Veteran’s Update

2019 Veterans Scholarship Opportunity – $3,000

CNC Machines is awarding three $1,000 scholarships to veterans who want to pursue careers as machinists.

By Leon Hiltner
County Veterans
Service Officer

To qualify, veterans simply submit copies of their record of service (DD214), along with a 1,000-word essay on why they want to become a machinist to cncmachines. net/veterans-scholarships/. One scholarship a month will be awarded in February, March, and April of 2019. Winners will be announced on Feb. 12, March 12 and April 16. If you have any questions, call 844-262-6789.

Veteran Identification Cards (Guard and Reserve Eligible)

Guard and Reserve veterans are eligible for the VIC. The NGB22 is one of the forms listed as acceptable proof of honorable service. If you have questions call Bryan Watters at 701-239-7165.

2019 COLA Increase Largest in Six Years

Veterans receiving disability pay and military retirees received an increase of 2.8 percent in their annual cost-of- living adjustment (COLA) for 2019. The increase, which started in December 2018, was the largest in six years.

The Social Security Administration announced the COLA increase for 2019 in October. Last year, the increase was 2 percent.

“So many veterans rely on disability compensation payments to make ends meet, and this cost-ofliving adjustment means that they will be able to continue to do so,” House VA Committee Chairman Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) said in a statement released in October.

For a veteran or military retiree receiving $1,500 a month in benefits, the increase means that he or she would receive about $42 additionally each month. That equates to more than $500 extra every year.

Veterans Creative Arts Festival

Veterans Creative Arts Festival will be held on Feb. 13 from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the Fargo VA Medical Center on the third floor auditorium.

Deadline for artwork submission is Feb. 1. New addition to this year’s festival is creative writing. To submit artwork or for more information, call the Fargo VA at 701-239- 3700 ext. 2094. All Veterans enrolled in the Fargo VA Health Care System may participate. The event is free and open to the public to attend. Fargo VA Care in the Community Scheduling Line: 1-866-517-9363 For assistance with: scheduling of community care appointments, rescheduling of community care appointments, issues with authorization paperwork, needing copies of authorization paperwork, questions about scheduling of a community care appointment.

Whole Health Opportunities

All classes are offered at the Fargo VA Medical Center

Working Your Body

Gentle Yoga: Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in room 2E-25 (Whole Health Wellness Center)

Warrior One Yoga: Tuesdays, 3-4 p.m. in room 2E-25

Fridays, 4-5 p.m. in room 2E-25 Yoga Foundations: Wednesdays, 3-4 p.m. in room 2E-25

Tai Chi: Tuesdays, 2-3 p.m. in room 2E-25 Wednesdays, 2-3 p.m. in room 2E-25 Thursdays, 1-2 p.m. in room 2E-25

Yoga for Women: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. in room 2E-25

Personal Development Intro to Whole Health: 2nd Friday of every month, 8-10 a.m. in room 2E-25 & 3rd Tuesday of every month, 4-6 p.m. in the 3rd floor auditorium

Taking Charge of My Life & Health: 6-week series

Gateway to Healthy Living: 2nd Thursday of every month, 10-11:30 a.m. in room 4E-17

Whole Health Coaching: Offered Monday through Friday by appointment in room 2E-25 Food & Drink Eat Well, Be Well: 4th Thursday of every month, 10:30-11:30 a.m. in room 2E-25

Power of the Mind

Intro to Mindfulness: 3-week course series offered Thursdays, 2-3 p.m. in room 4A-23 For more information on any of these classes, please contact Linda at (701) 239-3700 dial 9 then extension 3990.