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.-*_ ___ THE! WAL!H COUNTY PR.!iSS " V\\;/[DNESDAY, APRIL 8, 20 I 5 Page 3 Walsh County ll  Spotlight /  The merchants below are / / I proud to announce:. _1 Lankin Legion Ticket and Dance party, Lankin Lankin Legion Ticket and Dance party will be held on Saturday, April 18 at the Lankin Legion.Advance tickets for $25 a couple are being sold, which includes a steak meal from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., music by Matt Hodek Band from 7 to II p.m. and drawings for cash prizes. Call Keith Knudson at 384-6245 or Francis Praska.- 33 I-1005 for advance tickets. COUNTY SS Park River PO Box 49 284-6333 -oq .sasnantm 6 Park River , 301 County Road 12B 284-7115 I  Park River Implement 284-6316 FIRSTUNITED --" Bank & Insurance Park River ~ 284-7244 Adams ,-., 944-2231 Grafton ~ 352-3668 Michigan ~ 259-2112 Hoople - 894-6123 Crystal ~ 657-2168 \\; 110 4th St. E Park River 284-7221 Jim's Super Valu 284-6433 101 3rd St. W Park River For all your dinner needs! Ele00r#e "Where Quality is Standard" RESIDENTIAL & COMMENCIAL NEW WOrK OR REMODEL EMERGENCY SEKVICE AVAILABLE Call 701 -331" 1579 Scott Wedel, Owner saelectric. 14@g mail.corn Veterans Ave. S,Park River ND FOR THE TROOPS -Walsh County Veterans Service Office VA Hbnint00 Net Worth as Veteran Hedth Higibi00 Factor The Department of Veterans Affairs is updating the way it determines eligibility for VA health care, a change that will result in more Veterans having access to the health care benefits they've earned and deserve. Effective 2015, VA eliminated the use of net worth as a determining fac- tor for both health care programs and co-paymept responsibilities. This change makes VA health care benefits more accessible to lower-income Veterans and brings VA policies in line with Secretary Bob McDonald's MyVA initiative which reorients VA around Veterans' needs. "Everything that we do and every decision we make has to be focused on the Veterans we serve," said Secretary Bob McDonald. "We are work- ing every day to earn their trust. Changing the way we determine eiigi- bility to make the process easier for Veterans is partofour promise to our Veterans."" Instead of combining the sum of Veterans' income with their assets to determine eligibility for medical care and co-payment obligations, VA will now only consider a Veteran's oss household income and deductible ex- penses from the previous year. Elimination of the consideration of net worth for VA health, care enrolhnent means that certain lower-income, non-ser- vice-connected Veterans will have less out-of- pocket costs. Over a 5-year period, it is estimated that 190,000 Veterans will become eligible for re- duced costs of their health care services. In March 2014, VA eliminated the annual requirement for updated fi- nancial information. VA now uses information from the Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration to automatically match indi- vidual Veterans' income information which reduces the burden on Veterans to keep their healthcare eligibility up to date. That change better aligned VA's health care financial assessment program with other federal health care organizations. Veterans may submit updated income information at www. 1010ez.med.va.gov/, or by visiting their nearby VA health care fa- cility. For more information, visit www.va.gov/healthbenefits or call VA toll-free at 1-877-222-VETS (8387). By the U.S. Depallment of Veterans Affairs Published on March 17, 2015 Chris Kratochvil * Walsh Omnty Veterans Service Qfficer Administrative Building, 638 Cooper Ave Ste 5, Grafion Hall, den Boer wed in the Dominican Republic Julie Christine Hall and Eric den Boer were married on Thursday, February 19, 2015 on the beach at Punta Ca/aa, Dominican Republic. Following the ceremony, a beachside reception was held. Julie is the daughter of WmTen and Marilyn Hall of Hoople, North Dakota. Eric is the son of Nico den Boer of the Netherlands and the late An- nika Tier-Ingvarsson of Blekinge, Sweden. Julie is a pilot for Walmart Aviation. Eric is Scientific Research Technologist and Assistant Facilities Manager for the University of Arkansas. The