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VETERANS
Aaron D. Edlefson, Special to Senior Times
2021 PROPOSED BUDGET
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Calhoun County 11th Annual Senior Fair
                                The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) recently released their proposed budget for fiscal year 2021, which totals $243.3 billion. That is a huge number, but consider that in Calhoun County alone, DVA expenditures exceeded $109 million in 2018. These dollars fund countless programs that help not only our Veterans and their families, but also the entire community.
their Veteran status. This will assist Veterans with both healthcare and fil- ing for disability benefits.
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Highlighted in the 2021 budget were several programs or categories that have been given high priority by Secretary Wilkie and the rest of the VA’s leadership.
• Capital Investments: The VA has ded- icated $1.9 billion towards construc- tions projects.
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• Blue Water Navy: Last month, I wrote about the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 that allows Veterans who were on ships within 12 nautical miles off the coast of Vietnam to file for Agent Orange association conditions. 2021 funds will be dedi- cated to hire additional staff to pro- cess claims, handle calls, and conduct quality checks for these claims.
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    • MISSION (Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks) Act: The MISSION Act provides and enhances many services at the VA including the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. It also gives Veterans more options when it comes to accessing medical care.
• VA National Cemeteries: In 2019, the National Cemetery Administration received the highest rating from the American Customer Satisfaction Index for any public or private orga- nizations. Locally, the Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta does an incredible job honoring the men and women who have served our country. The 2021 budget allows for increased burial access nationwide.
Exhibits in Cafeteria
Miles for Memories  Great Brain Help Home Program - ID Bracelets Smart911 Registration Seymour the Inflatable Colon Help station for Census 2020
 • Preventing Veteran Suicide: The 2021 budget for suicide prevention pro- grams is 32% higher than it was in 2020 and will support the President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS) program, an Executive Order signed on March 5, 2019.
• Logistics: The request also includes funding to update the VA’s sup-
ply chain to more efficiently serve Veterans.
• Women’s Health: The 2021 budget allows for more funding for gen- der-specific healthcare for women.
If you have questions about any of the programs listed above, 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 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@calhouncountymi.gov.
Call (269) 781-0846 for more information
Sponsors:
    • Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM): This pro- gram will eventually create a, “single longitudinal electronic health record” that will follow an individual through their active military service into
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