Season’s Greetings Colusa County Veterans

Season’s Greetings Colusa County Veterans

The holiday season means different things to different people. It means celebrating with family and friends, and often remembering those who are not able to be with us this season due to serving overseas on military deployments.  As we all remember our many personal blessings this holiday season, we should also take a moment to […]


Colusa Veterans Corner: California Issued Veteran Driver Licenses and ID Cards

Colusa Veterans Corner: California Issued Veteran Driver Licenses and ID Cards

California provides a simple and official way for Veterans to confirm their military service.  One year ago, the State of California began offering our Veterans the opportunity to place a printed “VETERAN” designation on their California driver license or identification card. During the first ten months of this successful program, more than 34,300 Veterans received […]


VETERANS CORNER: Other VA Health Program Benefits

VETERANS CORNER: Other VA Health Program Benefits

There are many older veterans, spouses, and widows who are in need of help but wait until the last minute to inquire or even apply for benefits. Often a son or daughter comes to my office saying they are moving their father or mother into a facility. They heard that the VA has programs that […]


VETERANS CORNER Eyeglasses & Hearing Aids

VETERANS CORNER  Eyeglasses & Hearing Aids

Don Parsons don.parsons@colusadhhs.org  Contrary to popular belief, the VA will provide glasses and hearing aids to those who are not service connected for vision or hearing-related conditions (Priority Groups 6-8).  In the past these were available only to those service connected for those conditions. These services are considered part of the preventative care package for […]


VETERANS CORNER: What is Traumatic Brain Injury and what does it do?

VETERANS CORNER:  What is Traumatic Brain Injury  and what does it do?

This Month’s column I would like to discuss the topic of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): What it is, how it can happen, who it happens to, and other related topics. Additionally, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced a change that I would like to cover as well.   TBI may result from a […]


Sleep apnea claims often denied

Sleep apnea claims often denied

Sleep apnea is one of the most common conditions veterans want to file a VA disability claim for. Many of them have been diagnosed with the condition many years after leaving active duty service, so therefore, their claims are usually denied. Sleep apnea is not a sleep disorder, but a respiratory condition, and it can […]


Colusa Veterans Corner – March 2016

Colusa Veterans Corner – March 2016

Read your VA letters carefully Veterans receive a wide variety of correspondence from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for benefits such as disability compensation, pension, health care and education. It’s important to read these letters carefully, even though a large portion of these letters contain standard form-letter information required by federal law. For example, […]


VETERANS CORNER: Disabilities Caused May be Eligible for Compensation

VETERANS CORNER: Disabilities Caused May be Eligible for Compensation

Sometimes the disability a veteran is experiencing is not a direct result of their military service, but a complication resulting from their service-connected disability. These secondary conditions may also be eligible for compensation. Disability compensation is a tax free cash benefit paid by the Veterans Administration to veterans with disabilities that are the result of […]


VETERANS CORNER: Medical Care vs. Claims

VETERANS CORNER: Medical Care vs. Claims

Most veterans have a lot of misunderstanding with how the VA functions and thus are confused when dealing with the VA for both compensation claims and/or getting medical treatment. Hospitals, clinics, Vet Centers and such provide treatment. They work under their own guidelines, regulations, and budgets. The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) confers compensation/service connection for […]


VA Hearing Aids

VA Hearing Aids

I often receive inquiries regarding hearing aids. The first step in determining eligibility for hearing aids is meeting enrollment for VA health care. If a veteran is not using VA health care, I will initiate the enrollment process to verify the veteran meets VA health care eligibility. If they are enrolled and are using VA […]


Veterans Corner: New Driver’s Licenses for Veterans

Veterans Corner: New Driver’s Licenses for Veterans

About this time last year, Governor Brown signed legislation that will require the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to offer special driver’s licenses to veterans.  The license will have a “VETERAN” marking indicating service in the United States Armed Forces. This new program goes into effect on Veterans Day, November 11, 2015. In order […]


