Practical News for Veterans

Veterans may be eligible for tax refunds on disability severance. Find out if you
are eligible: https://www.wearethemighty.com/eligible-big-veterans-tax-refund

VISIT THE WELLNESS RANCH -- Volunteers are invited to visit the Wellness
Ranch. The Wellness Ranch is located on Couch Market Road and will be starting
a Equine Assisted program for Veterans soon. The program also includes Yoga
and Acupuncture. Come see what the Ranch has to offer plus help spruce up the
place and assist in completing both the outdoor and indoor yoga studio. To
volunteer & more info: pam.mindt@gmail.com or 503-389-0431 or
info@thewellranch.org

NEW POST! The Department of Education is sending letters to veterans with
severe disabilities notifying them that they may be eligible for a tax-free discharge
of their outstanding student loans. Watch your mailbox!
NEW POST! "Forever GI Bill" expands VA educational benefits. Check the link:
https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/51050/forever-gi-bill-expands-va-educational-benefits/

HONOR FLIGHT OF CENTRAL OREGON is still in business and taking Korean
War veterans from Central Oregon on 4-day trips to Washington, DC to see their
Korean War memorial, the US Capitol and Arlington Cemetery and other
memorials. WWII veterans can also still apply for these trips. For more
information, contact Deanna Nielsen at 541-280-1340 or
HFCO.Deannalynn@gmail.com

AVOIDING VA BENEFITS OVERPAYMENTS:
https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/50310/avoiding-va-benefits-overpayments/
15 WAYS THE VETERANS ADMIN (VA) IS IMPROVING ITS SERVICES:

https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/50253/15-ways-va-improving-veterans-
experience-right-now

ANYONE with a certified hearing impairment is eligible for a FREE CLEAR
CAPTION PHONE. Jeff Houston is the local Rep and can be contacted at 541-
200-5892 or jeff.houston@clearcaptions.com
FREE ONLINE 25 MIN SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING from the VA, covering
these topics:
 Suicide as a public health issue in the U.S.
 Signs that a Veteran may be at risk for suicide
 Actions people can take if they identify a Veteran at risk.
More info for video: https://psycharmor.org/courses/s-a-v-e/ or read the article:

https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/49409/va-psycharmor-institute-offer-online-suicide-
prevention-training/

“WHAT TO DO BEFORE A VETERAN DIES. A GUIDE TO PRE-PLANNING” is
a pamphlet published by the American Legion has a pamphlet titled more info:

https://www.legion.org/sites/legion.org/files/legion/publications/What-to-do-before-
a-Veteran-Dies-WEB.pdf . Free of charge. Also, What a Veteran can do on his/her

own: https://www.va.gov/vaforms/va/pdf/VA40-10007.pdf

TAKE A VETERAN FISHING! Information about using the Bend Band of Brothers’
fishing boat, contact East Lake Resort in La Pine at 541-536-2230 or email at
eastlakeresort@gmail.com

Veterans...Interested in EMERGENCY TRANSITIONAL HOUSING? Please
contact: Lee Griego, United States Air Force Veteran (Ret), Housing Case
Manager, COVO, at 541-383-2793, ext. 126 or email: lee.griego@covo-us.org

Veterans can purchase a home with no down payment and no fees. All veterans
with honorable discharge are eligible. Diane Kenyon is a Home Loan Specialist.
She can get you started by providing you a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility
with just a copy of your DD214. Call her today at 541-350-2863. Loan Officer
NMLS #1543278, Stearns Lending, LLC, Email: dkenyon@stearns.com
The FEDERAL LONG TERM CARE INSURANCE PROGRAM (FLTCIP) provides
long term care insurance to help pay for costs of care when you need help. Click
on the link for more info: Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program Eligibility

TRANSPORTATION TO CBOC: If you are a veteran, have no other means of
transportation, and you need a ride to the Bend CBOC, contact Paula at COVO at
least 4 days in advance 541-383-2793. If you need a ride to the VAMC in
Portland, call DAV as soon as possible 503-721-7804.

Send your Veterans info to: Steve Wilkes, C.O. Veterans Council, at
sgwilkes73@gmail.com

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