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LaGrange County Veterans Service Officer speaks to AARP members


LaGrange County Veterans Service Officer Allen Connelly presented a program on state and federal veteran’s benefits at the LaGrange AARP Chapter #3829 meeting held on May 4 at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church.

Connelly reported the LaGrange Veterans Service Office assists in preparing claims and finding information and resources to help solve service-related needs and problems for veterans at no cost. He also discussed the following veterans issues: home healthcare; pensions; disability compensation; transportation; burial coverage; veterans state support schools; and retirement facilities.

There are no regular hours at the veterans service office, so making an appointment is required by calling 260-499-6387 or e-mail

 Connelly also explained that the VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Goshen provides veterans with important primary, personal, and mental health care. The clinic also provides laboratory tests and routine prescriptions processed either through the mail or My HealtheVet, if registered. The CBOC is located at 2014 Lincolnway East, Suite #3, Goshen, IN 46526. You can also contact the CBOC at 574-534-6108 or 1-888-683-3019, or e-mail

Connelly handed out Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs booklets to those at the meeting. The booklets provide information that assist Hoosier veterans, service personnel, their dependents and survivors in obtaining the benefits and advantages that may be due them under the law of the State of Indiana and The United States.

The LaGrange VA Service Office provides the handout booklets, forms, and any information vets and their dependents may need to prepare for benefits or privileges to which they may be entitled as administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as well as the state of Indiana.

Earlier this year, AARP President Joe Feiertag was awarded this year’s National Retired Teacher’s Association (NRTA) and National AARP Annual Chapter and Retired Educators Association Unit Community Service Award. The award is given yearly to a person or persons providing the most outstanding service to the community through the chapter or a unit sponsored service project. Bess Gallagher, last year’s recipient, presented the award to President Feiertag.

All seniors are welcome to AARP meetings, both members and guests. The LaGrange chapter meets at 1:30 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, except in July, at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in LaGrange. Anyone who is a member of the National AARP is eligible to join the LaGrange chapter for a small yearly membership fee.