2009-08-06 / Local & State

Free Veterans Assistance

Jim Krobath of the Governor's Veterans Outreach and Assistance Center will visit F&M Trust in the Penn's Village Shopping Center in McConnellsburg on Tuesday, August 18, 2009. Free help and advice will be available for veterans and family members from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

If you are a veteran with wartime service or the surviving spouse with low income, or require assistance from another person, or housebound, or in an assisted living facility, or nursing home, and meet the annual income thresholds set by law, you may be eligible for a VA pension.

The VA has identified Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig's disease, as 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.

Under a new regulation effective June 15, DVA will enroll veterans whose income exceeds current means-tested thresholds by 10 percent. Those veterans who applied before 2009, but were rejected due to income, must reapply.

Our representative will have answers to your questions and provide more information about these and other federal/state benefits. Be sure to bring your separation document or other proof of service to the outreach location.

Veterans needing information or assistance at times other than our scheduled visit can call the Harrisburg center, toll ree in Pennsylvania, at 1-800-032-0930, e-mail us at gvoac@comcast.net or visit www.gvoac.com.

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