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Senior Times - January 2018Serving Our
Aaron D. Edlefson, Veterans Affairs
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Welcome to 2018! We have just concluded the end-of-year holidays
in which we wish peace to all and on January 15, we as a country take time to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The message that Dr. King spread during his 39 years was one
of peace, hope, and justice. Robert Kennedy, when speaking of Dr. King’s assassination on April 4, 1968, said, “What we need in the United States
is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not vio- lence and lawlessness; but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another...”
The overarching theme across the holidays is one of love, peace, and com- passion. Even reaching back to Veterans Day, President Wilson on the first Armistice Day proclamation stated that the end of World War I gave America
a chance to, “... show her sympathy with peace and justice in the council of nations...”
President Eisenhower on the first Veterans Day proclamation also spoke of peace. In his October 8, 1954, Veterans Day Proclamation, President Eisenhower said, “... let us reconse- crate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.”
As we delve into 2018, we should each strive to promote peace,
understanding, and hope throughout
the year and not just when the holidays prompt us. At Calhoun County Veterans Affairs we endeavor to do this through our core values of respect, compassion, integrity, attentiveness, courage, and accountability.
Regardless of where you are in life, when you come through our doors you will be welcomed with respect and compassion as we connect you with the benefits that you have earned. Dr. King, speaking at Western Michigan University on December 18, 1963, summed up the notion of universal respect by simply stating, “Every American must be treated as a person.” The new year is also a great time to take care of things that you have been putting off in the past year.
It is not uncommon for us to hear Veterans or their families say that they shouldn’t have waited to check into Veterans’ benefits. Don’t let time pass you by!
As Ben Franklin said, “Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.”
If you have specific benefits ques- tions, or just want to see what benefits you might be eligible for, please don’t hesitate to contact us! Calhoun County Veterans Affairs can be reached at (269) 969-6735. We are located on the third 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@cal-
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The Telephone Reassurance Program is for people who have a need for frequent contact or a desire for regular social
interaction. That need may be short- term or ongoing. The phone call they receive may be a friendly conversation or a connection to assistance, depend- ing on the need.
The mission of the Telephone Reassurance is to assist the home- bound adult, whose desire is to remain in an independent setting or to give support to a caregiver.
There are occasions where someone returns home from hospitalization and a daily contact to assure that they are continuing to progress is all that is nec- essary.
For those who are homebound, a
friendly voice at the end of the phone gives them comfort. A chance to chit- chat and reminisce can make life a lot more worthwhile. The volunteers who call, often report back that someone on their calling list, thanked them over and over for the call and for listening.
The opportunity to become a volunteer caller is also a part of the Telephone Reassurance Program. The commitment can be as little as a couple of hours a month. There is a telephone center where calls are made and sup- port staff for a caller who is faced with an unusual and concerning situation. Most generally though, it is a matter of being that cheerful voice and an active listener.
To receive information to participate in the Telephone Reassurance program or to become a volunteer caller make contact by calling (269) 963-0746
and leave your call back information. The program is limited to residents of Calhoun County.
Legal Advice &
Services for Seniors
By: Karen Braasch
Legal Services of South Central Michigan-Battle Creek office will conduct interviews for legal advice and possible representation, without charge, to interested seniors.
• Wednesday, January 17, 11am- 12pm, Heritage Commons Senior Enrichment Center, 13444 Preston Drive, Marshall, MI, 49068.
• Wednesday, January 24, 11am- 12pm, Springview Tower Senior Center, 231 Springview Drive, Battle Creek, MI, 49037.
Contact legal Services of South Central Michigan Calhoun / Branch/ Barry Office at 123 West Territorial Road in Battle Creek or call (269) 965-3951 ext. 325.

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