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By Richard Johnson The Office Hours for the Big Stone Veterans Service Office are as follows: Tuesdays - 8- 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays - 8- 4:30 p.m. If there is an emergency of any sort I can be reached at my home at (320) 568- 2448. I do have voice Richard Johnson mail at the Office. Leave your name and number and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Also, you can call me at home at the above number. I do have an answering machine at home. My office phone number is (320) 839- 6398. OFFICE MOVED The Big Stone County Veterans Service Office has moved to the Big Stone County Government Building on main street across from the courthouse. The telephone number is the same (320) 839-6398. My Office hours are the same - Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8-4:30 p.m. each day. My office is located in what is now the conference room at the front of the building to the right of the counter. My new address is: Big Stone County Veterans Service Office, 11 SE 2nd Street, Ortonville, MN 56278- 1541. WOUNDED WARRIOR TRANSITION ASSISTANCE ACT Legislation aimed at ensuring wounded National Guard and reserve members don't fall through the cracks and end up waiting months for disability benefits was introduced KDIO Temps Hi Low May 31 82 46 June 1 73 50 June 2 64 52 June 3 66 39 June 4 73 46 June 5 60 53 June 6 48 44 April 30 by Sen. Russ Feingold (D- WI). The bill S.944, would require wounded reservists to be kept on active duty until they are fully evaluated or at least have time to consult with a military lawyer about their eligibility for benefits. If they remain on active duty, the bill would require them to be returned to their homes, if medically feasible, to await the outcome of their evaluations. If someone is discharged and cannot work because of his service-connected injury, the bill calls for him to be returned to active duty at full pay until he can access benefits from the Veterans Affairs Department. The idea, Feingold said, is to prevent a gap in income if a person leaves active duty without being eligible for military benefits, or not knowing about military benefits for which he may be eligible and ends up with financial problems while waiting for veterans disability benefits to kick in. "The armed forces have come a long way in addressing the bureaucratic hurdles that have long plagued wounded service members transitioning out of the services," Feingold said. "However, much more remains to be done to ensure that wounded service members do not go without income due to injuries sustained in the line of duty." He said many injured troops are going "without compensation of any kind because they are never told about the patchwork of programs designed to care for them as they transition back to civilian life and into VA." "This has been a particular concern for members of the reserve components," he said. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-ARK) is an original co-sponsor of the bill, which is likely to end up as an amendment offered to the 2010 defense authorization bill. Feingold proposed to cover the cost of additional active- duty pay and legal help and advocates for wounded Guard and reserve members by demanding that the Defense Department recover $273 million in overpayments made to defense contractors over the last four years. The bill is endorsed by several major veterans groups. VA BLUE WATER CLAIMS On May 5, 2009, Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA-51st) introduced the Agent Orange Equity Act of 2009. This legislation would clarify the legal presumption of exposure to Agent Orange for veterans who served in the vicinity of Viet Nam. Currently, 38 US Code Section 1116, defines a Viet Nam veteran as "a veteran who, during active military, naval, or air service, served in the Republic of Vietnam during the period beginning on Jan. 9, 1962, and ending on May 7, 1975." The Department of Veterans Affairs uses a conservative interpretation to mean "boots on the ground" which excludes most Navy and Air Force personnel who have Agent Orange related issues but who cannot prove "boots on the ground." H.R. 2254 would clarify this section b.y redefining a Viet Nam veteran as one who during active military, naval, or air service (a) served in the Republic of Vietnam (including the inland waterways, ports, and harbors of such Republic, the waters offshore of such Republic, and the airspace above such Republic) during the Period Jan. 9, 1962 - May 7, 1975; (b) served in Johnson Island during the period April 1, 1972 - Sept. 30, 1977; or (c) received the Vietnam Service Medal or the Vietnam Campaign Medal. SMAHC wants to know how you think the new arts funds should be invested. What are the most important arts needs and opportunities in your region? What do you want to be accomplished with these new funds for the arts? This is our opportunity to make the needs of our citizens and communities known. In preparation of program planning for the upcoming business year, Greta is coming explicitly to hear and make note of requests and suggestions for art programs and funding from our community leaders, non-profit art organizations, individual artists, teachers and community members. Big Stone Arts Council is honored to host a public forum with Greta Murray, Executive Director of Southwest Minnesota Arts and What if money was not an issue? What art programs or events would you like to take place in your community? How can SMAHC help the arts grow in your community? How can SMAHC help make public art a reality? Is there a need for infrastructure in your community? How could SMAHC help? Due to the newly allotted Legacy Amendment Funds, Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council (SMAHC) will receive a sig- nificant funding increase, which will make more art programs and funding possible. The funds must be used for Court report (Week of June 1, 2009) Ortonville Police Department Beth M. Hendrickson, Metamora, IL, Speeding, 40/30, Fined $125. Thomas Alvin Payne, Montevideo, Speeding, 54/45, Fined $125. "arts, arts education and arts access and to preserve Minnesota's history and cultural heritage." Humanities Council (SMAHC), at Java Jule's Bistro and Coffee Shop in Ortonville on Tuesday, June 16, 2009. The doors will open at 6:30 pm with time to purchase refreshments and enjoy live local music before the forum begins at 7 p.m. Your voice is vital to the future of the arts for our children, as well as the economic growth and development of our county. Please help spread the word, encourage others to attend, and contribute to this important conversa- tion. If you have any questions about the current SMAHC grants available, please feel free to contact Deb Larson at 320-839-7084 or at deblar-, or check out the SMAHC website: See you at the public forum! 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