News for those who live, work and play in the Santiam Canyon

Commissioners learn about veterans assistance

Linn County Communications Officer

Linn County Communications Officer.

Linn County Veterans Services will soon be able to assist veterans whose health has been negatively affected by Agent Orange and by chemicals released from large fire pits during the Gulf War, Veterans Services Officer Dee Baley-Hyder told the Board of Commissioners Oct. 4.

Baley-Hyder said Congress recently passed the Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act, what she said may be the “largest health care and benefit expansion in Veteran Administration history.”

Baley-Hyder said the program will aid veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals as far back as the Vietnam War.

The act adds 23 new presumptive conditions and could affect five million veterans or their survivors. She said the program’s budget is $300 billion over ten years.

Veterans Services has had 23 inquiries since September, Baley-Hyder said and the program doesn’t start until January.

She also said the county has helped families recover $831,820 in benefits since July 1, compared to $363,328 for the same time period a year ago.

Veterans Services has also used all of the $11,000 grant from the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs to provide transportation for veterans who can’t drive and need transportation to medical services.

Linn County committed up to $20,000 to supplement the program and Baley-Hyder said she has used about $6,617 of that allotment.

“This has been very popular,” Baley-Hyder said. “We have trips booked through mid-October already.”

She said many of the veterans are receiving cancer treatment or have diabetes and have wound care

Previous Article

Ghost tour opens on the silver screen Oct. 22

Next Article

Nominate a Santiam Canyon hero

You might be interested in …

Mill City Fire Department urges carbon monoxide safety

Carbon monoxide, also known as CO, is called the “Invisible Killer” because it’s a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas.  The Mill City Rural Fire Department wants homeowners to make sure their applicances are in good condition, […]

SOCC activity 

Santiam Outreach Community Center (SOCC) offers peer support, recovery and support groups, activities such as art, puzzles  and yoga, along with hygiene kits and blankets, free mailboxes and emergency assistance with utilities, rent and deposits. […]

Linn County Sheriff’s Office Log: Feb. 15  – 21

Feb. 15 Warrant, 1:26 p.m., Stayton-Scio Road, Stayton. Female, 51, of Stayton arrested on outstanding warrant. Traffic Hazard, 2:45 p.m., Myers Place, Scio. Caller reported a vehicle at the property. Vehicle had a flat tire […]