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 Late fall and winter months can be difficult. There are many factors that make these months particularly diffi- cult. One factor is Michigan weather. As I write this in mid-December, so far, the weather has been relatively mild. Even though we have had a few dustings of snow, there has been no accumulation. Temperatures during
the day have mostly remained above freezing and it seems like the sun is out a little more than usual. However, as Michiganders we know that harsh weather is coming. Shorter days also make things more difficult. Even on days when the sun is shining, it always seems to dip below the horizon far
someone else. Remain attentive to those around you, ask how they are doing, let them know you care about them, and ask if they need help.
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STRUGGLES & SOLUTIONS
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It can be difficult to acknowledge that you need help. Many things stand in the way of asking for help. Pride, fear, worry, and the belief that no one can help are some reasons that prevent people from asking for help. However, there are people in the community who are willing to help and will not judge you.
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                                    too early. That reduction in sunlight can negatively affect us. End-of-year holidays can also be hard for several reasons and those struggles can still resonate into the new year. For some, the holidays remind them of people who are no longer with us, those who were dearly loved and whose void can never be filled. For some, the holidays amplify financial struggles. For some, there’s a sense of failure or disappoint- ment as the previous year did not pan out like they had hoped it would.
If you are a Veteran in need, please do not hesitate to contact Calhoun County Veterans Affairs or the Battle Creek VA Medical Center. Contact information for Calhoun County Veterans Affairs can be found below and the phone number for the Battle Creek VA Medical Center is (269) 966-5600.
 If you are a Veteran in crisis, please do not hesitate to call the Veterans Crisis Line at (800) 273- 8255. The Veterans Crisis Line can also be contacted via text at 838255 or through chat at www.veteranscrisisline.net.
If you have questions related to benefits for Veterans or their families, please feel free to contact our office. Calhoun County Veterans Affairs can be reached at (269) 969-6735. If you would prefer to reach us by e-mail, you can do so at va@calhouncountymi.gov.
By: Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist
don’t reduce your Social Security ben- efits because of your military benefits. When you’re ready to apply for Social Security retirement benefits, go to www.socialsecurity.gov/applyonline. This is the fastest and easiest way to apply. For your convenience, you can always save your progress during your application and complete it later. We thank you for your military service!
 Everyone struggles with different issues and it is important to remem- ber that we often do not know what one another struggle with. It is also important to remember that no matter how small a struggle may seem to you, it may seem momentous to
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ANSWER:
 Bill to Help Prevent
  Stealing Tax Refunds
By: Annie Clark
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that starting in January, the Identity Protection (IP) PIN program will now be expanded to all taxpayers who can properly verify their identities. This expansion was prompted by the Taxpayer Identity Protection Act, bipartisan legislation authored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Doug Jones (D-AL) to thwart identity theft tax refund fraud and prevent American taxpayers and seniors from falling victim. This legislation was signed into law last year as a provision in the Taxpayer First Act.
Identity theft tax refund fraud cost Americans $1.7 billion in 2016.
expansion by the IRS is an encourag- ing, concrete step to help protect tax- payers from being ripped off by crim- inals and ensure that they receive the refunds to which they are entitled.”
“Each year, tens of thousands of Americans are victims of tax refund fraud, and seniors are particularly vulnerable,” said Senator Collins, the Chairman of the Aging Committee. “Having an IP PIN has proven to pro- tect against identity theft. This
Taxpayers who obtain an IP PIN should never share their code with anyone but their trusted tax provider. The IRS will never call to request the taxpayer's IP PIN, and taxpayers must be alert to potential IP PIN scams.
The IP PIN is a six-digit number assigned to eligible taxpayers to help prevent the misuse of their Social Security number on fraudulent federal income tax returns. An IP PIN helps the IRS verify a taxpayer's identity and accept their electronic or paper tax return.
Click here for more information on the IP PIN program: https://www.irs. gov/newsroom/national-tax-security- awareness-week-day-3-irs-expands- identity-protection-pin-opt-in-pro- gram-to-taxpayers-nationwide.
 





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