Veterans Administration

Veterans Administration

We told you recently of a series of meetings scheduled by the Veterans Administration to talk about the new National Veterans Cemetery to be built in the town of Cassian) west of Rhinelander. The meetings were postponed due to the weather but have been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 25.

Oneida County Veterans Service Officer Tammy Walters says personnel from Fort Snelling are going to oversee the national cemetery She says they're going to give the communities an update to report when things are happening.

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The weather has postponed a series of meetings planned by the Veterans Administration concerning the upcoming construction of a new rural national cemetery for veterans in the town of Cassian.

The meetings were set for Wednesday in Merrill, Rhinelander and Eagle River but were postponed due to bad weather.

Oneida County Veterans Service Officer Tammy Walters talks about the change...

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Veterans will have a chance to talk about their concerns when the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain hosts a series of town halls in the region.

Spokesperson Brad Nelson says the town halls are open to veterans to talk about any subject....

Veterans and their families are invited to two town halls hosted in this region early in September.

The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain is hosting the town halls September 6 and 7 in Minocqua and Crandon.

Spokesperson Brad Nelson...

The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain will be one of the host sites in this region for an event later this month noting the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.

Iron Mountain, VA spokesperson Brad Nelson says Congress authorized a commemoration program back in 2008, with programs beginning in 2012. Nelson says on March 29, a commemoration event will be held at Fornetti Hall at Bay College West on North U.S. 2 in Iron Mountain...

It’s not too late to get your flu shot. The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center is reminding veterans enrolled in VA healthcare that flu shots are still available. Veterans  can visit a VA Community Outpatient Clinic in the U.P. or northern Wisconsin.

Public Affairs Officer Brad Nelson says while most people get the vaccine in the late fall, the respiratory virus can hang around until late spring.

  The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the purchase of six acres of land in the town of Cassian in Oneida county to establish a new rural national cemetery, also referred to as a National Veterans Burial Ground.

The VA purchased the land from the town of Cassian for $24,000.

The new facility, west of Rhinelander, will serve approximately 25,000 veterans located in the service area of the cemetery. It will include burial and cremation sites, a memorial wall, flagpoles, a memorial walkway, roads and other infrastructure.

Veterans Choice Card Gives Health Care Options to Some

Jan 20, 2015

Veterans living in rural areas should have a slightly easier time getting health care, thanks to a new initiative called the Veterans Choice Card. 

Veterans can use the card to access non-VA health care providers if they live more than 40 miles from a VA health facility, or if they can’t get a desired appointment within 30 days. 

Spokesperson Brad Nelson says the cards are being mailed to everyone enrolled with the Veterans Administration, but not everyone can qualifies to use it.

Veterans have another dental option as part of their VA healthcare.

V.A. spokesperson Brad Nelson says they're now offering dental isnurance at reduced premiums. He says veterans now get comprehensive dental benefits if they meet stringent eligibility standards, including total disability. But Nelson says the majority of veterans don't have full care. He says the VA has contracted with private companies MetLife and Delta Dental to provide insurance. He says the VA website has a link...