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Tuesday, July 16, 2019
  • Saturday, July 6, 2019 10:54 AM
    Summer has finally arrived and we have gone from rainy to hot weather. Our volunteer drivers have escorted 15 veterans to Roudebush Hospital in Indianapolis and seven veterans to the Danville, Ill. Hospital. I also received 67 phone calls to my office this past month and had 19 veterans come to office for consultations.
    Any veteran who needs a ride to Roudebush or Danville VA hospitals should call at least a week in advance to schedule a driver. Please call me at (765) 361-4133. 
    The American Legion in Crawfordsville has invited me to come to their place starting on Thursday, Aug. 1, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. to answer any questions a veteran might have. I will be there the first Thursday of each month. The dates for 2019 are Aug. 1, Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5. Please come and see me.
    I still need drivers to escort the veterans to Indianapolis, and Danville, Ill. You do not need to be a veteran and it can be a man or a woman. We drive from 7 a.m. to 12 noon Monday through Friday. You would drive once a week, if that much, so please contact me. Phone me at (765) 361-4133 and leave me a message.
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  • Monday, June 17, 2019 3:47 AM
    Wow, we have had our share of rain this last month but hopefully we will start to see sunshine coming our way soon. Our Volunteer drivers have escorted nine veterans to Roudebush Hospital at Indianapolis and six veterans to Danville, IL. I received sixty two phone calls into my office and fourteen veterans into my office for consultations. 
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  • Tuesday, May 21, 2019 3:07 AM
    Yes spring has sprung and summer is just around the corner. Our Volunteer drivers have escorted thirteen veterans to Roudebush Hospital at Indianapolis and 10 veterans to Danville, Ill. Hospital. I also received fifty-eight phone calls to my office this past month and had nineteen veterans into my office for Consultations. Any veteran that needs a ride to Danville, Ill. or Roudebush Hospital in Indy please call me at (765) 361-4133 at least a week in advance. 
    The Social Security Administration is recruiting Claims Specialists. We are requesting your assistance in referring qualified candidates for these positions. I am currently recruiting for our Lafayette and Crawfordsville offices. My hiring authority includes any candidates that qualify under the Veterans Recruitment Authoriity (VRA). VRA allows appointment of eligible veterans up to the GS-11 or equivalent grade level. Veterans are hired under excepted appointments to positions that are otherwise in the competitive service. After the individual satisfactorily completes 2 years of service, the veteran may be converted non-competitively to a career or career-conditional appointment. VRA eligibility applies to the following categories:
    *Disabled Veterans
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  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019 12:39 AM
    Wow spring is finally here! Our volunteer drivers have escorted eleven veterans to Roudebush Hospital at Indianapolis and eight Veterans to Danville, Ill. hospital. I also received 58 phone calls to my office this past month and had seven veterans into my office for consultations. Any veteran that needs a ride to Danville, IL or Roudebush Hospital in Indy please call me at 765-361-4133 at least a week in advance. 
    We have two new volunteer drivers we are in the process of getting them signed up to drive the VA Vans. Thank you and I will give you their names after we have all the credentials in order. If you are still interested in being a volunteer van driver for us please call me at 765-361-4133. We will help you with the paperwork. 
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  • Friday, March 8, 2019 3:46 PM
    Can’t believe it is March with this weather. Burrrrr it is cold outside. Our Volunteer drivers have escorted 12 veterans to Roudebush at Indianapolis, and two veterans to the Danville, Ill. Hospital. I also had 23 veterans visit my office for consultations. We received a total of 60 calls from vets this month to the office. Any veteran that needs a ride to Danville, Ill. or Roudebush Hospital in Indy please call me at 361-4133 at least a week in advance.
    One of our van drivers Jim Gobble has retired from driving this year. We would like to thank Jim for his many hours of service in escorting veterans to the VA hospitals in all kinds of weather. It has been a pleasure working with Mr. Gobble. At this time we are in search of at least two new volunteer drivers to fulfill our needs. The pay is low but the rewards in volunteering are immeasurable. All veterans try and schedule their appointments in the morning Monday thru Friday for us. Drivers do not have to be a veteran, but must hold a valid driver’s license. The driver will need to complete a physical and a background check through the VA. We can help set up the appointment. One of our drivers will take you to the VA to complete the process. Please call me at 361-4133 if you are interested. 
