Some companies attempt to convince people to hand over some of their monthly pension payments in exchange for a short-term loan. Exchanging future pension benefits for quick cash now might seem enticing, but can be a very expensive way to borrow money and result in low monthly pension payments for years to come. How the scheme works
The Credit for Military Service in a Combat Zone for service in 2013 will expire for most qualifying service members on Oct. 16. The Minnesota Department of Revenue is reminding Minnesota service members to take advantage of the refundable tax credit before it expires. The 2013 credit is worth $120 per month, or partial month served. The department recently sent letters explaining how to claim the credit to over 1,500 service members who may qualify. Service members have already claimed more than $1 million in refunds for the 2013 credit, with an average refund of $620.
A flu shot is an important part of staying healthy during the flu season, and this year veterans served by the St. Cloud VA Health Care System have multiple options to get a flu shot. During flu season, flu shots are available as part of any scheduled VA appointment. Just ask the nurse or doctor at your next appointment. In October, numerous walk-in clinics are available at local VA facilities: St. Cloud VA Medical Center • Oct. 3: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., in Bldg. 96 • Oct. 4 and 5: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in Bldg. 96
Approximately 46 million Americans experience some form of communication disorder. Communication disorders can compromise physical and emotional health and affect the social, educational, vocational and recreational aspects of life. Hearing loss, loss of speech and other communication disorders can lead to feelings of isolation and a lack of connection with family, friends and community.
There are many disabilities veterans and VA medical staff seem to overlook or set aside indefinitely, causing veterans to miss out on a chance to file a claim for a service-connected disability. Take a look at the Top 10 overlooked disabilities missed by veterans and VA medical staff.
You never invited combat stress or post-traumatic stress disorder to be a part of your marriage. But there it is anyway, making everything harder. Sometimes you want to give up. Why does everything have to be so, so hard? Other times, you wish someone would just give you a manual for dealing with the whole thing. Surely there's a way to know how to handle this disease? Like the rest of marriage, loving someone who suffers from PTSD or who is trying to work through the ghosts of combat doesn't come with a guidebook.
The Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles used in U.S. military strikes against Syria on April 6 have been a key tool in the Defense Department's arsenal for the last 25 years, seen as powerful statement of military force with minimal danger to U.S. personnel. Nearly 60 of the high-tech munitions were fired at a Syrian air base in response to chemical attacks in that country that U.S. intelligence officials said were carried out by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad. The missiles were launched from the U.S.
It can be difficult navigating the government bureaucracy to obtain veterans disability and other benefits, but all it should cost you is time, not money. The state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs recently advised veterans, active service members and their families not to pay for assistance to file paperwork that they can submit themselves or get free help with.
Note: as of July 31, I am back in my old office at the Wadena County courthouse (415 Jefferson Street South). My old office is located in the basement at the bottom of the stairs to the right. I will have my sign back on the door my phone number will remain the same (218) 631-7617. Active military personnel in any branch or unit of the United States Armed Forces and veterans with a service-related disability are now eligible to receive a free year-round vehicle permit, providing unlimited access to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas.
Note: Starting July 31, I will be back in my old office at the Wadena County courthouse. My old office is located in the basement at the bottom of the stairs to the right. I will have my sign back on the door my phone number will remain the same (218) 631-7617.