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Page 2 Golden Valley News May 16, 2019 .< Addictions have major financial Addiction can be defined as the compulsive repeated use of a drug or substance (such as alcohol) or per- formance of a behavior (such as gambling). Dependence is different, occurring when repeated use of a drug (such as heroine) results in physical dependence which causes an unpleasant feeling of withdrawal when the drug is stopped. Addiction and dependence can occur sepa- rately, although they often run to- gether. At five-years-old, I was a thumb- sucker. I recall not being proud of it as my folks seemed progressively upset about my "addiction." The process that finally helped me quit was when I was told I would not visit my grandma in Minneapolis until I Stopped sucking my thumb. I re- member many struggled attempts at quitting before I finally shook the monkey off my back. Addiction is a human condition that can affect any one of us. The people in this country are currently caught in a terrible mael- strom of opioid addiction from which human beings of all ages, races and economic status seem un- able to escape. Twice as many peo- ple suffocated to death from opioids Prairie Doc By Dr. Richard P. Holm last year than died of vehicular crashes. According to the website, in 2010, something like 23.5 million people in the U.S. (about one in every ten over the age of 12) were addicted to alcohol, drugs, or something. Of those ad- dicted, only one in ten would ever get help. One exPert stated that the finan- cial and emotional toll of addiction is greater than the combined conse- quences of diabetes mellitus and all cancers put together. Think of all the lung disease and cancer that results from smoking; the cirrhosis and liver failure as well as the dementia that results from alcohol; the dental prob- lems from methamphetamine use; and all the social consequences of addiction including accidental ve- hicular crashes, suicides, homicides, criminal behavior and incarceration. Despite all this doomsday talk, I think we have room for hope if we realize that none of us is immune and everyone should take precautions. We should start with an open-eyed and honest approach with our youth, teaching the truth about addiction without making addictive behaviors a "forbidden fruit." Our country des- perately needs affordable addiction and mental health treatment options, available to all, without the negative stigma (and often unhelpful incar- ceration) that can follow. Spending for prevention and treatment of ad- diction would save us all signifi- cantly more than it would cost. We also need more research to better understand addiction and what influences addictive behavior, even that as seemingly benign as sucking one's thumb. (For free and easy access to the entire Prairie Doc library, visit and follow The Prairie Doc on Facebook, Insta- gram and Twitter featuring On Call with the Prairie Doc a medical Q&A show streaming live on Face- book most Thursdays at 7 p.m. cen- tral.) North Dakota Amber Alert test scheduled for May 23 The North Dakota Highway Pa- AMBER alerts are recorded on tional Weather Service, and the trol and the North Dakota Depart- the North Dakota Department ofNorth Dakota Broadcasters Associa- ment of Emergency Services Transportation 511 road and weather tion to activate various systems in (NDDES)conduct the annual test of information system and displayed on child abduction cases meeting the AMBER (America's Missing: the NDDOT roadside message signs, AMBER Alert criteria. NDDES, in Broadcast Emergency Response) the NDResponse web page at collaboration with the NWS, uses Alert system from 2-4 p.m Central, and at the Emergency Alert System to pro- time on Thursday, May 23. North Dakota Lottery terminal loca- vide a description of the abducted All AMBER Alert components tions, child, suspected abductor, and vehi- will be tested except for the Wireless The goal of an AMBER Alert is cle to statewide radio and television Emergency Alert (WEA) which is to prompt the community to assist in stations. AMBER alerts are also au- sent to mobile devices. Advanced the search for and safe return of an tomatically sent through WEA to notification is provided to avoid mis- abducted child. The program is a mobile devices. interpretation of this test as an actual voluntary partnership between law To learn more, visit AMBER Alert. enforcement, state agencies, the Na- By Jane Cook traveling westbound on Interstate 94 rest on its left side in the median. Reporter ~ ~ near milernarke{46, about 4 miles east The driver was transported to the BELFIELD - A crash east of of Belfield at about 4:55 a.m when Dickinson hospital where he was Belfield on Friday morning, May 10, the driver, Dwayne Trahan, 50, from treated for serious non-life threatening closed part of Interstate 94 for a few Stanley, turned left to avoid a vehicle injuries. The interstate was closed for hours, that had merged in front of it, entering approximatelY four hours with traffic The N.D. Highway Patrol said that the median. The driver steered right to detoured around the scene. No haz- a Freightliner semi truck pulling a get the vehicle back onto the roadway, ardous materials were released as a re- trailer of anhydrous ammonia was The semi overturned and came to a sult of this crash. Please Southwest District Court casesViolation of motor carrier closed in April in Golden Valley safety regulations - general: Kolt County: K. Simons, 54, Vale, S.D. Unauthorized methods of tak- Failed to stop/yield right of way ing game bird and game animals: at stop intersection: Dennis C. Kelby J. Jesz, 29, Fargo Whitney, 73, Wibaux, Mont. Speeding: Lucas L. Lehman, 29,Driving without liability insur- Bloomington, Minn.; Catherine M ante: Brandon M. Miller, 21, Beach Peplinski, 62, Wibaux, Mont.; Ka- Southwest District Court cases .trinka A. Sherman, 48, Beach closed in Billings County in April: : Speeding: 1-5 mph over: Erwin Hunting on posted land without A. Roman, 29, Ketchum, Idaho permission - first offense: Jade D. Disobedience to traffic control Janke, 31, Dickinson devices: Kolt K. Simons, 54, Vale, Reckless driving: Maurice P. .S.D. Mensah, 36, Williston FirstLink Program to receive award Since the start of2019,the FirstLink will be received in early June at the :Suicide Follow-Up Program has re- Nonprofit Leadership Conference. :ceived over 740 referrals and made FirstLink's Follow-Up Call Pro- over 3,400 outgoing phone calls to gram CoordinatorFrancesca Huelsman iclients that have been discharged who will also be attending the 2019 NEW 'struggled with thoughts or actions of Leadership Development Institute in '~ suicide, late May. She will be one of 40 women Because ofthe efforts ofthe Suicide that were chosen to expand their i-Follow-Up Program, the team will be knowledge to create positive change in 'given the 2019 North Dakota Associa- their community which she hopes will ~tion of Nonprofit Organizations' help her to expand the Suicide Follow- (NDANO) Partnership Award which Up Program. 