Colusa Veterans Corner – September 2015: Veterans may qualify for reduced recreation license fees

Colusa Veterans Corner – September 2015: Veterans may qualify for reduced recreation license fees

Colusa County veterans may qualify for a number of free and reduced parks and recreation license fees, including hunting and fishing licenses issued by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Hunting Licenses Hunting licenses are available to any resident or non-resident veteran in the state with a 50% or greater service-connected disability and who […]


Veterans Corner: July 2015

Veterans Corner: July 2015

Welcome back to the Veterans Corner, where you’ll find essential information about veterans’ services and benefits.  Don’t forget about the Colusa Veterans Picnic this Saturday 25 July from 11am to 3pm, there will be door prizes along with many raffle prizes. It will be held at Veterans Memorial Park on the corner or 10th and […]


Veterans Corner: Gulf War Veterans’ Medically Unexplained Illnesses

Veterans Corner: Gulf War Veterans’ Medically Unexplained Illnesses

June 2015 A prominent condition affecting Gulf War Veterans is a cluster of medically unexplained chronic symptoms that can include fatigue, headaches, joint pain, indigestion, insomnia, dizziness, respiratory disorders, and memory problems. VA refers to these illnesses as “chronic multi-symptom illness” and “undiagnosed illnesses.” The term “Gulf War Syndrome” is used when referring to medically […]


Veterans Corner: College Tuition Fee Waiver for Disabled Veterans’ Dependents

Veterans Corner: College Tuition Fee Waiver  for Disabled Veterans’ Dependents

Thanks to the College Tuition Fee Waiver program (CTFW), disabled veterans in Colusa County can get some assistance in covering the cost of sending their children to college. The CTFW program waives mandatory system-wide tuition and fees at any California institution of higher learning, including the University of California, California State, and community college systems. […]


Colusa Veterans Corner: Vietnam Veterans and Agent Orange

Colusa Veterans Corner:  Vietnam Veterans and Agent Orange

First off, I would like to Welcome Home all of our Vietnam veterans, on 30 April marks the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam War coming to an end with the fall of Saigon. Today’s column focuses on Vietnam veterans and the presumptive medical conditions that the Veterans Administration has identified as linked to Agent Orange/Herbicide […]


Veterans Corner: Gulf War Veterans Medically Unexplained Illnesses

Veterans Corner: Gulf War Veterans Medically Unexplained Illnesses

A prominent condition affecting Gulf War Veterans is a cluster of medically unexplained chronic symptoms that can include fatigue, headaches, joint pain, indigestion, insomnia, dizziness, respiratory disorders, and memory problems. The VA refers to these illnesses as “chronic multi-symptom illness” and “undiagnosed illnesses.” The term “Gulf War Syndrome” is used when referring to medically unexplained […]


Veterans Corner: February 2015

Veterans Corner: February 2015

Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (“Choice Act”) During the last couple of weeks many of Colusa County veterans whom are enrolled in the VA health care system are receiving their choice card in the mail. They also got an information sheet showing the facts about this card. Please read this flier and […]


November 2014: Myths and truths of VA benefits

November 2014: Myths and truths of VA benefits

Myth: Veteran benefits are only for those who were wounded in combat or have lost limbs. Truth: Every veteran who serves and is honorably discharged is eligible for benefits. Eligibility is categorized by types of injuries and disabilities incurred in combat or while serving in the military. Injuries and disabilities incurred do not have to […]


Hearing Loss and Tinnitus, the Most Common Disability for Veterans

Hearing Loss and Tinnitus, the Most Common Disability for Veterans

Hearing loss and tinnitus are the most common disabilities that occur in the veteran population. Hearing loss is fairly self-explanatory in that it is the loss of the ability to hear sounds. Tinnitus can be a ringing, buzzing, crackling or humming sound in your ears. Both of these conditions affect a person’s ability to hear […]