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Chenoa Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8350’s Cash Bash will be 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 9 at Prochnow Auction Gallery, 215 Owsley St., Chenoa.

First prize is $5,000, second prize is $1,000 and third prize is $500.00. You need not be present to win. A $100 donation admits two people and food and drink will be provided until 8 p.m. The doors will be open to the general public and a cash bar will be available beginning at 8 p.m. Hourly 50/50 raffles will be held throughout the evening. Call 309-830-6059 or 615-556-3188 for tickets.

DID YOU KNOW?

Congress, in 1948, declared Feb. 3 to be “Chaplains Day” to recognize and honor the four chaplains who selflessly provided their own life jackets to sailors abandoning the Dorchester as it sank on Feb. 3, 1943, in the North Atlantic while transporting troops to Greenland. Only 230 of the 902 officers and enlisted men, merchant seamen and civilian workers survived the U-boat torpedo attack that day. The Rev. George Fox (Methodist), Rabbi Alexander Goode, the Rev. Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed) and Father John Washington comforted the wounded and directed others to safety. They were last seen by the survivors linked arm in arm, praying.

Fox was a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University.

EVENT

An event to recognize and honor Vietnam-era veterans (1962-1975) will be March 30 at Mount Zion Convention Center, 1400 Mount Zion Parkway, Mount Zion. The event will begin at 1 p.m. and include a keynote speaker, group photo, vendors, socializing, music and a closing ceremony at 5 p.m. Admission is free and the public and all military branches are welcome. Beverages and food will be served.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Veterans Administration recently signed a memorandum of understanding with RallyPoint, an online platform serving 1.6 million military, veterans, families, caregivers and survivors. There are more than 400,000 veteran-centric discussions on RallyPoint, and the platform is a great place to ask (or answer) questions. To sign up, visit rallypoint.com/registrations/step1. The website has videos explaining various VA programs and benefits and has an interactive “chat” where experiences with the VA and its programs are discussed.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people to assist with the 2020 Census count. The Census Bureau is especially looking for veterans to fill temporary jobs including census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff and supervisory staff. An applicant must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, and be a U.S. citizen. Census takers in Central Illinois will receive $15.50 per hour and also receive reimbursement for work-related mileage and expenses, where applicable. Visit https://www.2020census.gov/job.

Q: Forty years ago, I fractured my kneecap playing baseball while in the military. It was recreation and not part of my assigned military duties. I have always had trouble with that knee but never filed a claim for service-connected disability compensation because I felt uncomfortable filing due to how I was injured. Is there a time limit, or statute of limitations, on filing a VA claim for compensation?

A: Generally speaking, there is no time limit for filing a claim. However, realistically, it will be much more difficult to gather the information necessary to support such a claim. A claimant must be able to show a connection between something that occurred while on active duty and the medical condition/problem being claimed. If the military hospital cared for your knee injury (casting, surgery, therapy) there will be a record of the occurrence in your military medical records. If you have been treated for problems with the knee since you left the military, this information will help lend credibility to your claim as well as support the second requirement for a successful disability claim, i.e., identifying the extent of the disability you currently have as a result of your claimed knee injury. Contact a certified veterans service officer for assistance.

DID YOU KNOW?

The VA will release new capabilities this summer providing veterans who receive care at VA with the ability to access their personal medical data using the health records on iPhone feature from Apple. After a visit to a VA health care facility, the participating veteran’s Apple device will automatically receive updated health record information within 24 hours. VA looks forward to bringing similar capabilities to other mobile platforms. Directions on applying for the new service will be provided nearer to implementation date this summer.

Vogler is superintendent of the McLean County Veterans Assistance Commission.