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• THEWALSH COUNTY PRESS • WEDNESDAY. IV]ARCH 1 I 20 i THE TROOPS -Walsh County Veterans Service Office rl 1 Ve w VA da00-sprocess ca//ed to o/der veterans While the new Department of Veterans Affairs claims process uses tbnns , that are simpler than income tax return forms, they have similar names :,! and designs. More importantly, they represent a shift that puts more of the burden on veterans for stm'ting a claim and will end up hurting older veterans and those with traumatic brain injuries, spokesmen tbl • the Veterans of For- eign Wars and Disabled American Veterans said• "In the end. the changes are being implemented for the convenience of the VAand not for the benefit of the veterans." said Gerald Manar. deputy director &the VFW's National Veterans Service. Ftie policy, which w ill take effect March -4, eliminates file informal claim process that allowed veterans to start a claim simply by makin a writ- ten request. Under the existing policy, the veteran then had one year to file a com- ;,[ [ __,, .[ pleted claim. Any benefits awarded would be backdated to the day of the J'CI ]S h Co unl"y re :lUeSt' / N'Nrl  ' rhen iw policy requires veterans to fill out a standardized fonn to starl jr " S p O 1" [ J  h 1- tle claims process. x'. The merchants below are / . :// [ "They're not going to do anything until they receive the correct form. completed colrectly," said Jim Marszalek. the DAV's National Service Di- :- ,] .,tor. \\; -- l 2onsequently, veterans could lose months of benefits while waiting for " ar _d " . ,"1i " VAto notify them that they need to send in the CO,Tect lbrm. and some Free Dmbetes . Yt0siinplygiveup, hesaid• Ther's nothing (in the regulation) to specify how long the VA has to Blood Pressure Screenings, Park River Free Diabetes & High Blood Pressure Screenings available at First Care Health Center in Park Riven ND on Monday, March 16 from 9:00 a.m.- 4.00 p.mi Dr. Mandi Johnson Will be providing the free screenings by appointment on March 16th only. Call 284-7555 to make an appointment. ' COUNTY ESS Park River PO Box 49 284-6333 (',r,?( ;, :.1 . .%alllal'l tan - Ni/cicn • Park Rier 301 County Road12 8 I 284,7115i re pond to someone who doesn't use a standard lbnnY Marszalek said. spo kesperson for the VA couldn't be reached lbr comment. The VA is implementing the policy to streamline the application process as part of its effort to eliminate a backlog of more than 250,000 claims that have been pending for more than 125 days since the complete claim was filed. • Veterans Who start claims online get benefits dated back to the day they opened the electronic file. They still have one year to provide the evidence andother information needed to complete the submission. The VAinitially proposed starting the benefits clock for paper tilers only when they submiffed all their paperwork. !n response to,criticism from vet- er ans groups, the agency added a new' Intent to File' fown that allows :1 per fiters tO stm-t the benefits clock while they re stillco lecting every- thmg they need for the claim. #hik that helps, it puts the bm'den on veterans to know that they need to file that specific form instead of just sending in a letter. The agency should change the rule so that if the veteran submits the same in form tion tlmfs on the Intent to File form. his claim starts from the day the VA receives that infonnation, Marszalek said. "That would resolve the whole issue, and that's what we wanted them to do," he said. • " ! (3 " Not only is the VAnot going to do that, they re not even omg to send veterans the correct form, Manar said• In a briefing last vceek, VA officials said that the agency will, instead, just tell the veteran where he or she can download or otherwise obtain the form. 'The5 said this moming that they're getting away from sending out forms or paper of any kind," he said• "It's bizarre." i Brian Bowling is a staffwfter for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-325-4301 or bbowling@tribweb.com. The Watsh county veterans service office will assist veterans with any m Ld all paperwork that they need in order to file an application or claim to the VA. Simply call 701-352-5030 or stop by for a visit at 638 Coop- er Avenue Suite 5 Grafton, ND 58237. Thank you for your service. Park River Implement S,,.e: The Pm.d.urgh Tribune-Review (Trihune News" &:n'ice B: B,'ia,, Bowling 4 Chris Kratochv/l * Walsh Court O, Veterans See'vice Officer - "m- rl k_,/B/PIRST AUTO ,,-- UNITED . PARTS.  Park River Michigan Grarton Adams 2 7352-3668944,2231259-2112284-7244 -631 .... .6 , t1100, 6..oo,,e, Ave ,....:o,, --"Bank& Insurance Hoop-le ,., 894 6123 Crystal = 6;'[ .