JERRY A. VOGLER SR. For the pantograph
The flag code is very detailed on the proper use and display of the American flag. Visit www.usa.gov/flag#item-35972 for details. However, many veterans and some patriots have inquired about the American flag at half mast. The American Legion has developed an alert system to notify all veterans and other patriots when the governor, president or mayor of Washington, DC, issued a proclamation to lower the flag. Visit https://www.legion.org/flag/notification to sign up for American Legion Half-Staff Notification email alerts.
TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT FOR MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS GO
Eligibility for travel reimbursement requires at least one of the following: travel for the treatment of a service-related condition; a disabled veteran rated at least 30%; travel for a scheduled compensation or pension review; you are receiving a VA pension; have limited income; or travel to receive a VA authorized service dog. VA will pay you a flat rate of 41.5 cents per mile for using your vehicle. If you take a carpooling (Uber, Lyft, etc.), taxi, or public transit, you will be reimbursed for the actual cost of the trip. Tolls, parking and other travel costs will also be reimbursed. All reimbursement requests, except mileage, will require copies of receipts. Certain deductibles may apply. Visit https://www.va.gov/health-care/get-reimbursed-for-travel-pay/ for more information.
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THE OLDEST VETERIN OF WWII AT 112 YEARS OLD
Born in 1909 in Louisiana, Lawrence Brooks celebrated his 112th birthday with a drive-through party at his New Orleans home, hosted by the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. Brooks was drafted in 1940 and served with the 91st Engineer Battalion, which was stationed in New Guinea and the Philippines and built bridges, roads, airstrips and other infrastructure in support of war action in the Pacific. America’s “greatest generation” longest-serving veteran reminds us all of when we were united as a people, “one nation under God.” Never forget!
PROHIBITIONS ON EXVICTION AND DISCONNECTION FROM PUBLIC SERVICES
Bans on eviction and disconnection from utilities may be extended and some stimulus packages may be provided, but neither is likely to become permanent. The future is not clear. Many jobs are unfilled! Will McLean County have any hope of returning to some semblance of “normal” if the ban on evictions and disconnections does not end and employers cannot find enough employees to operate their businesses? Unemployment rates among veterans are well below the national average unemployment rate. Veterans continue to want to work and should encourage capable people to do the same so that our nation can move towards normalcy.
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Jerry Vogler is the superintendent of the McLean County Veterans Assistance Commission.