Veterans Corner: Resource fair set Oct. 8

The Bob Michel VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) will hold a Veterans Resource Fair on Oct. 8 at the clinic in Peoria, 7717 N. Orange Prairie Road, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Services providing information at the fair will be medical, mental health, pharmacy, suicide prevention, eligibility status, vet center, social work, specialty, nutrition education, and many more. The fair is open to veterans, their family members, caregivers, relatives and friends. Contact 309-589-6800, Ext. 47350, for more information. The next fair in 2019 will be 8:30 to 10 a.m. Dec. 12. Q: I served during the Korean War. I attended a recent VA “outreach” event and enrolled in VA Health Care through an on-site computer with a VA representative. The representative told me I was eligible and established an appointment for the basic input exam and a hearing test. I went to the exam and hearing test and two weeks later I received my hearing aids at a follow-up exam. However, I received a letter from the VA in Atlanta, Ga., a few weeks later, questioning my eligibility because my income was over the “means” test. The letter stated that I should provide any bills for medical services or funeral expenses in the previous year that were not covered by insurance. The letter implied that those amounts might reduce my income level to below the means test and therefore make me eligible for VA Health Care. What should I do? A: Contact the eligibility office at the nearest VA Clinic for an explanation by calling 1-800-320-8387. When the call is answered and the recorded message starts, press 0 and a VA operator will answer. Ask the operator to connect you to the Peoria VA eligibility office. The VA representative should be able to explain why this misunderstanding has […]

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