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  • Tuesday, February 26, 2019 4:00 AM
    Well we received a short reprieve for a couple of days from the cold but its back! Our volunteer drivers have escorted ten veterans to Roudebush Hospital in Indy and two veterans to Danville VA Hospital. Any veteran that needs a ride to the two hospitals should contact me at least a week in advance for the office to schedule a ride. 
    The office number is (765) 361-4133. In January there were ten veterans who came to the office for consultations.
    There is now a new service for veterans who are residents of Montgomery County. The Montgomery County Free Clinic for Medical or Dental care for families who: are residents of Montgomery County; have a household income at or below 300 percent of the Federal Guidelines; do not have health insurance; Medicaid; Medicare; or HIP 2.0. What all this means is that if you have an income with one person of $36,420 or two people in the household at $49,380 or three people at $62,340 they would qualify to receive a free teeth cleaning. Go online to mcfreeclinic.org. or come into the clinic to get an application. The clinic is located at 816 Mill Street, Crawfordsville, IN 47933 and their phone number is 765-362-3244.
    Looking for work, here are two places you may apply. Rieth-Riley Construction Co. Inc. a union shop which covers heavy/highway contractor engaged in the construction of highways, roads, streets, bridges, parking lots, underground utilities and site work. Please contact the company at 3425 O’Farrel Rd, Lafayette, IN 47905 phone 765-447-2324.
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  • Thursday, December 13, 2018 8:54 PM
    December is here and it sure is cold outside. Our Volunteer drivers escorted five veterans to Roudebush Hospital in Indianapolis and two veterans to Danville Hospital Danville, Ill. Any veterans that would like to schedule a ride to either of the Hospitals should contact me at (765) 361-4133 at least one week in advance of your appointment. The phone lines were busy this last month as I had forty phone calls into the office and eleven visitors to the office. Our office hours are as follows: Monday and Wednesday all day from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. till 4:30 p.m. then on Tuesday and Thursday I am here from 9 a.m. to noon. The veterans of Montgomery County receive each month $89,500 in benefits. 
    This month Marco’s Pizza at 400 West Market Street Crawfordsville, IN had a Fund Raiser on Wednesday the 12th of December for the Veterans Service Office and it was 15% all day for carry out or dine in customers. The money raised will go towards Christmas gifts for the veterans in the Montgomery County nursing homes. Also we need to remember December 7th 1941 as a day that will live in Infamy this was the beginning of WWII. It is of great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of our 41st President George H. W. Bush. He was a great man and patriot. 
    We also need to remember that in January 2019 military retirees, those who receive disability for other benefits from the Department of Veterans ‘Affairs, Federal Retirees, and Social Security recipients’ will see a 2.8% pay raise in their checks in 2019.
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  • Friday, November 16, 2018 11:20 PM
    November is here and the weather has changed to cold blustery days now. Our Volunteer drivers escorted twelve veterans to Roudebush Hospital in Indianapolis and eleven veterans to the Danville VAMC. Any veterans that would like to schedule a ride to either of the Hospitals should contact me at 765-361-4133 at least one week in advance before your appointment. The phone lines were busy this month as we had fifty three phone calls into the office with twelve visitors this month. 
    Our Office Hours are as follows: Monday & Wednesday 9am to 12:00 and 1pm to 4:30pm then on Tuesday and Thursday 9am to 12:00 noon. The Veterans of Montgomery County receive each month $90,000 in benefits. 
    Marines and families of the fallen gathered recently to mark the 35th anniversary of the 1983 suicide bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut that killed 241 in what the Trump administration has called the “opening Salvo” in the global war on terror. “I think we all kind of grew up that day, because we knew the world had changed, Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller said at the annual ceremony of remembrance at the memorial for the fallen in Camp Lejeune, North Caroline. 
