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In 2016, Calhoun County Veterans Affairs funded a scholarship endowment at Kellogg Community College with $10,000 to assist Veterans with furthering or completing their educational goals. In 2017, the first scholarship was awarded.
It was a $500 scholarship awarded to a KCC Veteran who was studying graphic design. This year a $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a KCC Veteran who is studying nursing. Earlier this year, with the Calhoun County Veterans Affairs Committee’s recommendation, the Calhoun County Board of Commissioners approved an additional $15,000 in funding for the Calhoun County Veterans Affairs Scholarship at KCC.
Another similarly named scholar- ship endowment at Western Michigan University was also approved. The initial funding for that scholarship is $35,000.
In order to apply for the Calhoun County Veterans Affairs Scholarship at either school Veterans must meet the following qualifications:
1. Honorable or Under Honorable
Conditions discharge from the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air Force, or Honorable discharge from any previously men- tioned Reserve or National Guard com- ponent following completion of initial obligation;
2. Current resident of Calhoun County;
3. Currently enrolled either full or part-
time in a degree or certificate seeking
4. Students not in their first semester must
have a GPA of 2.5 or higher;
5. Not eligible for any 100% tuition pay- ing VA educational benefits;
6. Must demonstrate financial need.
The reason for establishing schol- arships is two-fold. The first reason is to increase economic opportunities for Veterans who reside in Calhoun County. The second reason for establishing scholarships is the sustainability of the programs. Since the scholarships are endowed they will produce scholarship awards in perpetuity without having to contribute additional funds.
If a Veteran is attending KCC, or
plans to, and is interested in applying
for the Calhoun County Veterans Affairs Scholarship they should contact the Kellogg Community College Foundation. Their office located on KCC’s main cam- pus in the Roll Building, Room 301. They can also be contacted by phone at (269) 965-4161 or by e-mail at kccfoundation@
Veterans interested in applying for
the scholarship at WMU should con-
tact Western’s Office of Military and Veterans Affairs. Their office is located on Western’s main campus in Ellsworth Hall, Office 1255. They can also be reached by phone at (269) 387-4444 or by e-mail at
If you have any questions regarding benefits for Veterans or their families, please don’t hesitate to call our office
or stop by and visit us. Calhoun County Veterans Affairs can be reached at (269) 969-6735. We are located in the third floor of the Toeller Building at 190 E. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek, MI, 49014. If you would prefer to reach us by e-mail, you can do so at
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New regulations issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) increase access to telemedicine for Veterans who get care through the VA health system. Telemedicine provides physician consulta- tions using electronic video communications over the internet either by computer, tablet, or smartphone. Over 80,000 Veterans in the US have Parkinson’s disease (PD). Using telemedicine, two-way video can revolu- tionize the way people seek convenient, accessible health care using technology. As a result, the VA’s telemedicine program can now provide services across state lines. This is an access breakthrough. As long as each Veteran has the required technology to sup- port video conferencing, and the ability to operate the equipment either independently or with the help of a caregiver or other pro- vider they can be seen remotely.
A telemedicine visit is not that different from an in-person visit as far as the length of time and interview portions, and it generally
includes a modified physical exam. Certain aspects of a neurological exam cannot be done remotely, but a modified version of the Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) is used to assess patient conditions on a related scale of evaluation as in a doc- tor’s office.
Early results indicate that most people using telemedicine have a high level of satis- faction with the process. Positive comments reflect convenience, reduced travel time and lower associated expense. Fewer telehealth appointments are cancelled than traditional medical office visits. This may result in improved clinical results and more efficient use of the health care system.
Future advances in technology will con- tinue to increase access to care. For Veterans and others with Parkinson’s, it will be important to evaluate benefits as well as the limitations associated with virtual medicine and the remote delivery of care.
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