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From The
    11th Annual Calhoun County Senior Fair
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2020 • 10am-1:30pm
Marshall Middle School Gym 100 E. Green Street, Marshall
This FREE event showcase local business and public services with special interest to older adults, caregivers & families.
• Exhibits in Cafeteria
• Presentations
• Vendor Displays
Free bag lunch 11am-1pm
Call (269) 781-0846 for more information
This event is brought to you by:
State Senator, John Bizon, M.D., District 19
    I hope the first quarter of 2020 is off to a great start. Let this be a reminder to each of us to take good care of ourselves for our health’s sake.
session, Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State address on January 29 and the introduction and passage of Senate and House bills.
 I’d like to talk a little about senior companions, and the importance of the senior citizen-companion relationship has on one’s overall health.
I am honored to have been named the 2019 Legislator of the Year by the Coalition to Keep Michigan Warm at a Capitol event in December. The event recognized legislators and community leaders for their work on energy issues for low-income families.
Senior Companions is just one orga- nization that, since 1974, has continu- ously made a difference in senior citi- zen’s lives by providing assistance and friendship to adults who have difficulty with daily living task, including shop- ping or paying bills.
I received the award for sponsoring Senate Bill 451 (now Public Act 87
of 2019), which allows the Michigan Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) to continue through 2023. It is an honor
to be recognized with this award by
the Coalition to Keep Michigan warm. I believe it is important that we all do what we can to help those who need assistance, especially during our colder months. That is why I sponsored Senate Bill 451.
                         Companion assistance helps senior adults retain their dignity and remain independent in their homes rather than having to move to more costly care.
It’s extremely important that I am able to connect one-on-one with my constituents on a regular basis. Please join me for a conversation on state gov- ernment, an issue you’re having with
a state department or just to say hello. Throughout the year, I’ll host office hours in various communities in the district.
    We Provide Top
Senior Companions serve from five to 40 hours a week and receive hourly stipends. They must be age 55 or older and meet established income eligibility guidelines. In addition to the stipend, they receive accident, personal liability, and excess automobile liability insurance coverage; assistance with the cost of transportation; recognition; and, as feasi- ble, meals during their assignments.
  Quality Nursing
Care & Therapy!
• Skilled Nursing Care • Respite Care
• Palliative Care
• Wound Care
• Short-Term Rehab
• Outpatient Rehab
• Stroke Rehab
• Joint Replacement Rehab
If you’d like additional information on senior companions and services that the State of Michigan offers to assist people in remaining in their homes, please visit or call the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ Aging and Adult Services Agency at (517) 241-4100.
This month, I will be at the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce
from 9-10am on February 7. I also will be at the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce from 11am-noon on February 7. If you have an urgent issue, you may call (517) 373-2426.
                                          (269) 968-2296 •
The State Legislature has gotten off to a busy start with a return to the 2020
Publisher’s Note: Congratulations Senator Bizon on being named the 2019 Legislator of the Year by the Coalition to Keep Michigan Warm.
 Serving Our
  ANNUAL • 7thR CK
& Silent Auction
Friday, May 15th, 2020 @ 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Silent Auction Hours: Friday 9am-7:30pm Held in the Community Room
Calhoun County Medical Care Facility
1150 East Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49014
Join us as we rock to promote awareness of dementia,
raise funds for Miles for Memories, and support Calhoun County residents with dementia and their caregivers with overnight respite.
TO DONATE: Stop by during our ROCK•A•THON! OR MAIL TO: CCMCF C/O ROCK•A•THON 1150 E. Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49014
  For additional information call (269) 962-5458 ext.304
                                                                                  AGENT ORANGE EXPOSURE CLAIM
affects blue water Vietnam Veterans (the term “Navy” in the law is a misnomer as it applies to anyone on ship regard- less of branch), it’s important to note that Agent Orange was not only used in Vietnam. It was also used at the Korean DMZ (September 1, 1967 to August 31, 1971), and certain bases in Thailand (February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975). Additionally, if you had regular contact with a C-123 aircraft between 1971 and 1981, it is possible you were exposed to residual Agent Orange.
On January 1, 2020, the Department of Veterans Affairs began making deci- sions on service-connected disability claims that were made based on the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 (Public Law 116-23), which was signed into law by the President on June 25, 2019.
The law addresses Veterans who served up to 12 nautical miles off the coast of Vietnam between January
9, 1962 and May 7, 1975. The law makes those Veterans eligible to apply for service-connected disability as a result of Agent Orange exposure. The Veteran does not have to prove expo- sure to Agent Orange, but must have
at least one of the fourteen conditions that the VA presumes to be associated with Agent Orange exposure. Those conditions are AL amyloidosis, chronic b-cell leukemias, chloracne, diabetes mellitus type 2, Hodgkin’s disease, isch- emic heart disease, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Parkinson’s disease, early-onset peripheral neurop- athy, porphyria cutanea tarda, prostate cancer, respiratory cancers (lung, larynx, trachea, and bronchus), and soft tissue sarcomas (except osteosarcoma, chon- drosarcoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, or meso- thelioma).
The passing of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act is yet another poi- gnant reminder of how war can continue to affect Veterans and their families even after the Veteran returns home.
Aaron D. Edlefson, Special to Senior Times
 Spouses of Veterans who died of,
or from complications of, any of these conditions can also apply for a monthly monetary benefit even if the Veteran never filed for service-connected dis- ability.
If you have any questions regarding claims associated with Agent Orange exposure, or any other benefits for Veterans or their families, please don’t hesitate to call our office or stop by and visit us. Calhoun County Veterans Affairs can be reached at (269) 969- 6735. We are located on the third
If you’ve previously had an Agent Orange associated claim denied because it failed to meet the “boots on the ground” criteria, and you (or the Veteran in the case of a surviving spouse) were within 12 miles of the coast of Vietnam, we strongly recom- mend reapplying.
  While Public Law 116-23 only
floor of the Toeller Building at 190 E. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek, MI 49014. If you would prefer to reach us by e-mail, you can do so at va@calhoun-

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