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February 26, 2017
SCOTTY ALLISON COLUMN: Work continues to build veterans home in Bemidji
The push continues to have a veterans home built in Bemidji. With strong support from local Minnesota Reps Matt Bliss and Matt Grossell and Sens Paul Utke and Justin Eichorn, there is renewed effort to make this a reality.
February 26, 2017 - 11:30am
July 17, 2016
Scotty Allison: A VA Pension program review
In the past, I have talked about the Veterans Pension. This is a Veterans Administration benefit that many veterans and their families do not know about, so I am going to review it again. This pension is available to wartime-era veterans with limited income who are age 65 or older,...
July 17, 2016 - 12:22am
March 27, 2016
Scotty Allison: VA appeal process 101
Veterans, or their families, can file an appeal on any decision that the Veterans Administration (VA) makes for any reason. This includes disability...
March 27, 2016 - 12:31am
January 31, 2016
Scotty Allison: Update on proposed veterans home in the area
Gov. Mark Dayton recently released his 2016 Capital Budget recommendations. The proposed projects came to a total of $1.4 billion in general...
January 31, 2016 - 12:31am
December 20, 2015
Scotty Allison: Keep an eye on COLA in 2016
Veterans and their families receiving Veterans Administration benefits will see no increase in their payments in 2016. VA disability compensation,...
December 20, 2015 - 12:52am
October 18, 2015
Scotty Allison: Veterans Day a time to honor those who served
Veterans Day is right around the corner again. On Nov. 11, we honor all veterans who served in the Armed Forces. Each of us on that day should...
October 18, 2015 - 12:46am
March 1, 2015
Scotty Allison: Veterans Day on the Hill this week
At 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Paul, the Minnesota Commanders' Task Force, together with the United Veterans Legislative Council and the Minnesota...
March 1, 2015 - 12:50am
Scotty Allison: Action in St. Paul impacts vets
Rep. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji, along with four other representatives from the Minnesota House and Sen. Tom Saxhaug, DFL-Grand Rapids, from the Minnesota Senate have introduced bonding bills to establish a veterans home in Bemidji that will serve northern Minnesota. Both bills...
February 1, 2015 - 12:52am
October 26, 2014
Scotty Allison: Veterans Office seeks family correspondence
Recently, it was announced that the Beltrami County Veterans Service Office will be collecting stories from county veterans and their families to support an ongoing project at the Minnesota State Capitol Mall. The project, which is called "the Minnesota Military Family Tribute," was...
October 26, 2014 - 12:41am
September 21, 2014
VETERANS: CBO looking at possible VA benefit changes
Recently, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) completed a "think tank" report on veterans' disability compensation. The ranking member on the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs asked for this study, which looks in detail at trends and policy options in regard to future veterans'...
September 21, 2014 - 12:38am
July 13, 2014
Scotty Allison: More than 3,100 veterans in Beltrami County
According to the Veterans Administration's data from 2013, there are 3,155 veterans living in Beltrami County. This is a decrease of 57 veterans from 2012. Most significant, $26.1 million was provided in education, medical care, and compensation/pension benefits in 2013 to our county...
July 13, 2014 - 12:50am
April 20, 2014
Scotty Allison: Travel rules can be tricky
BEMIDJI — We get a lot of questions about travel pay regarding VA appointments. So here are the general rules as to who gets reimbursement: • If you are 30 percent or more service-connected by the VA. • If you are less than 30 percent, then the treatment you are receiving...
April 20, 2014 - 12:36am
March 16, 2014
Scotty Allison: Veterans in the news in St. Paul
BEMIDJI — Here are some legislative bills and their associated amendments concerning veterans currently being reviewed at the state Legislature in St. Paul: •HF2233: This allows military retirees and those who are medically separated from the military with fewer than 20 years...
March 16, 2014 - 12:45am
February 9, 2014
Scotty Allison: Tax time is tax tips time
BEMIDJI -- Well, tax season is once again upon us. For veterans and family members out there, remember that compensation and pension benefits are considered non-taxable income. As such, the Veterans Administration does not send out Form 1099-MISCs. If you are 100 percent service-connected...
February 9, 2014 - 12:38am
January 3, 2014
If you have been service-connected for traumatic brain injury (TBI), the Veterans Administration has now made it easier to obtain additional disability pay for five “presumptive” conditions that are associated with TBI. Those ailments are: •Parkinson’s disease •Certain...
January 3, 2014 - 8:02pm