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Seeking Aid Dear Seeking, The Veterans Administration does indeed have a little-known, underuti- lized benefit that can help wartime veterans and their surviving spouses pay for a variety of long-term care costs. This benefit, called "Aid and At- tendance," is a special pension that's paid in addition to a basic pension. It pays a maximum of $2,230 a month to married veterans; $1,881 a month to single veterans; or $1,209 a month to a surviving spouse. The money is tax free, and can be used to pay for in-home care, assisted living and nursing home care. Today, only around 230,000 vet- erans and survivors receiving Aid and Attendance, but millions more are eligible and either don't know about it, or don't think they can qual- ify for it. Eligibility Requirements To qualify, your dad must have served at least 90 days of active mil- itary service with at least one day of service during a period of war, and not have been discharged dishonor- ably. Single surviving spouses of wartime vets are eligible if their mar- riage ended due to death. In addition, your dad will also have to meet certain thresholds for medical and financial need to be eli- gible. To qualify medically he must be either disabled, or over the age of 65 and need help with basic everyday living tasks such as eating, dressing, bathing or going to the bathroom. Being blind or in a nursing home or assisted living facility due to mental disability also qualifies him. Single surviving spouses have no age re- strictions, but they must require help with basic everyday living tasks to be eligible. To qualify financially, your par- ents must have limited assets, under $127,061, excluding their home, ve- hicle and personal belongings. And their annual income (minus medical and long-term care expenses) cannot exceed the Maximum Allowable Pension Rate (MAPR), which in support your local merchants SERVING SOUTHWESTERN NORTH DAKOTA AND SOUTHEASTERN MONTANA 701-483-7900 866-483-7900 STEVENSON WWW. STEVEN SONFUN ERALHOME.COM GOLDEN GRADUATES The Senior Class of 2019 from Beach High School would like to invite the Golden Graduates of 1969 from Beach High School, Golva High School, and Sentinel Butte High School to partici- pate in their graduation exercise as guests of honor. There will be reserved seating for both you and your spouse. The date is May 26 at 2 p.m. at the Beach High School Gymnasium. Please arrive by 1:30 p.m so the Golden Graduates can sign up and receive flowers in the commons area. Please call the Beach High School office, 701-872-4161, by May 20 if you are planning on attending. If you have an address or phone number of a Golden Graduate who needs to be notified, please call the above number and we will be glad to contact them. By Jim Miller This benefit, called "Aid and At- tendance," is a spe- cial pension that's paid in addition to a basic pension, It pays a maximum of $2,230 a month to married veterans; $1,881 a month to single veterans; or $1,209 a month to a surviving spouse 2019 is $26,766 for a veteran and their spouse; $22577 for a single vet- eran; and $14,509 for a surviving spouse. To calculate your parent's income qualifications, add up their income over the past year (including Social Security, pensions, interest income from investments, annuities, etc.), minus any out-of-pocket medical ex- penses, prescription drugs, insurance premiums and long-term care costs over that same period of time. If the final tally is under the MAPR, and he meets the other requirements, he should be eligible for aid. How to Apply To learn more, or to apply for Aid and Attendance, contact your re- Van or Bus Service Billings County Golden Valley County Distance of 160 Miles CALL: 701-872-3836 Our board meets at 9:30 a.m first Tuesday of each month at 22 S. Central Ave Beach. The public is invited! gional VA benefit office (see Bene- .asp or call 800-827-1000) where you can apply in person. You can also apply by writing the Pension Management Center for your state (see Bene- tact.asp). You'll need to include evidence, like VA Form 21-2680 ( which your dad's doctor can fill out that shows his need for Aid and Attendance. If you need some help, you can appoint a Veteran Service Officer (VSO), a VA-accredited attorney or claims agent to represent your dad. See fits/vso-search to locate someone. If your dad is eligible, it will take between six and 12 months for his application to be processed, so be pa- tient. You should also know that if your dad's Aid and Attendance application is approved, the VA will send a lump sum retroactive payment covering the time from the day you filed the application until the day it was ap- proved. Then your dad receives monthly payments going forward. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Nor- man, OK 73070, or visit SavvySe- Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of "The Savvy Senior" book. Golden Valley News P.O. Box 156, Beach, ND 58621 (U.S.P.S. Pub. No. 221-280) The Golden Valley News is pub- lished each Thursday, 22 Central Ave Suite 4, Beach, ND 58621 by Nordmark Publishing. Periodicals postage paid at Beach, ND and addi- tional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Golden Valley News, P.O. Box 156, Beach, ND 58621. Please allow two to three weeks for new subscriptions, renewal of ex- pired subscriptions and for address changes. 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