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16B Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Bu,aeun, ~ecora, ~rogresswe, Keporcer John Hamby stands on Waikiki Beach two days after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Photo submitted VETERANS, from page 1B And we saw that in Vietnam from the cooks in the dining hall to the security police to the crew chiefs. To get to participate at the level I did with some of the best pilots in the entire world, the best fighter aircraft in the world, and fly over 100 times in extreme combat conditions left me with a good feeling for the Air Force." Leaving a legacy Decades of service overseas have left these veterans only more determined to contribute at home. John Hamby remains an active Rotarian and once served as club president during his 45-year membership. While we thank veterans for their military service, the diversity of their work in communities next door and continents around the world adds new relevance to what service means. "A lot of people think of the military as war-mongers," Harris II says. "But when I was in Japan, the Marines were constantly going out, helping at orphanages, painting schools, and the idea of service was overflowing. Whether it's military service or the Peace Corps or just volunteering somewhere, the strength of our country and fiber of our society is pouring ourselves out to each other." Indeed, in a time when video games and Hollywood films turn war into a digital abstraction -- a blurry idea rather than a cruel reality -- the Mohawk Valley Independence Day Parade becomes even more significant. Veterans and attendees alike expressed their pride in the strong support of the community. "I don't remember ever being in a better parade, and I've been in Fourth of Julys all over the world, including Washington, D.C " said Frye. The project to honor Plumas County's distinguished veterans became an act of service in itself. Army veteran and parade organizer Dave Karau located local veterans, arranged a moving taps service with a riderless horse, and contacted both Assemblyman Brian Dahle and Congressman Doug LaMalfa to provide an Assembly resolution and certificates thanking those who served. "These guys are my heroes," Karau said. "I just felt it would be great if we as a community could honor them for all they've done." Happy prospectors receive a wagon ride during Gold Discovery Days, held at Plumas-Eureka State Park on July 19 and 20. Lorraine Nielsen, left, teaches Lilly and Sophia Yeates to spin and weave sheep's wool the old-fashioned way during Gold Discovery Days, hosted by Plumas-Eureka State Park on July 19 - 20. Arlo Harston, left, and Julia Emec pan for gold at Gold Discovery Days h~ld July 19- 20. Plumas-Eureka State Park hosted hundreds of visitors for fun and educa~i~al activities ranging fi;T rom blacksmithing to candle making. Services, opportunities available for veterans Travel reimbursement for medical appointments If you are eligible for reimbursement for travel to the VAMC you have to update your contact information with the VAMC Reno/SusanviUe outpatient clinic every six months or you will be denied travel reimbursement. If you go to the doctor at the VA make sure they update your information, such as address, phone number, etc. You must be 30 percent service connected or be drawing a VA pension to get reimbursed for travel to the VA. Transportation to the VAMC in Reno We are coordinating this service from the VSO/VSR office in Quincy at 270 Hospital VET Tmcx JIMMY LAPLANTE Veterans Services Officer, Plumas Co. Road, Suite 206, Quincy CA, 283-6275/6271 or 800-801-6330. Please call as soon as you know you are going to need a ride. The van only has six seats and we transport to the VAMC in Reno on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you are a van rider make sure when you schedule appointments with the VAMC in Reno that you tell them that you need your appointment on a Tuesday or Thursday-- that way you can access the VA van for the service to Reno VAMC. We have had days when the van is full. The van operates on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the above number with any questions. Service-connected disability from the VA When you receive a service-connection disability with a 0 percent- 100 percent from the VA then you are eligible for more benefits. Most times when you receive the award letter they will list things that you could be eligible for, but they don't tell you the whole story of deadlines, etc. To fred out what you are entitled to give us a call because some of the benefits you will lose if you within a certain tim'e e bf receiving the disability payments such as life, insurance and veterans' mortgage life insurance, etc. If you are service connected at: 50 percent or more you are eligible for reduced hunting and fishing licenses, which are $6.95. We have the applications and we can fax the applications to the Redding office for you. Tuition fee waiver of service-connected disabled % veterans The college tuition fee waiver, for veterans' dependents waives,: mandatory system-wide tuition and foes at any state of California community college, California state university or University of California campus. This program does not. cover expenses like books, ." housing and parking. To be eligible, the student must: o" --Have a parent who is a disabled veteran (0 percent or " more disabled); this means you must havefiled a claim and your award was at least 0 percent, or --Have a spouse who is service-connected (S/C) deceased or rated 100 percent S/C disabled, or --Be a child earning less than $12,119 per year (student's income, not parents'). Note: .: there is no income limit for a spouse or children of S/C deceased or 100 percent S/C disabled veterans. --The student must meet the in-state residency requirements as determined by the school. --Provide proof of the student's relationship to the veteran, such as a copy of a birth certificate or marriage certificate. --Provide us with copy of previous year's IR$1040 showing that the student filed taxes (W-2 forms are not accepted). Y t