couple lives in Tontitown, Arkansas. By J im Miller Dear Sav 9, Senioc I've heald that Social Sectri' of- Jbrs a lump-sum payment to retirees who need some extra cash. I have not yet started drawing nv benefits and would like to investigate this op-. tion. What can you tell me? Almost Retired Dear Almost, There are actually two different kinds of Social Security claiming strategies that can provide retirees a big lump-sunq benefit, but you need to be past full retirement age to be eligible, and there are financial drawbacks you need to be aware of too. First, let's review the basics. Re- member that while workers car begin drawing their Social Securi- ty retirement benefits anytime be- tween ages 62 and 70, fil refirenqent age is currently 66 for those born be- tween 1943 and 1954, but it rises in two-month increments to 67 tbr those bona in 1960 and later. You can find your full retirement age at ssa.gov/pubs/ageincrease.htm. At full retirement age, you are en- titled to 100 percent of your bene- fits. If you claim earlier you'll re- ceive less, while if you delay you'll get more - roughly 8 percent more for each year until age 70. Lump Sum Options If you axe past full retirement age, and have not yet filed for your benefits, the Social Security Ad- ministration offers a retroactive lump-sum payment that's worth six months of benefits. Here's how it works. Let's say you were planning to delaytag your Social Security benefits past age 66, but you changed your mind at 66 and six months. You could then claim a lump-sum payment equal to those six months of benefits. So, for instance, if your full retirement age benefit were $2,000, you would be mtitled to a $12,000 lump sum i%'rnent. If you decided at age 66 and four ,aonths that you wanted to file etroaetively, you'd get only four months' worth of benefits in your lump sum, because SSA rules pro- hibit you from claiming benefits that pre-date your full retirement age. Another option that provides even more cash is the "file and sus- pend" strategy. Again, this option is only available to people on (or af- ter) full retirement age. Here's how this strategy works. Savvy Cont. page 5 Help Wanted: Lead Custodian Position The Drayton Public School District is taking applications for the position of lead custodian. Interested parties should stop in the Office at Drayton Public School to complete an application form or contact Judy Stellon, Business Manager for the Drayton School District. Applications will be taken until the position is filled. Application materials available online at www.drayton.k12.nd.us or by contacting the school at (701)454-3324 or by mailing request to Superintendent; Drayton Public Schools; 108 S 5th Street; Drayton, ND 58225 To our family, friends, and communities: We are overwhelmed with the outpouring of your love, friendship, offers of help and assistance, and the generous support you showed at the benefit held in aid of our family on March 28th. It was a wonderful occasion and showed us clearly how joy can be found even in very hard times. We deeply appreciate each and every contribution, and we wish especially to thank the benefit committee members, along with those who donated and helped serve food, individuals and businesses who donated to and supported the silent auction, our generous employers and co-workers, and families and friends. We could not be more proud to live in a community where others come together to support each other when in need. Your outpouring of love and support has provided us with enormous comfort and strength. With our love and heartfelt thanks, Stuart & Joan Swartz and family Snowmobile Storage We have room to store your snowmobiles tit[ the snow ftys again. At[ size trailers. Call MikeToday. at 701-360.1411 .... www.storageip .rps.c0m Storage Pros Toy Shop Warehouse (Ford Bui!Ming) 30 W. 4th St., Graften, ND Your Professional Prescription Serwce: ,, We offer... Mail-Out Prescriptions, Delivery Service., Blood Pressure Screening-PhOto Kiosk, 10% off Sr. Citizen Discount, Zoovio Video Dealer, Gifts, Hallmark Cards, Drive-up Window Ye Olde Medicine Center DraytonD Park River. 701-284-7676 Drayton. 701-454-3831