Disabled American Veterans, Department of Ohio
35 E. Chestnut St., PO Box 15099, Columbus, OH 43215-8099 Phone (614) 221-3582 FAX (614) 221-4822 E-mail: email@example.com
Website: www.ohiodav.org March, 2008
Thousands of disabled vets face real needs that government programs can’t meet. Responding are volunteers from the DAV and the Auxiliary – joined by growing numbers of other Americans.
Like all medical facilities, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals, nursing homes, and clinics need volunteers. These volunteers are needed because many hospitalized vets have no family or friends, and they are very far from home.
What volunteers do for patients at VA medical facilities can be as basic, and as important, as just being a friend in the trying days of illness and therapy. DAV and Auxiliary VA Voluntary Service (VAVS) volunteers bring a touch home….
a personal contact with the world outside the hospital walls….the feeling that patients are remembered, that they’re still a part of the community.
These volunteers perform a wide range of duties. Some enjoy direct contact with patients; participate in recreational programs and other activities on the wards. Other volunteers assist the VA’s professional staff in several ways that involve little patient contact. No matter what your inclination may be, there’s a volunteer role you’ll enjoy. And you’ll show our country’s hospitalized vets you’re grateful for their sacrifices.
Another way of volunteering is the DAV Transportation Network. The DAV Transportation Network is one of the ways many veterans are able to get to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities for needed treatment. They’re men and women who answered our country’s call in times of war. Many lost limbs, sight, hearing, or good health. And, many live a great distance from a VA hospital.
With fixed incomes, the cost of transportation to a VA hospital is just too high. They’re left with two choices. They could go without the treatment they need, or skimp on food or other necessities to pay for transportation.
Veterans disabled in our nation’s service should never face such dire options. So DAV and Auxiliary volunteers respond, driving vets to and from VA hospitals and clinics. Other grateful Americans are helping too.
The network is administered by DAV Hospital Service Coordinators (HSCs) at the VA’s 172 medical centers. The DAV has also donated vans, where needed, to make the program work. All DAV van drivers are volunteers who do not receive pay for volunteering to drive.
If you would like to become a DAV volunteer please contact your DAV Voluntary Service Representative (VAVS-Rep), your VA Medical Center (VAMC) Voluntary Services office or your nearest VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic. When talking with your DAV VAVS Rep please ask them about the new DAV Local Volunteer Assistance Program (LVAP). DAV LVAP is an opportunity for volunteers to serve veterans in their local communities. Final Thought: Volunteering to serve veterans is very rewarding. Volunteering is very rewarding. DAV “SERVICE TO VETERANS. “ Please note: Ohio Veterans Service Commission county offices may provide transportation for veterans VA medical appointments.
Nat’l. Hdqrs., DAV (877) 426-2838
NSO Office, Cleveland (216) 522-3507
NSO Office, Cincinnati (513) 684-2676
Washington Office, DAV (202) 554-3501
Sheila Clements (513) 475-6443
Mike Shaw (513) 475-6443
Dayton HSC, (937) 268-6511
Gene McCorkle Ext. 2962
Wade Park HSC, (216) 791-3800
Walter Dryja Ext. 3395
Chillicothe HSC (740) 773-1141
James Keller Ext. 7916
Columbus Clinic, (614) 257-5487
Brecksville HSC, (440) 526-3030
Don Branford Ext. 7353
Warren Clinic (330) 392-0311
Youngstown Clinic (330) 70-9200
Veterans Administration 1-800-827-1000
DATES TO REMEMBER
March 2-5, 2008 DAV Mid-Winter Conference, Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA
March 9, 2008 4th District Meeting, Defiance Chapter #36, 14292 St. Rt. 111, at 2 p.m., Defiance, Ohio.
March 29, 2008 2nd District Meeting, Dayton VA, lunch at 12 noon and meeting to begin at 1 p.m., Building 305, Multi-purpose room, Dayton, Ohio.
April 6, 2008 8th District Meeting, Bellaire Chapter #117, Lunch at 1 p.m. and meeting to begin at 2 p.m., 3134 Guernsey St., Bellaire.
