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Social Security Honors Veterans

Helping Veterans and Active Duty

Every year on Veterans Day, we honor the people who risk their lives to protect our freedom. Social Security honors veterans and active duty members of the military every day by giving them the respect they deserve. Social Security’s disability program is an important part of our obligation to wounded warriors and their families. For military members who return home with injuries, Social Security is a resource they can turn to. If you know any wounded veterans, please let them know about Social Security’s Wounded Warriors website. You can find it at The Wounded Warriors website answers many commonly asked questions, and shares other useful information about disability benefits, including how veterans can receive expedited processing of disability claims. Benefits available through Social Security are different than those from the Department of Veterans Affairs= and require a separate application. The expedited process is used for military service members who become disabled while on active military service on or after October 1, 2001, regardless of where the disability occurs.

Even active duty military who continue to receive pay while in a hospital or on medical leave should consider applying for disability benefits if they’re unable to work due to a disabling condition.Active duty status and receipt of military pay doesn’t necessarily prevent payment of Social Security disability benefits. Although a person can’t receive Social Security disability benefits while engaging in substantial work for pay or profit, receipt of military payments should never stop someone from applying for disability benefits from Social Security. Social Security is proud to support veterans and active duty members of the military. Let these heroes know they can count on us when they need to take advantage of their earned benefits. Our webpages are easy to share on social media and by email. Vonda VanTil is the Public Affairs Specialist for West Michigan.

You can write her c/o Social Security Administration, 3045 Knapp NE, Grand
Rapids MI 49525 or via
email at

‘Treasures for the Troops’ collects items ‘til Nov. 16

For the past four years, the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce and WION Radio Ionia have teamed up for the “Treasures for the Troops” event to promote the collection of items for deployed soldiers before the holidays. Now in its
fifth year, the program is expanding to include Lowell High School’s student radio station WRWW, 92.3 FM. “WRWW is excited to announce that it will partner with WION, WGLM, the Lowell Chamber of Commerce and Blue Star Mothers in the ‘Treasures for the Troops’ project,” said LHS teacher Al Eckman. “It involves collecting highly desirable items for deployed military personnel. The needs list can be found on the WRWW home page website, located at

Last year 200 boxes were sent out to troops. Monetary donations are also accepted, as shipping is about $18 per overseas box. Dropoff points are located at the WRWW radio studio at Lowell High School and
the Lowell Chamber of Commerce. Donations are accepted through Nov. 16.” LHS students will promote the drive on-air Nov. 15 from 4 pm until 7 pm.

“I would like to see
Lowell rise to the occasion
and we can do this by all
working together,” said
Chamber executive director
Liz Baker. “Blue Sta

Mothers Chapter 188 puts the items together in boxes and mails them to locations. So, besides items, they are [also] accepting cash to assist with the postage.” Treasures for the Troops is an annual collection of commonly available
items that will be sent to American servicemen and women who are deployed overseas. Many items that are common to us are not to them, and soldiers have to fund many basic needs out of their own pockets. Comfort items are also important in the drive, as they bring a piece of home to our soldiers, wherever they are deployed. Items can be dropped off during regular business hours at the WWRW radio studio at the high school and the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, 113 Riverwalk Plaza, from now until Friday, Nov. 16. The complete list of needs for soldiers can be found at files/Treasures for Troops needsList.pdf.

They also have a blog they update daily at
“Help us make America’s servicemen and women enjoy their time away a little more this holiday season,” Baker said. “Show our troops that you care,” Eckman said.

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