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Saturday, October 22, 2016

  • Saturday, October 08, 2016 4:00 AM
    It’s been a busy past September for my office. I have taken over the duties of scheduling the VA vans from the Park and Recreation Department. If you are would like to use this service to travel to the VA either to the Danville or the Indianapolis facilities you will now call my office at 765-361-4133 and leave me a message. Your message should state where you are going either Danville or Indianapolis, the date and time of your appointment, your name and your phone number. I will call you back with a confirmation. The vans are located at the Veterans Service Office at 110 West South Boulevard in Crawfordsville just behind the Armory in the old State Highway Department building. This needs to be done a week in advance of your appointment to schedule the drivers for your ride to facility.
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  • Friday, September 02, 2016 4:11 AM
    As we look at the veterans court in Montgomery County we need to look at when it started and where we are going with it.
    The concept of veterans court was the brainchild of Judge Robert T. Russell Jr. of Buffalo, N.Y. The courts provide veterans who come before them with volunteers to help in their rehabilitation. Assistance with such tasks as job hunting, physical fitness, drug counseling, PTSD treatment, college advice and VA health care is available. 
    The Montgomery County Veterans Treatment Court obtained provisional certification from the Indiana Judicial Center in December of 2013 and received full certification in August of 2014. The Court has serviced 13 veterans, five of who have successfully graduated.
    We currently have six participants with plans to expand service throughout the judicial district which includes Montgomery, Warren, Vermillion, Fountain and Parke counties.
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  • Friday, August 05, 2016 12:00 AM

    August is here and time for our monthly news for the Veterans of Montgomery County. 

    The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall will arrive on Aug. 10 to the city of Crawfordsville and the public will be able to view it on the 12, 13 and 14 of Aug. which is just around the corner.  We are going to have the parade on Aug. 10 at 11:30 a.m. for all Vietnam Veterans who want to participate.  Veterans will be marching down Main Street; most of us participating will be using Golf Carts to carry some of our Vietnam Veterans.  The Opening Ceremony is at 11 a.m. on Aug. 12 with the laying of Wreaths and on Aug. 13 the Vietnam Veterans Welcome Homecoming and Vietnam Medal of Honor Recipient Speaker Sammy L. Davis who will speak at 1 p.m. on Aug 13.  Mr. Davis will then assist Mike Hamm who is the Veteran Service Officer of the Indiana Department of Veteran Affairs giving out 50 year pins from Vietnam.  I am asking all Vietnam Veterans to please come out and see the wall. 

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  • Friday, April 08, 2016 12:54 AM

    Wow another month has flown by. What a month. March was here and gone in no time.

    I had one individual that was homeless and so I gave him a sleeping bag and a bag of goodies. He was on his way to Illinois. I also had a number of phone calls that I answered. I had a number of veterans that came in to see me.

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  • Wednesday, January 07, 2015 6:08 PM
    Happy New Year 2015 and we are hoping it will be a great one for you. It will be a challenge for me to remember to use 2015 instead of 2014.

    We had 77 phone calls and 22 appointments in the month of December.

    I would like to give a shout out to Charlie Scruggs and Brandon Hawkins for their continued support of our veterans and going to the assisted living facilities at Christmas so that these veterans are not forgotten. You could see it in the veteran's eyes when they received their gifts. The gifts included calendars, tooth brushes, tooth paste, socks, blankets, deodorant, shampoo, word find and especially the little bear. Thank you all who have donated funds for these things. It is appreciated.

    Now from the Army Times I found this article that talks about the thousands of Vietnam Era soldiers who may have been given punitive discharges because they suffered from PTSD before it was recognized as a debilitating medical condition. This new decision applies only to veterans who received "other than honorable" discharges. It does not apply to veterans who received less than honorable or dishonorable discharges because of serious infractions. It also only applies to Vietnam Era veterans.
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  • Thursday, December 04, 2014 7:47 PM
    I hope everyone one had a great Thanksgiving and were able to share it with family and friends. The start of our Thanksgiving was met with our 2-year-old grandson locking himself in his mom and dad's bedroom with a slide lock. Yes the door did have to come down but all was well.

    I am reminded back about 45 years ago somewhere in Vietnam we had Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimming but not everyone had that. Some were so far into the bush they did not get anything but c-rations and thankful for that. I do know that we loaded hot meals onto Huey's and some on Chinooks to take out to the firebases and smaller compounds so that those guys would have something special. At least for a minute or two you maybe forgot where you were but only for a minute. So today I am just a little bit more thankful for what we have. That is not true I am a LOT more thankful for what we have.
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  • Monday, September 08, 2014 4:28 AM
    Well another month has slipped by and we just keep plugging away. We had 30 in office veteran visits and 58 phone calls to the office. I also was part of a group of local men that visited with veterans at Williamsburg Healthcare. I also attended the American Legion meeting on August 7th and VFW business meeting on August 14th.
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  • Wednesday, July 02, 2014 10:00 PM
    It is July already and I am wondering where this year is going. Soon the kids will be headed back to school.

    If you remember last month I mentioned that if you have a VA ID card that you should be on the lookout for a new modern card in the mail. Well I just received mine in the mail so be on the lookout for yours. It is suppose to be a better secure card. Just remember that if you have a card now you should receive a new one.
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  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 10:00 PM
    Well another month has slipped by and it looks like it is starting to get warmer. The first week of April was spent in Indianapolis training with the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers. It was a long week in a classroom but I gained a lot of good knowledge. When I am fully accredited I will be able to go to the VA website and look directly at the claims and see what is happening. I still have to take another test for the State of Indiana. There were 91 Veteran Service Officers in attendance and we all passed. The test was 100 questions long and had to be completed in 90 minutes. Well that part is completed.
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  • Sunday, January 05, 2014 9:00 PM
    Well it is a new year and I truly hope that you all have a safe and prosperous new year. I thought that I would do a little review of the 11 months that I have been here.

    We have helped file 149 claims and saw 369 people in our office to discuss benefits and attended 23 veterans meetings.
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  • Friday, November 15, 2013 9:00 PM
    I want to start off with a huge thank you to all of you men and women that have served your country or are serving our country today. The sacrifice you have made or are making is not unnoticed or forgotten. This past Monday was Veterans Day and a lot of activities were going on.
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  • Thursday, October 03, 2013 10:00 PM
    It seems that the months are flying by and the snow will soon be flying as well. We were busy in September with 34 people in my office and we also flew 79 veterans to Washington DC to see their memorials on Sept. 9.
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  • Sunday, August 04, 2013 10:00 PM
    Greetings to everyone and hope your July was great. The office has been busy this last month as we had 37 people in our office with 21 claims and applications sent in. Also, I had 51 incoming phone calls and 47 out bound.
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  • Sunday, July 14, 2013 10:00 PM
    July is here and there is a lot going on with and for veterans. I hope you all helped celebrate the fourth of July safely and enjoyed the fireworks. Our freedoms are a precious commodity and should not be taken for granted. A lot of our veterans have fought long and hard for the freedoms we enjoy. Thank a veteran when you recognize one. They do appreciate it.
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  • Sunday, June 16, 2013 10:00 PM
    Hello Veterans and Friends,

    Another month has gone by and it has been a busy one. I have had 36 interviews in my office this past month and sent 15 claims to the VA. I was asked to speak at several places in the month of May and appreciate the opportunity to speak about things that affect veterans or their families.
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