There is help available for veterans in several different areas through a grant recently received by the Bear River Association of Government’s Area Agency on Aging.
Program manager Deborah Crowther says the grant provides outreach to rural veterans in applying for benefits they are entitled to and advice on the documentation needed in order for them to apply.
“For instance, veterans who served during the Vietnam era, if they served in Vietnam (in country) a lot of them were exposed to Agent Orange,” Crowther explains. “There is a list of what they call presumptive conditions as a result of being exposed to Agent Orange, like diabetes, ischemic heart disease.
“So they may have one of these conditions and not realize they can apply for some disability compensation through the VA.”
Crowther says she is able to sit down with the veterans and assist them in taking advantage of programs available to them, such as at-home services and housing assistance. She is also able to help to apply for a loan, perhaps for a home or to start a business. For more information, veterans are invited to call Crowther at 713-7242.