Helpful information for Lake County veteransOne of the goals of the Lake County Veterans Service Office in 2013 was to increase outreach and education activities.
By: N.V. “Vince” Sando • Service Officer call, Lake County News Chronicle
One of the goals of the Lake County Veterans Service Office in 2013 was to increase outreach and education activities. The first part of August, I visited Tammy at the Lake County News Chronicle office, who thought a monthly column or article might be a good idea and serve the veterans service office’s needs, too. I’ll try to address questions about benefits and issues of value and interest to the veterans of Lake County.
Since this is the first of what I hope will be a continuing monthly endeavor, I’ve included office hours and locations below, and will list condensed versions in later articles.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday:
8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Lake County Service Center
616 Third Avenue, Two Harbors
Phone: (218) 834-8326 Fax: (218) 834-8369
Silver Bay Office
Every Wednesday: 9 a.m.— 3 p.m., with extra appointments as requested or needed. At the Lake County Service Center
(Mary MacDonald School)
99 Edison Blvd., Silver Bay
Phone: (218) 226-4443 Fax: (218) 226-3916
Reminder: Offices are closed on observed holidays
Benefits and Resources Available:
• The Twin Ports Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC), Superior, Wis., is almost completely renovated. Depending on eligibility, audiology services can now be accessed there, with ophthalmology and physical therapy soon to follow. Look for future updates.
• Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) is hosting a “Standdown” at the Duluth Depot 23 August, from 8 a.m.- 2p.m.. ALL VETERANS ARE WELCOME!
Legal Clinic, Standdown Court. Free services available: meals, clothing, VA benefits, claims, and services, public benefits, federal & state tax assistance, haircuts, state DMV, housing, employment assistance, AA/NA meetings, chaplaincy.
• Did you serve in a combat zone or hazardous duty area in 2009? A refundable tax credit is about to expire on Oct 15. For military time served during 2009, the credit is $120 per month. Call the Veterans Service Office or direct to Minnesota Revenue, 651-556-6397, for details.
• VA Health Care: Affordable Care Act. VA is currently sending letters to all VA health care-enrolled veterans. If you are currently enrolled, you may disregard submitting the attached forms. Questions? Call the number on the attached Affordable Care
• “Frequently Asked Questions” Sheet [1-877-222-VETS (8387)], or call the Veterans Service Office.
August schedule updates
Aug. 23: Office Closed (Standdown)
Aug. 30: Office Closed (at Fort Snelling)
August dates of veteran interest
Aug. 1 -Air Force Day and Coast Guard Day
Aug. 4- US Coast Guard established (1790)
Aug. 5- WFTC (Women’s Flying Training Command) & WAFS (Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadrons) combined to form WASPS (Women’s Airforce Service Pilots) (1943)
Aug. 6- First atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima
Aug. 7- National Purple Heart Recognition Day
Aug. 9- Second Atomic Bomb dropped on Nagasaki
Aug. 12-Spanish American War ended (1898)
Aug. 14- Japan surrenders, unofficial end of WWII, V-J Day.
National Association of County Veterans Service Officers
Minnesota Association of County Veterans Service Officers
National Association of County Veterans Service Officers / Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans of Foreign Wars / American Legion / Disabled American Veterans
Vietnam Veterans of America / Military Order of the Purple Heart / The Retired Enlisted Association