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THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2015 Page 3 Walsh Spotlight \ The merchants below are \ \ proud to announce: Valley-Edinburg students will be presenting the Missoula Children's Theater production of Rapunzel on Friday, March 27 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 28 at 3 p.m. at the Crystal Gym spotl ht s Contact the Press at 701-284-6333 COUNTY Park River PO Box 49 . pJJ. s ari an 301 County Road 12B Au'ro PAICrs Park River Implement 284-6316 Park River - 284-7244 Adams -- 944-2231 Grafton ~ 352-3668 Michigan ~ 259-2112 Hoop.-le ~ 894-6123 urystal ~ 657-2168 110 4th St. E Park River \ Jim's Super VaJu 101 3rd St. W Park River For all your dinner needsl |111 "Where Ouality is Standard" RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL HEW WORK OR REMODEL EMERGENCY SERVICE AVAILABLE 101-33111579 Scott Wedel, Owner s aelectric. 14 mail .corn Veterans Ave. S,-Park River, ND -Walsh County Veterans Service Office Senators said Thursday a new multi-billion-dollar program to provide outside health care to veterans caught up in long waits at the VA does not appear to be working. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., pressed the Department of Veter- ans Affairs to figure out why the Veterans Choice program estimated by Congress to cost $10 billion has only resulted in 30,000 veteran ap- pointments since the program was launched in November. A second facet of the program that offers vets outside care if they live more than 40 miles from a VA health care facility has been used by just 44 beneficiaries, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDon- ald told the lawmakers. The participation figures come as Congress is weighing the department's budget request for the coming year and drilling down on the job perforrmnce of McDonald, who was confirmed last summer with the hope he could turn around the VA and root out poor management. "The choice card program basically seems to be not working," Blumenthai said. He said the numbers make it clear the choice program is "shockingly underutilized" but the reasons for that remain unclear despite discussion with McDonald and the VA. The VA began mailing out Veterans Choice cards to beneficiaries in No- vember, highlighting the option to pursue outside health care if they choose. The program was passed last summer as part of a massive federal law over- hauling the VA following a nationwide scandal of long patient wait times and records manipulation.Giving veterans the option of seeking non-VA care was expected to account for the lion's share of the $16.3-billion over- haul law. McDonald told the senators that about 500,000 VA beneficiaries have called about the program but those calls resulted in just 30,000 appoint- ments or clearances, meaning the vets" request was resolved. "That seems like an awfully low ratio to us," he said. The VAhas produced a YouTube video to advertise the program and is looking at its marketing approach for possible tweaks, McDonald said. "Even though we have been at this for a while, the last [Veteran Choice] cards went out in January, and right now it is the end of February, so it is early days," McDonald said. Due to the low tumout and uncertainty, the VA can only estimate the three- year program will cost taxpayers between $4 billion to $13 billion, he said. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., said he has heard of no improvements in VA access from veteran constituents in Kansas, and that problems with the 40-mile rule of the choice program may be partly to blame. The department has given lawmakers a mixed message about provid- ing outside health care to beneficiaries in those remote areas-- first say- ing it would be too expensive and then saying it does not know how much it will cost, Moran said. A group of 42 senators sent McDonald a letter urging changes to the rules of 40-mile provision, including revising distance calculations from "'as the crow flies" to drive time and counting only VA facilities providing the care sought, he said. The number of veterans coming to Moran's office for help with VAac- tess "is no less today than it was a year ago," he said. If you have any questions or concerns feel flee to contact the Walsh Coun- ty Veterans Service Office at 701-352-5030 or stop by for a visit at 638 Cooper Avenue Suite 5 Grafton, ND 58237. Thank you for your service. Chris Kratochvil * Walsh County Veterans Service Officer Administrative Building, 638 Cooper Ave Ste 5, Grafton 1 By Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, ing, baking and cleaning utensils What products can you reconl- that are easier to grip. And for cut- mend for seniors with hand arthri- ting and chopping the Dexter tis? I really struggle with anythhlg DuoGiide and Ergo Chefknivesare that requires gripping and turning, excellent ergonomically designed which makes nlOSt activities difficult, options. Gripless Joan For opening jars, the wall-mount- ed or under-counter mounted Zim Dear Joan, Jar Opener is a top manual opener. There are literally hundreds of It has a V-shaped grip that holds tbe different arthritis aids and other lid as you twist the jar with both products on the market today that hands. Some other good options are can help people with arthritic hands the Hamilton Beach Open Ease Au- and carpal tunnel syndromeTo find tomatic Jar Opener, and a nifty tool out which devices can best benefit called the JarPop that pops the seal you, a good place to start is to ask on jars so lids can be removed eas- your doctor for a referral to an oc- ler. cupational therapist, who can test the For opening cans, an eleclric can strength and functionality of your opener is the best option. West hands and recommend appropriate Bend and Hamilton Beach make aids. With that said, here's a run- some of the best. down of some helpful products for And if you're interested in arthri- different needs, tis-friendly pots and pans, look for Kitchen aids: Activities like grip- lightweight cookware that has two ping cooking utensils, cutting and handles. These are much easier to chopping, opening jars and cans, lift and move around. and moving around heavy pots and Household helpers: Turning pans can make prepanng a meal doorknobs, key locks, twist-handles much more difficult when you on kitchen or bathroom faucets, and have hand arthritis. Some products that can help are Oxo Good Grips, which makes dozens of soft, large-handle cook- Cont. 5 are you uS help share your excitement. Charges apply for open house ons. I 111 ~./ I qV Ashleigh Bentz and Joey Miller were manied January 3rd, 2015 at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Pisek North Dakota. Ashleigh is a graduate of Century High School in Bismarck ND. She received her B.S. degree from the University of North Dakota and a doctoral degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University. She works as a chiropractor and will return to Grafton/Park River Chiro- practic Clinic in late summer. Joey is a graduate of Park River High School and received a bach- eior's degree in social science from Valley State University. He is a farmer and the State Senator of district 10. The couple will reside in Park River e e Photo: Submitted Above: (L to R): Eugene Kachena, Louis A Kadlec, Cleo Novak and Lany Ka:lec. PISEK, N.D. Recently Cleo Novak was honored for 46 years of service to Rushford Township. He was presented with a plaque in appreciation for all Of his years of service and dedication by Eugene Kachena, Louis A Kadlec, and Larry Kadlec. t Saturday, March 28 2:00-4:00 pm Edinburg Community Center Everyone Welcome Share memories about special times at the Bowling Alley and reminisce with Earl and Amelia! Your Professional Prescription Service We offer.. Mail-Out Prescriptions, Delivery Service, Blood Pressure Screening. Photo Kiosk. 10% off Sr. Citizen Discount. Zoovio Video Dealer, Gifts, Hallmark Cards, Drive-u p Window yellOlde Medicine Center Park River- 701-284"7676 Drayton Drug Drayton 701-454-3831