Veterans Administration

  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 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...