April 6, 2008 10th District Meeting, Senior Center, 4656 W. Broad St., Columbus, meeting to begin at 1:30 p.m.
April 12, 2008 Testimonial Dinner Auxiliary Commander Dorothy Clark, Holiday Inn Eastgate, Cincinnati, Ohio
April 13, 2008 3rd District Meeting, Van Wert Chapter #54, VFW Post 5803, 111 N. Shannon St., Meeting to begin at 1 p.m., lunch will follow, Van Wert.
April 13, 2008 5th District Meeting, VFW Post, 3494 Ashland Road, Mansfield, Ohio at 1 p.m. Chapter #21 will serve lunch after the business meeting.
April 19, 2008 Testimonial Dinner Commander Robert Bertschy, Holiday Inn, Canton, 4520 Everhard Rd., NW, Canton, OH
April 26, 2008 9th District Meeting, Jackson Chapter #45, 170 Pearl Street, Jackson, Lunch at noon with the meeting to follow.
April 27, 2008 6th District Meeting, Brooklyn-Parma Chapter #116, at 2 p.m., 6617 Ridge Rd., Parma, Ohio.
April 27, 2008 7th District Meeting, Alliance Chapter #50, 9540 McCallum Ave., at 2 p.m., Alliance, Ohio
May 2-3, 2008 Forget-Me-Not, H.B. “Doc” Riley Chapter #51, Ironton and Coal Grove consecutively, Ohio
May 10, 2008 1st District Meeting, St. Timothy Episcopal Church, 8101 Beachmont Ave., Meeting to begin at noon, Cincinnati, Ohio
May 30, 2008 DAV Day at the Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati, Ohio
June 5-8, 2008 DAV Department Convention, The Crowne Plaza, Dublin, Ohio
August 8-9-10, 2008 Forget-Me-Not Drive, Salem Chapter #122, Salem, Ohio
August 9-12, 2008 DAV National Convention,
Bally’s Hotel, Las Vegas.
October 10-12, 2008 DAV Department Fall Conference, The Crowne Plaza, Dublin, Ohio.
June 4-7, 2009 DAV Department Convention,
The Crowne Plaza, Dublin, Ohio.
October 9-11, 2009 DAV Department Fall Conference, The Crowne Plaza, Dublin, Ohio.
June 10-13, 2010 DAV Department Convention,
The Crowne Plaza, Dublin, Ohio.
October 8-10, 2010 DAV Department Fall Conference, The Crowne Plaza, Dublin, Ohio.
TESTIMONIAL DINNER FOR AUXILIARY COMMANDER DOROTHY CLARK
The Testimonial Dinner for Auxiliary Commander Dorothy Clark will be held Saturday, April 12, 2008 at the Holiday Inn Eastgate, Cincinnati, Ohio beginning at 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m.
The menu will consist of a choice of grilled chicken breast or roast prime rib of beef, salad, seasonal vegetables, dessert, rolls, coffee or tea. A vegetarian dinner will also be available. The cost of the dinner is $35.00 per person.
Please mail your reservations to Sally Keller, 2726 Montchateau Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45244. Reservation deadline is March 22, 2008.
NOTE OF THANKS
I wish to thank all of my DAV and DAVA family members for their support after my vehicle accident. I appreciated visitors to the hospital, and the cards, letters, flowers and prayers sent to comfort me. My strength is renewed through your blessings, and I hope to see all of you soon. Again, thank you very much.
Herman W. Morton, PDC
NOTES FROM YOUR STATE ADJUTANT
Thought For March: Some people are like buttons – They have no purpose until they become attached to something useful.
TAX DEDUCTIONS: Many disabled veterans, and disabled people in general, think there is no reason to file tax returns. However, even though VA disability compensation is not taxable and not reportable, there are times when it is to your advantage to file your federal income tax form. For instance, in order to receive your economic stimulus rebate check you are required to
file a tax return for tax year 2007. In other words, low income workers who had at least $3,000 in earned income but do not otherwise earn enough to be required to file a federal tax return must file a return in order to get the stimulus payment.