[[ ; Jim Miller -- 2-- 110 4th St. E I T V-rj 00.r00,.ver I you00.am.yandyourhoa.h.ro W'hat kinds of legal documents providers if you become seriously -- -, 284-7221 " "{ aresuggested[brend-of-liJeplans? illness or when you die. Here are I would like to get my q[Jairs in or- the key documents you need. along 5 Page 3 Berger Weis Fire Benefit set for March 21 FARGO. N.D. There will be a Berger Weis Fire Benefit will be held on Saturday, March 21,2015 at the Park River Community Hall from 11 aln 1 pm. Long-time Park River resident Chasity I Berger) Weis.and her new husband Travis lost their home and all their belongings in an apartment fire in Hmwey on February 26. Their local friends and family are hosting a Bakes Sale, Silent Auction along with hot dogs, beans and chips, coffee and lemonade to help make a new start. This will be free will and dona- tions for the silent auction and bake sale are greatly appreciated. Benefit set for Cavalier man with Lewy Body Disease CAVALIER, N.D. A bene- fit for WmTen Magnus, of Cava- lier, will be held on Sunday, March 15th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cavalier Baptist Church. An afternoon of fellow- ship and support is being planned to help the Warren Mag- nus family offset medical costs as Warren receives medical at- tention for Lewy Body Disease. A fully-loaded baked potato bar and desserts will be served. Lunch is a free-will donation. Attendees will also be given the opportunity to bid on silent auc- tlon items. Donations can be made for auction items by calling Michelle Murray at 265-6230. Monetary donations can be made out to the Cavalier Baptist Deacons Fund and sent to Cava- lier Baptist Church, 201 Divi- sion Avenue South, Cavalier, ND. Lewy Body Disease (LBD) a progressive, degenerative neuro- logical illness that focuses pri- marily on symptom management. Lewy Body Dis- ease is a kind of dementia. De- mentia is a general decline in cognitive abilities (thinking, memory, language, etc.) usually due to degeneration of the brain. Lewy body disease is thought to be the second most common kind of dementia. It causes cog- nitive problems similar to those seen in Alzheimer's disease and motor problems like those in Parkinson's. Like Alzheimer's disease, Lewy body disease is currently incurable and it gets worse with time. was a photographer for many years and photographed around 300 weddings and anniversaries• Warren was also an avid builder. He has left his carpenter imprint on houses, a church and a log cabin. Lewy Body Disease has already begun to rob Warren of the things that he loved to do and share with others. And it contin- ues to rob the Magnus family of their husband, father and friend. Knowing that the average life span is seven to eight years after diagnosis is overwhelming and devastating to the Magnus fain- fly. Doctors have told Wan'en he is just in the beginning stage of LBD. Caring for someone with LBD has been hugely challeng- ing and will contilme to be so as the disease progresses. Warren would have liked to teach a cou- ple more years to continue to care for his family, especially with his youngest daughter still attending college, but instead he is forced to watch others around him take on the caretaker role. Since Warren's diagnosis the Magnus fhmily has had to make several adjustments to their home and lives. Daily care for an individual with LBD is a daunt- ing tasks. Home modifications have been made to their home to make life easier for Wanen. The family has alreadz made over 15 trips to Fi£t'i}a6{?"'ieical ap- pointments .whlc have included some mote! {:fights an d two sur geries. There have been several trips to physical and occupa- tional therapy sessions. Melvena " " ec has also returned to work to help Warren tau ht industrial t h . . . ' cover the family's increasing fi in Moorhead for 11 years, was in . " : '" " - nanclal needs industry 17 years and most re .... cently taught 15 years in the Warren's diagnosis with LBD Walhalla School district. He was is just beginning but he and Mel- active in church as a Sunday vena continue to place their trust School teacher, board member in God and find daily inspiration and treasurer for many years, in Psalm 121 God is our help! Warren also has a creative eye For more information on and loved catching memorable Lewy Body Disease visit moments with his camera• He lewybodyjournal.org/stories. What are you celebrating? Let us help share your excitement. Charges apply for open house invitations. J|mJ'$" 101SuPIF Va|U3rd St. W 284-6433, [t derbefomit'stoolate.Getting Old with some tips to help you createthem.A Will: This document lets you Join" us for the annual . ' Park River For all your dinner needs! / Dear Gettin° spell out your wishes ofhow you'd CRIII L l ' " Every aa,,lt"esneeiallv seniors like your property and assets dis-  - sho-uict iaavle'atTfeast-i;0ure-s-sen  tribute.d aft.elyou die, whether !t's tiallealdocumentsto rotect to tannly, trlendsorachanty, ltalso  I1 • IPPR  , g' ........ P, allows you to designate an execu- them and tnelr ramny. nese aoc- " ., " : .,, , . , tor to ensure your wlsnes are car- umellts Will make sure your WiSh- es i'egarding y°ur estate are leg al t.t'V 8 p (,&,  k, "Where OuoliO, is Stondgrd" andtier, and will help minimize P--"" - fro In 5 . in. any conflicts and confusion with 1"112 page 3 " ,-'" "- " RESIDENIIAt & COMgEI((IAL t=. ,41..J _ \\; / ,,, wo. 0,,,.o0. oaturuav,_ March 14 ¢=n o, ==,-,s at the Crystal Fire Hall Scott Wedel, Owner sa electric. 14@g mail .com Veterans Ave. S,-Park River, ND Tickets 525 Steak 0r chicken ,,, .' i;;" " " I , : G! ft Ca Ch0nce t0 win ( with t2 mo. Lease $100, $150, \\; :/kt,/ PARKCOUR: S$00 cash! 'N Alonq with a number  1 and 2  I of otEer door prizes! ROI Box 49 Park River ND 58270  Jl.lk.il . Call Sam @ Your Profe0000:00ionai Prescription Service We offer Mail-Out Prescriptions. Delivery Service. Blood Pressure Screening. Photo Kiosk. t0% off Sr Citizen Discount- Zoovio Video Dealer. Gifts. Hallmark Cards. Drive-up Window Ye Olde Medicine Center Park River- 701-284-7676 Drayton Drug Drayton. 701-454.3831