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Kudos for county vets office

The St. Croix County Veterans’ Service Office was scheduled for special recognition by the board of supervisors at its November meeting Tuesday (Nov. 5).

Merlin Blaisdell, veteran’s service officer, had helped a World War II veteran get the medical care needed at the end of his life.

Patricia Palmer, of Woodbury, Minn., daughter-in-law of World War II Army veteran Howard Palmer wrote a letter to the board on Sept. 27 to express her gratitude for the service.

“In 2012, my father-in-law, Howard Palmer, of Hudson required living and health support and could no longer live on his own at home,” she wrote.

She explained the cost of care to create loving and safe conditions for him was daunting until a family member suggested they check if he had some veterans benefit options available.

“We submitted a fully developed claim,” said Blaisdell recently. “So when the VA gets the application it has everything it needs to make a decision and Mr. Palmer was approved.”

“It’s a pleasure to work for people who appreciate our efforts. It’s what makes the job worthwhile,” Blaisdell added.

Palmer said her father-in–law, “was approved for benefit assistance and it, together with his pension and social security allowed him the opportunity to live in an assisted living facility in Hudson, close to his doctors and family.”

“He had a good quality of life and was grateful he could live at the Christian Community Home,” she said.

“Merlin helped us fill out all the paperwork, talked with Howard, guided us through the process and forms and made it so much less fearful, less overwhelming and complicated,” she said

Howard Palmer died April 6 (age 93). He lived at CCH for 13 months and had assistance for approximately seven months.

“The people and service offered at the Veteran Service office headed up by Merlin Blaisdell is a God-send to the veterans and the families that are advocating for them, Thank you, Thank you,” she closed.