Thursday, August 9, 2001
Although there is a tremendous backlog for medical appointments at the VA Hospitals, I strongly suggest all veterans' complete applications for enrollment. The VA offers a comprehensive plan of health care services with no monthly premiums. And, depending on your income, there may be no or a low co-payment. Medications prescribed and dispensed through the VA are at a greatly reduced rate. You may call the Application Toll-Free Hotline at 1-877-222-8387 and they will send you an application form. Forms and additional information are also available at my office. Please have a copy of your DD-214 (Discharge Papers) available for service verification purposes.
Volunteer Drivers Recognized
Transportation provided to the many veterans to and from the Portland and Vancouver Medical Centers has been in place for over a year. The program started with one volunteer driver and one vehicle. We now have four drivers and two vehicles. Thanks for the many hours, dedication and assistance given by volunteer drivers: John, Roark, Skip and Bill. You have made this greatly needed service possible.
Veterans Honored by France
Veterans who served on French soil during World War II and had applied to the French Government for the "Thank You America"certificate will be properly honored. The Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs held a ceremony at the State Fairgrounds in Salem Thursday. Approximately 300 Oregon Veterans requested the certificate. Applications are still available at my office or on the French Embassy's website at http://www.info-france-usa.org. Further ceremonies will be scheduled at later dates.
The Veterans Service Office is located at 600 E. Marina way (DMV Building). Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed noon to 1:30 p.m.) on Mondays and Thursdays, telephone 386-1080.
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge