- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Dear Sgt. Shaft:

I am a veteran with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease). My award of VA compensation was done in a timely manner, but it did not include benefits for my wife. I have contacted the VA on numerous occasions but they are unable to correct this omission. I have provided a copy of my marriage certificate and the all of the information that was requested. Is there anything that you could to help? I don’t know what else to do.

Via the Internet

Dear R.C.:

I contacted the powers that be at the Department of Veterans Affairs. I understand that you have been contacted concerning the positive action has been taken to add the additional benefits payable to you as a married veteran. Thanks for your service.

Shaft notes

• Kudos to U-Haul who plans to host two online contests geared to commemorate the celebration of our nation’s independence.

The U-Haul Military video contest will award a $500 U-Haul Gift Certificate to a current or previous member of our armed forces.

To win, all you need to do is create a short video telling them why you should be the military honoree.

Visit the video contest home page: www.facebook.com/UHaulCompany/app_120961358046379 for more details.

The video can be uploaded to the contest home page on the U-Haul Co. Facebook page, and you can share your video with friends and family. The video with the most votes on Aug. 6, 2012, at 11:59 p.m. EST will win a $500 U-Haul Gift Certificate that can be used toward any U-Haul product or service, including truck, trailer and U-Box rentals, moving supplies, moving help, hitches and storage.

The U-Haul SuperGraphics Coloring Contest is also recognizing all branches of the United States armed forces in this month’s coloring contest, which features a special commemorative coloring page dedicated to the military. The winning entry in each age group will receive a $50 Visa gift card and a chance to compete for the grand prize: their graphic on the side of a local U-Haul truck, and an unveiling party for their friends and family.

After World War II, there existed the widespread need for do-it-yourself moving equipment that would be available on a one-way, nationwide basis. U-Haul co-founders L.S. “Sam” Shoen, WWII Navy veteran, and his wife, Anna Mary Carty Shoen, recognized that need and acted upon it. The Shoens hired many returning GIs to work at U-Haul, and these veterans played an integral role in the company’s success.

Today, U-Haul continues its mission to support our active-duty military and veterans, and the company continues to actively hire veterans and provide them with priority in our hiring process.

• Officials of the Department of Veterans Affairs applauded a decision by the attorneys general of several states to give VA the rights to use the GIBill.Com website, after the website’s original owners QuinStreet Inc. agreed to give up the Internet site to settle a lawsuit by the states.

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