2009-04-30 / Local & State

Free Veterans Assistance Available

Jim Krobath of the Governors Veterans Outreach and Assistance Center will visit F&M Trust in Penn's Village Shopping Center, McConnellsburg, on Tuesday, May 12. Free help and advice will be available for veterans and family members from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

A person may be eligible for a pension from the Department of Veterans Affairs if they are a veteran with wartime service or the surviving spouse of one, and you are permanently and totally disabled or 65 years of age or older, and meet the annual income thresholds by law. For those who are "housebound," require the help of another person; in an assisted living facility, or a nursing home, may be eligible under the "aid and attendance" program.

The VA secretary announced that amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is now a presumptive illness. Any veteran diagnosed with this illness who served 90 days or more of continuous active military service is eligible to receive compensation benefits. This applies to all claims for benefits received by VA on or after September 23, 2008.

The representative will have answers to questions and provide more information about these and other federal/state benefits. Applicants should bring separation documents or other proof of service to the outreach location. Lost, misplaced or damaged documents can be replaced.

Veterans needing information or assistance at times other than the scheduled visit can call the Harrisburg center, toll free in PA at 1-800-932-0930, e-mail at gvoac@comcast.net or visit gvoac.com.

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