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  • Tuesday, September 11, 2018 10:18 PM
    September has arrived with some heat but cooler weather is coming in. Our volunteer drivers escorted eight Veterans to Roudebush Hospital in Indianapolis and four Veterans to Danville, Ill. Any veteran that needs a ride to either hospital can contact me at 765-361-4133 at least a week before you need to be there. The phone lines were busy this past month with forty eight phone calls to the office and eleven veterans came into my office this month with appointments. 
    Our office hours are as follows: Monday & Wednesday. 9am till 12:00 noon and 1pm till 4:30 PM then on Tuesday and Thursday 9am till Noon. The Veterans of Montgomery County are currently receiving a total of $85,660 per month in benefits. 
    Walgreens is now offering No-Cost flu shots for Veterans; please take your DD-214 or a Veteran ID card with you. We will again be offering free flu shots at the Veteran Expo on Thursday October 18th from 8 am till 2pm. This year Whitlock Place will be giving flu shots on Tuesday, September. 18th from 9:00 – 12:00. 
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  • Friday, August 10, 2018 4:00 AM
    Cannot believe it is August with temperatures being mild and students going back to school already. The month of July was a little more in line with what we are used to as we had 13 Veterans that were escorted to Roudebush Hospital in Indianapolis, and three Veterans who went to Danville, Ill. Please call me at (765) 361-4133 at least a week before to schedule a ride to either hospital. I had 58 phone calls to the office and 21 visitors. A lot of paperwork was filled out.
    I spent one week at Camp Atterbury for training and it was good to see the other VSOs in the state as to what is going on elsewhere. The Montgomery County Veterans received a total of $85,660 in benefits in July. 
    Again our office hours are as follows: Monday it is 9 a.m. to noon and then head to Veterans Court then back to office till 4:30 pm. Wednesday 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday office hours are 9 a.m. till noon.
    There has been a question on whether or not you should take Part “B” of Medicare or not. There is not a clear answer as if you are ok with paying say an Ambulance ride to a hospital or a doctor’s visit then you don’t need to take part “B” and if you are at 100 percent you would not need to take it, but if you don’t have 100 percent and you don’t always go to the VA for doctor visits then you would need to take it. 
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  • Thursday, July 5, 2018 4:00 AM
    Hope everyone enjoyed their 4th of July with the extreme heat. Cooler weather would be nice. The office has been busier this month with forty nine phone calls and nineteen visitors. 
    Our local volunteer drivers escorted eleven veterans to Roudebush VA hospital in Indianapolis and four veterans to Danville VA hospital. Any veteran who needs a ride to the VA should contact my office at 765-361-4133 preferably a week in advance to be able to get a volunteer to drive. It is best to make your appointments for the morning Monday through Friday. 
    Update a lift chair was located for the veteran in need last month. Thank you Ralph LeJune. 
    I will be out of town the week of July 9-July 12th for training. 
    On Saturday July 28th Whitlock Place will be hosting a Veterans Picnic from 11am -2pm. The Boy Scouts Color Guard will be kicking off the festivities. Please join us to honor our veterans and raise funds for Honor Flights & Operation Comfort Warriors. Enjoy a delicious lunch for $5 while listening to music featuring the patriotic sounds of “Farmers Daughter” and local favorites Terry Smith’s band, “Like Father, Like Son” & The Tony Page Band. 
    The USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor Closed Indefinitely. 
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  • Saturday, June 16, 2018 4:00 AM
    June has arrived with the temperatures being very mild and we welcome this. This month was rather slow in the office with receiving only 18 phone calls and eleven visitors to the office. Our local volunteer drivers escorted nine veterans to Roudebush VA hospital in Indianapolis and two Veterans to the Danville VA Hospital. Any veteran who needs a ride to the VA should contact my office at 765-361-4133 preferably a week in advance to be able to get a volunteer to drive. It is best to make your appointments for the morning Monday through Friday. 
