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Veterans Advocate Rick Patton assists Fond du Lac County veterans and their dependents in obtaining benefits

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lthough not a true native of Fond du Lac, Rick Patton feels very comfortable working in his office at 50 N. Portland St., where he serves as Fond du Lac County Veterans Service Officer. Friendly, approachable and welcoming would be a good way to describe Patton, age 53, who has held this position since July 5, 2011. He sits in the chair formerly occupied by predecessor John Wertschnig. At that time, he and his wife, Karen, moved to Fond du Lac to be closer to his family. Born in Merrill, Wis., Patton moved to Waupun with his family at the age of six months. It was there that he grew up, and graduated from Waupun High School in 1980. It was during his junior year at high school that he joined the National Guard on his master’s degree thru George a part-time basis. Washington University and ultiHe then attended the University mately in 2011, he graduated from of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for one there with a M.A. degree in Voc. year, followed by a stint at Cardinal Rehab Counseling.While studyStritch College. During the interim, ing for his master’s degree, he was Patton was engaged in different lines hired to be a County Veteran Service of work. Then in 1988, he attended Officer in Taylor County, a position college for another year in Edinboro, he held for a little over a year. Penn. “Working with veterans tears In 1990, Patton joined the U.S. Army at my heart strings because of a and actively served his country until personal experience ‌ I wanted to he received an honorable discharge help veterans,â€? Patton said. in 2002. Patton When the had brief stints Fond du Lac of selling insurposition opened “Working with veterans ance and even up, he applied, driving a school was hired and tears at my heart strings bus for seven moved to Fond because of a personal and a half years. du Lac. The However, most rewarding experience ‌ I wanted Patton decided part of Patton’s to help veterans.â€? his formal job here is to education was help veterans — Rick Patton not complete receive the and returned benefits they to school are entitled through the Veterans Rehabilitation to. At the time of a veteran’s death, program. His next steps were online he also works with the surviving courses from New York Institute spouse/family members. of Technology where he received Patton says there are somewhere a bachelor’s of science in 2008, in between 8,000 and 9,000 veterans psychology and other pertinent just in Fond du Lac County. His office courses. staff consists of one full time and Patton then started to work on one part time staff besides himself.

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“Between the three of us we assist about 1,500 veterans in one form or another, directly with veterans bene-

fits and to family members in a year, to assist them with benefits they are entitled to after their veteran dies,� Patton said. The County Veterans Service Office provides approximately 6,500 to 7,000 small flags to be placed on veterans graves in area cemeteries annually. Patton says one of his goals is to be able to retire as County Veterans Service Officer with twenty years under his belt. Patton and his wife, Karen, were married in 2001. Willow, a rescue dog, joined the Pattons when he was about one and a half years old, and has shared their home for the last five and a half years. Both are active members of the Edgewood Community Church and attend Bible studies whenever they can. They both enjoy biking and walking Willow, and hiking the Kettle Moraine Trail/Ice Age Trails.

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November Calendar Compiled by the Fond du Lac Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. For detailed information visit fdl.com or call (920) 923-3010. Brat fry — Sunday, Nov. 1, at the Little Farmer LLC, N9438 U.S. 151, Malone. Grilling will be done by the Social Work Club of Fond du Lac. Visit mytlf.com or call 920-921-4784. Chili and soup supper — 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, at Salem-Eldorado UMC, W7910 Church Road, Eldorado. flavors of WisConsin Gift fair — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, at Fond du Lac Public Library, 32 Sheboygan St. Featuring locallyproduced food products from across the state. fall play "rash aCts" — Sunday, Nov. 1, UW-Fond du Lac, 400 University Drive. "Rash Acts" is a collection of short plays: unique comedies, nightmares and quirky dramatic portraits. It will be directed by Richard Gustin. foot of the lake poetry readinG series: niCk demske — 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, in Café 1906, Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, 51 Sheboygan St. Free event includes guest writer, open mic, cash bar. holiday Wonder art and Craft expo — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds Recreation Center, 520 Fond du Lac Ave. sam BroWn & the Brink — 8 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Nov. 7 at Big Al Capone’s, corner of U.S. 151 and County W in Pipe (Malone). Wade house hearthside dinner — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Wade House Historic Site, W7965 State 23, Greenbush. A 19th-century hearth-cooked meal prepared with your own hands in the stagecoach hotel. Reservations required. paCkers party — 11 a.m. doors, event start at noon Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 795 Fond du Lac Ave. Admission includes beer, soda, chili, hot dogs, snacks, desserts, big screen TV, games, raffles, door prizes. Blood drive — noon to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 300 Church St., Lomira. For an appointment call

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Look for that personal touch

If the letter, email or text claims you’re a winner, then they should know who you are. Look for the personal touch in the correspondence. How does the communication start? Is your name

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financial institutions have to make the funds available to account holders within days. Just because the money is available in your account, doesn’t mean the check is good. Remember that in order to win a lottery, you must enter in the first place.

Look for unprofessionalism

Avoid foreign lotteries

Many scammers give themselves away if the message contains poorly-written sentences and typos — the red flags of a scam.

Never send money to a stranger

You can be at risk of becoming a victim of fraud if you do not know the person.

Remember the rules of the lottery

Many scams can be spotted immediately because they do not clearly disclose the terms and conditions, including the rules and how to claim your winnings. You will never have to pay money in advance if you’ve won a legitimate lottery. If you received a check with the lottery letter and deposited it into your bank account, never send funds from the deposited check until it officially clears, this can take weeks. Under federal law,

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Call for help

If you fear you have been scammed — take action immediately. If you believe you have been a victim of fraud using Western Union, call Western Union’s fraud hotline at 800-448-1492. Additionally, contact authorities and other applicable financial institutions and notify them you think you’ve been the victim of a scam. If you sent a money transfer through Western Union and it has not been paid, you can generally receive a refund. Once the scammer picks up the funds — the money is gone.

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