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THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 Page 3 Walsh County Spotlight The merchants below are proud to announce: The fourth annual Quilt Bingo will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13 at St.John s Catholic Church in Grafton. Proceeds from this event will support Altru's Hospice Camp Good Mourning. Camp Good Mourning is a three day grief camp for kids ages 6-I8 who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Drawintlng for a chance to win a handmade quilt donated by Embroidery Pus.Tickets are $20 for 15 games of bingo- prizes are homemade quilts. Refreshments will be served. ;H COUNTY Park River PO Box 49 l .C#oS a Park River ritall(;- 301 County Road 12B kGJ boc c =__ ' p*.,.,,-- 284-7115 ii [, Park River I Implement auto paRTS 284-631 6 Park River ~ 284-7244 Adams ~ 944-2231 Grafton ~ 352-3668 Michigan ~ 259-2112 H oop-le ~ 894-6123 Crystal ~ 657-2168 110 4th St. E Park River \ Jim's Super Valu 101 3rd St. W Park River For all your dinner needs! A local aggregate company is looking for Class A belly and side dump drivers. Lots of work, overtime and immediate openings. Call LeRoy at (602)469-0999 or Steve at (701)331-2948. "Where Quality is Standard" RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL NEW Wo. oR Rmom EMERGENCY SERVICE AVAILABLE Call 701-331-1579 Scott Wedel, Owner saelectric. 14@g mail .com 6625145 Ave. NE 6raflon, ND -Walsh County Veterans Service Office The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has reached a historic mile- stone in its efforts to improve the delivery of benefits and services to America's Veterans, their families, and Survivors. The backlog of dis- ability claims (claims pending more than 125 days) is now below 100,000 -an 84-percent reduction from its peak of 611,000 claims in March 2013 and the lowest ever in our history since we started measuring the back- log in 2007. This dramatic reduction was achieved through the dedicated efforts of Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) employees, 53 percent of whom are Veterans themselves, and with the support of Veterans Health Administration physicians and staffwho have gone all out to pro- vide Veterans with the medical examinations they need to support their claims. Through VBA's transformation efforts and with the help of Con- gress, our partners in Veterans Service Organizations, and state and county Veterans service departments, we are on track to complete nearly 1.4 million claims this fiscal year - exceeding 1 million claims for the fifth year in a row. This milestone was reached without sacrificing quality. In fact, through our transformation efforts, the accuracy of disability decisions has im- proved from 83 percent in 2011 to 91 percent today. When measuring the accuracy of the individual medical issues inside each claim, accuracy is now 96 percent. And on the eight separate error categories against which our decisions are measured (such as, correct decision on relation- ship to military service, correct evaluation assigned, and correct effec- tive date), VA makes the correct decision 98 percent of the thne. Reaching 98-percent accuracy in each of these eight categories is an important measure of confidence for all Veterans, and VA will continue to drive to sustain quality at the highest possible levels. VA employees are dedicated to getting Veterans the benefits they have earned and deserve as quickly and accurately as possible; however, we know that some claims will continue to take longer than 125 days to process due to Veterans' personal circumstances and VA's legal duty to as- sist Veterans in the development of their claims and ensure they are pro- vided their full entitlement to benefits. VA will always consider additional evidence or new medical conditions added throughout the claims process; however, late evidence or new contentions stop the momentum made in processing the claim, as they usually require a new round of evidence- gathering, medical examinations, and analysis. VA's legal duty to assist Veterans in fully developing their claims is an obligation we take seri- ously. Since 2011, VBA has undergone the most significant transformation in its history to improve the delivery of VA benefits and services. This ag- gressive transfommtion involved people, process, and technology initia- tives to streamline and modernize the way VBA processes claims so that Veterans do not have to wait more than 125 days for a high-quality deci- sion. As we mark this inaportant milestone in VA's history, we commit to continuing our hnprovement efforts; we will never waiver in our dedi- cation to providing the best possible service to Veterans, their families, and Survivors. If you have any questions about any federal or state veterans benefit please call the Walsh County Veteran Service Office at 701-352-5030 or stop by for a visit at 638 Cooper Avenue Suite 5 Graflon, ND 58237. Thank you for your service. Source: Federal Veterans News [ . . C!wis Kratochvil * I 2tlsh CounO' VeteransSe ice Officer .... 1' :Administra'tiVd BUildin , Cooper Ave S{e V5,* Gt;afto ;r By Jim Miller Dear Samy Senior, Prevention (CDC), people who got What can you tell me about this the shot were just 19 percent less 3'ear 'sflu shot? Lastyear vaccine likely to visit the doctor for flu than was ineffective at preventing the.flu, people who did not get the shot. In especially among seniors. What good years, flu shot effectiveness is options are available to me this in the 50 to 60 percent range. year? The reason for the shot's inef- Seeking Protection fectiveness last year was because the vaccine was mismatched to the Dear Seeking, circulating flu viruses, which can ge- You're right. Last season's flu shot was not very effective at pre- SoItI venting the flu. In fact, according to Corlt page 5 the Centers for Disease Control and Full time, Part time, Local and Over the Road. No Northeast loads Contact Marvin at 701-248-3204 Photo: Submitted Above: Trooper Matthew Peschong from the North Dakota Highway Pa- trol and his Sergeant, Ryan Panasuk at a special luncheon in his honor at the Grand Forks Optimist Club meeting. Trooper Peschong was ac- knowledged for inspring a respect for law and working with and for youth in our community. E- ---*.C;GE~=jdN~. d/U.=...=d~-'=- E.-,&L=G =- youth in our community thereby related to youth safety. earning the "Respect for Law En- "I have enjoyed the opportuni- forcement" award, ties ! have received in my time as Trooper Peschong has spent a State Trooper working with our his career with the Highway Patrol youth. From coaching hockey at in Walsh, Pembina, and Grand several different age groups to Forks counties and has actively en- working in some of the area forced traffic laws with emphasis schools, I have had a chance to on alcohol related offenses such as meet and get to know many dif- DUI and Minor in Consump- ferent kids and young adults," tion/Possession. Trooper Peschong Peschong said. "I am impressed at also serves the Highway Patrol as the integrity and abilities our a defense tactics instructor teach- ing defense tactics both locally and youth display in this area. I also at the State Law Enforcement have enjoyed the support that not Training Academy. only the kids, but also their parents Beyond his role as a State have offered me. It has been an Trooper, Trooper Peschong has honor for me and I look forward to the upcoming years!" been active in his community as a youth hockey coach and has par- Efforts to raise this awareness ticipate : fnd, helped organize for respect for law enforcement mock crashes inWalsh County in and promotion of non-violence efforts to detery6uth alcohol con- makes our community safer for sumption through education, our youth -- and we can thank the Trooper Peschong also has spent Highway Patrol and especially many hours in area schools talk- Trooper Peschong for making this ing to students on various subjects happen. What areyou celebrating? Let us help share your excitement. 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