHllLI[IOI] 1 V(IUCLIII()II killd t KJ3CI'ICIIC'. [ hc 1 ",('\\;'}} 01"'1 , d t't Illlp'llliX' zllill') iiii0 bcne|it lgllckle Ct)ll,lll='llNtllllt. " V ilh x perience ()uMihcd al)lqlC;tnl qloulll mail rcMitl io Medora ('it> Auditor. P() Iox 41,A. 3,ledora. NI) q45 r clll/lll h illiltldlt, ,r:, mid,.raCe.net h> lanuarv 3(). 2OI 5 cH,_'l,m t." l da[)lhl).kikAt 111/i;1 l}l;ILllCC ing donors. Others who assisted the day of the drive include: Fran- cis Bellamy, Raphael Gozdal, LaVem Zimmerman, Darlene Lar- son, Marlene Bates, and Ardyce Noinarowicz. Space to hold the drive was!. provided at ::Tisdale Manor. ' '' :. The availability of blood is de- pendent on the success of blood drive held in many communities. The citizens of the Drayton area can be assured that their commu- nity is a good example of a well- run blood program. On behalf Of the patients who benefited, United Blood Services appreciates allthe thoughtful peo- ple who volunteered to help others by giving of themselves. BLood is for sharing; you have truly given the "Gift of Life". System Thinking -- How to Solve Problems So They Stay Solved - Feb 10- Park River - $59 Toughest Supervisor Challenges and How to Overcome Them - Feb 19 - Cavalier - $59 Intermediate Microsoft  Excel 2010 - Mar 11 - Cavalier - $39 Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2010 - Mar 11 - Park River - $39 Less Stress -- More Success/- Mar 18 - Grafton - $39 Challenging Negative Attitudes - Apr 1 - Grafton - $39 Defining Team Roles and Responsibifities - Apr 1 - Grafton - $39 Talk Like a Leader -- What Every Employee Needs to Hear - Apr 14 - Grafton - $59 Sponsored by; pembinag " , WALSH COUNTY f :i?,.::,'.7: ':, i.,., .... www.lrsc.edu/workforce 1-800-443-1313x 21578 or 701-662-1578 trainN'" =. . NORTH E AS," -" ...... . '.- Your Profe,,;:sional Prescription Service We offer. 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