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New program will help tribal veterans get benefits

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Duane Columbus, a Bois Forte tribe member, nearly died when he was injured by a rocket-propelled grenade in 1969 in Vietnam.

For 30 years he tried unsuccessfully to get benefits. But then he met Alan Ellenson.

Ellenson, who then worked with Beltrami County, offered to help Columbus work toward getting benefits and assisted him in filling out paperwork.

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