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I t was 242 years ago today that our forefathers signed the Declaration of Independence.Today let us celebrate our freedom and honor those that fight for our liberty.
223 N. Bedford Rd. • Battle Creek • 269-965-5145
Pre-planning is important for life.
A great deal of time at Calhoun County Veterans Affairs is spent assist- ing Veterans in submitting claims for service-connected disability compen- sation with the Department of Veterans Affairs. This compensation is a month- ly, tax-free monetary benefit that is paid to Veterans who have disabilities, diseases, or injuries that were either caused or made worse by their military service. As you can imagine, the dis- abilities, diseases, and injuries that are covered by compensation are vast and include both physical and mental inju- ries.
A common misconception is that the Department of Veterans Affairs will only compensate for injuries that are incurred in combat. While the VA does compensate for combat injuries, they will also compensate for injuries that were incurred at any point in a military career (as long as there wasn’t willful misconduct). The same goes for certain diseases and conditions that might have been diagnosed during or within one year after service.
The VA will compensate for cer- tain injuries, medical conditions, and disabilities that have occurred during a time of service in the military, not only those that occurred in combat. Calhoun County Veterans Affairs can be reached at (269) 969-6735 to help you determine if you qualify.
There are also special groups of Veterans who are entitled to compen- sation because of “presumptive” con- ditions. These are conditions that the VA will assume were caused by service based on time and location served.
Veterans in groups with presumptive conditions include Vietnam Veterans, Veterans exposed to hazardous mate- rials (such as radiation, mustard gas, or asbestos), Gulf War Veterans, and Prisoners of War. The most common presumptive claims we see are from Vietnam Veterans and are for diabetes type 2, ischemic heart disease, pros- tate cancer, and respiratory cancers. However, this list is not conclusive. If you would like the full list please con- tact our office.
Recently another group was added to list of presumptive conditions consisting of individuals who were stationed for at least 30 days aboard Camp Lejeune between January 1, 1957 and December 31, 1987. Current presumptive conditions for this group are adult leukemia, aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes, blad- der cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin’s lym- phoma, and Parkinson’s disease.
The VA continuously reviews con- ditions to see if they meet the scientific and medical criteria to become a pre- sumptive condition. That being said, just because a condition isn’t included on a presumptive list now doesn’t mean that it won’t be in the future.
If you feel like you may have a service-connected disability or if you aren’t sure, but would like to check, please call our office. Likewise, if you have any questions regarding 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. Reach us by e-mail at va@calhoun-
Aaron D. Edlefson, Special to Senior Times
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Marian E. Burch Adult Day Care Center
Providing support Monday-Friday, 7am-4:30pm so you can keep your loved one in their own home environment as long as possible.
• Care Conference meetings with Caregivers to discuss loved ones’ progress.
• Transportation, Nutritious Meal, and snacks.
• Variety of daily cognitive and physical activities, including music, art, and community out- ings.
• Full-time nurse providing medication management and medical monitoring. Our nurse works closely with your primary care physician.
• Full-time Certified Nurse Aides providing personal care including whirlpool baths, shaving and per- sonal care.
• Pre-arranged Overnight Respite
• Restorative Therapy available.
• Full-service beauty shop and podiatry services available.
• Serving adults 18 years and older Monday - Friday, 7am-4:30-pm
• Financial assistance available to those who qualify.
Marian E. Burch is a department of Calhoun County Medical Care Facility since 1983.
1150 E. Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49014 (269) 962-1750
Learn Signs Of Elder Abuse
How To Report It
By: Lynn Sutfin
One in 10 older adults in the United States experiences abuse, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is encour- aging residents to learn the warning signs of elder abuse and the ways they can help prevent it.
According to the Elder and Vulnerable Adult Abuse Awareness Day proclamation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder, “Michigan’s older adults are valued members of our state, and it is our responsibility to ensure their safety and minimize crimes against them.”
Physical, psychological or verbal abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, and finan- cial exploitation are all considered forms of elder abuse and can occur in both private homes and institutional set- tings, such as nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Perpetrators are often family members, friends or neighbors of the victim, and are often suffering from mental health or phys- ical problems or are having financial problems.
“All Michigan residents should watch for signs of abuse, such as phys- ical trauma, withdrawal, depression, anxiety, and fear of family members, friends or caregivers,” said Nick Lyon, MDHHS director. “Efforts to identify, report and investigate elder abuse are critically important in reducing the harm to older adults. If you suspect someone is being abused, contact
Adult Protective Services or local law enforcement if someone is in immediate danger.”
Older adults are also encouraged to plan ahead to protect themselves
against financial exploitation and be aware of the possibility of scams, as these crimes are becoming more com- mon across Michigan.
Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) around the state can also connect seniors to community-based services that can assist them in maintaining or increasing their independence, helping them reduce the risk of abuse. To get information about your local AAA, visit the Aging & Adult Services Agency website or call 517-373-8230.
If you feel that you are a victim of elder abuse or know someone who is, report suspected mistreatment to Adult Protective Services by calling 855-444-3911 any time day or night.
Allegations will be investigat- ed within 24 hours after a report is received.
If someone is being abused in
a facility, contact Adult Protective Services and call the Michigan Long- Term Care Ombudsman Program at 866-485-9393.
For more information about the forms of elder abuse, visit the Adult Protective Services website.
Important Websites:
• Adult Protective Services – https://,5885,7- 339-73971_7119_50647---,00.html
• Aging & Adult Services Agency – 1,4635,7-234-64081-295815--,00.html
• Michigan Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program –

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