    We are looking for a Lift Chair for a veteran. If you have one for sale, please call the office at 1-(765) 361-4133 we need it within two weeks of this letter.
    We have a new event for County Veterans. All veterans are invited to email and or call retired college-HS teacher Coach Mike Walker, who holds a BS and MA degree in Health-Nutrition and Fitness to receive free information in all of those 3 areas. His info for vets can be received via email or in his monthly class to be held in Crawfordsville with classes starting in July. So please call or email Coach Walker and let him know if you would be interested in (1) his new monthly class or (2) his email… or both. It’s all about health-nutrition and fitness for Vets. Coach Walker is a 1958 CHS grad and was born and raised in Crawfordsville. He is offering this program for Vets….to honor the memory of his two brothers from Crawfordsville, Captain Jack Walker (Army) (Korea) and PFC Joe Walker (Vietnam). Email Coach Walker at coach.mikewalker@comcast.net or call him at 765-635-6360. 
    Another local event will be Monday, June 25 th at the Crawfordsville District Public Library from ten o’clock to Noon with Congressman Todd Rokita presents Indiana’s 4th District Veterans Office Hours for any questions you may have for him. 
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  • Friday, May 11, 2018 4:00 AM
    May is here and the weather has changed, warm weather has arrived! Hooray! Well we have had a very busy month. We had fifty three phone calls to the office and seventeen visits.
    Our volunteer van drivers have escorted eight veterans to Roudebush in Indianapolis and seven veterans to the Danville, Ill. to the VA. I have had two people call to sign up to be VA van drivers and I want to say thank you.
    What is the veteran Award Recovery you ask? It is the amount of money given to veterans who have war related disabilities. Our county veterans received compensation in the amount of 91,493.00 this past month. 
    Honor Flight was April 17, 2018, when 85 veterans along with their guardians went to Washington D.C. to see their memorials and it was again great. It was a little cool but they still had a fantastic time. For the first time we stopped at the Pentagon to see the memorial for those that lost their lives on 9.11.2001. It was very surreal. 
    Now I need to ask the people of Montgomery County to let me know who the oldest veteran of Montgomery County is. We are doing something special to recognize that veteran. Please call me at 765-401-0432. 
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  • Wednesday, May 2, 2018 4:00 AM
    Well the weather thus far for April has really been interesting. I think the April Fool Prankster is still out an about playing with Mother Nature. I’m looking forward to warmer weather, sooner than later this spring. Our volunteer VA Van drivers have escorted 12 veterans to Roudebush in Indianapolis and eight veterans to the Danville, Ill. to the VA. We are in search of more volunteer drivers as one is having health issues of his own and another one a family member whom has health issue that are keeping them both from volunteering. If you would be interested in becoming a volunteer driver please call the office at (765) 401-0432.
    What is the Veteran Award Recovery you ask? It is the amount of money given to veterans who have war related disabilities. Our County veterans received compensation in the amount of $75,588.00 this past month. 
    The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall will be coming back to Indiana this summer over at Ft. Harrison at Lawrence. It will be displayed one block north of the Finance Center on Lawton Loop Parade Field in Lawrence from May 31 to June 4, 2018. The opening ceremony will be Saturday, June 2, 2018 Saturday at 2 p.m. So if you have time take a road trip over to see it again. 
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  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018 4:00 AM
    The short month of February is gone and there is spring in the air with the spring daffodils coming up. That is great to hear. But, now let’s get down to the real reason we are here. In the month of February the volunteer drivers transported seven veterans to Indianapolis and six veterans to Danville, IL. We have six drivers that are active in driving for our County veterans. 
    My office hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m. till noon. On Wednesday I will be in from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. till 4:30 p.m. Please call me if these times don’t fit your schedule. 
    I have new information for you it is the money the veterans and their spouses receive from the VA. The amount for this month in February was $76,258.50. These are funds that Veterans in Montgomery County received from service related issues. This includes American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans. If you feel you have a service related problem please give the office a call. I do almost all the paperwork on-line now. 
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