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Center at the Park director concerned about legislation

The ongoing budget cuts and proposed budget cuts in the federal government are having an impact on senior programs. In a recent announcement from the Center at the Park, executive director Mike Johnson expressed concerns about HR1, passed by the House of Representatives on Feb. 19 and up for a vote Friday. This eliminates funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service, CNCS, and the programs it administers, including RSVP, the Foster Grandparent Program, Senior Corps, Americicorps, VISTA and Learn and Serve America.

"RSVP has been a great program since its inception about 35 years ago. We have a lot of sites locally and the effects will be devastating and across the country even exponentially. I'd prefer that Congress, in a bi-partisan way, look at the tax code, and stop the tax breaks for the super rich rather than cut out programs that help so many others. The burden of responsibility needs to be taken off the middle class and they're not going to realize much of a savings from it anyway," Johnson said.

For more information call the Center at 509-527-3775.

Park Plaza to hold seminar that explains veterans benefits

Park Plaza retirement community, 1400 Dalles Military Road, will hold a free veterans benefits seminar March 22 at 2 p.m.

According to a release, the seminar will explain the VA Aid & Attendance program, which provides eligible veterans and surviving spouses up to $1,949 per month, tax-free to go towards moving into a retirement community. According to the announcement, many who may be eligible aren't aware of the program.

The seminar is designed to educate veterans and their families as well as help them navigate the application process. Refreshments will be provided. To RSVP or for more information call 509-525-6513.

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