The Economic Stimulus Law passed in February, 2008 contains a special provision allowing Social Security and certain VA Benefits as well as certain Railroad Retirement Benefits to count towards the “earned income” requirement of $3,000 and thereby qualify for the stimulus payment. SSI (Supplemental Security Income) does not count as qualifying income for the stimulus payment. Liberty Tax Service is offering to file Tax Returns free of charge for all taxpayers who don’t meet regular filing requirements but, do receive Social Security, VA or other benefits and need assistance in filing a return to receive the stimulus tax payment. To locate a Liberty Tax Service Office: http://www.libertytax.com
Other organizations providing free tax preparation for low income and elderly taxpayers and those needing help with the Stimulus Program are: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program: 1-800-906-9887; AARP is at: 1-888-227-7669 or: www.aarp.org
OHIO ATTORNEY ASKS HIGH COURT TO ALLOW SMOKING IN VETERANS’ AND FRATERNAL PRIVATE CLUBS:
Attorney General Marc Dann has asked the Ohio Supreme Court to carve out an exemption for Fraternal and Veterans’ Clubs from the law that bans indoor smoking in almost all public Places. Mr. Dann filed a brief on behalf of the Ohio Dept of Health asking Supreme Court Justices to reverse a unanimous decision from the 10th District Court of Appeals. He said That, if the Supreme Court agrees to hear the case, he would point out that voters plainly intended to allow the exemption because the ballot language provided for such exemption.
“Clearly the voters sent a message: Ban most smoking, but allow private clubs a choice,” Mr. Dann said in a news release. In his initial filing of the brief, Mr. Dann told justices that lower court nullification of the private club exemption has had devastating effects on clubs that believe they should qualify, especially those of veterans’ organizations. Stay tuned!
TOWN HALL MEETINGS: Operation Ohio Helps Its Own – These meetings give opportunity for Ohio DAV Chapters to participate and help provide support for our Troops and their families prior to and during deployments. I encourage all Chapter Members and Officers to attend and do your best to assist troops and their families with much needed help.
March 5, 2008, 7:00 – 9:00 PM Medina Performing Arts Center
777 East Union Street
Medina, OH 44256
March 13, 2008, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Hocking College Student Center
3301 Hocking Parkway
Nelsonville, OH 45764
March 18, 1008, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Dublin Scioto High School
4000 Hard Road
Dublin, OH 43016
April 1, 2008, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Owens Community College
Performing Arts Auditorium
30335 Oregon Rd
Perrysburg, OH 43451
April 15, 2008, 7:00 – 9:00 PM Kettering Government Center
3600 Shroyer Rd Kettering, OH 45429
May 20, 2008, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
First Church of God
3100 Princeton Rd
Hamilton, OH 45011
I hope everyone is keeping warm and staying safe while driving in this crazy Ohio weather.
And, as always, keep our troops in your prayers as they fight the good fight in the war on terrorism. And, never forget FREEDOM IS NOT FREE!
Leslie James, NSO
It is possible that veteran’s can be paid at the 100 percent compensation rate and not actually be evaluated as 100 percent disabling. How can this be done and what can veterans do to help themselves obtain this benefit?
The Department of Veterans Affairs can pay veterans 100 percent compensation, even if their evaluations do not combine to 100 percent, if it can be shown that a veteran’s service-connected disabilities and ONLY their service-connected disabilities preclude them from gainful employment. In order for a veteran to be entitled to receive Individual Unemployability (IU), they must have (1) one service-connected disability that is rated at 60 percent or more, or, (2) if there are two or more service-connected disabilities, there shall be at least one disability rated at 40 percent or more, and sufficient additional service-connected disabilities to bring the combined rating to 70 percent or more. If a veteran does not have one disability that is rated 60 percent or more or does not have a combined evaluation of 70 percent with at least one disability rated 40 percent, the VA can consider the following as one disability to meet those requirements:
(1) Disabilities of one or both upper extremities, or of one or both lower extremities, including the bilateral factor, if applicable,
(2) Disabilities resulting from common etiology or a single accident,
(3) Disabilities affecting a single body system, e.g. orthopedic, digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular-renal, neuropsychiatric,
(4) Multiple injuries incurred in action, or
(5) Multiple disabilities incurred as a prisoner of war.
Leslie A. James
Supervisory National Service Officer