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Charitable giving Avoid being prey for your kindness


cammers operate year-round, but the holidays present a unique opportunity to take advantage of kind, unsuspecting people. With Covid and the recent wildfires, there has been an uptick of victims.

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Unfortunately, says Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, “there are scammers out there who prosper off any disaster or holiday of increased charitable giving.”

“Unfortunately, there are some bad Guaranteeing sweepstakes winnings in actors out there who will prosper off any exchange for a donation is a scam and is disaster,” she says, adding that several lead- illegal. ing Oregon charities have joined together to create the 2020 Community Rebuilding Be wary of phone, email or door-to-door fund and Oregonians wanting to help those solicitations. affected by the fires are encouraged to give to participating organizations. Remember not all gifts are tax deductible. Gifts to individuals through GoFundMe Donors are encouraged to do their and similar platforms are not. Check the research through websites such as Guide IRS website. Make sure a charity provides Star, Charity Navigator, the Better Business written confirmation of your donation. Keep Bureau. You can confirm an organization is records.

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It could be a request that you wire money or purchase pre-paid debit cards. You might be warned that if you don’t respond immediately, your prize winnings will be lost. Scammers often pose as banks, healthcare providers and government officials asking for identifying personal or financial information. Scams usually sound too good to be true. Do not give personal information to anyone you don’t know. You can usually detect a scam by the urgency in the speaker’s voice. Hang up. Never offer bank account information or social security numbers. Calls out of the blue asking you to wire money are a common scam practice and should not be taken seriously. The Oregon Department of Justice has seen an uptick in imposter scams related to wildfire donations.

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registered with the Oregon Department of Justice by checking the database or calling 971-673-1880. Never let anyone pressure, guilt or rush you into donating. Don’t assume charity appeals you see online or social media are legitimate, even if you receive one from someone you know. Scammers use names that sound like real charities. Search the organization name plus words like, “scam,” “fraud” or “complaint.” You want your donation to make a difference, and researching the receiving organization helps avoid scams.

If anyone ever asks for donations in the form of cash, gift card, or wired funds, don’t do it. Some scammers trick people into payScammers prey on kind and generous Or- ing them by thanking them for a donation egonians during disasters, says Rosenblum. they never made.


Know what percentage of your donation goes to the people who need it. Financial gifts rather than goods such as toilet paper, sleeping bags, etc. are encouraged as most nonprofits don’t have large storage facilities. Another scam is price-gouging during natural disasters. In Oregon, it is unlawful to offer or sell consumer goods or services at an “unconscionably excessive price.” This includes retailers and wholesalers that sell essential goods or services. A price is excessive if it is 15 percent or more higher than is customary. If you suspect price gouging, get as much information as possible, including a picture of the product name, brand, size and unit price. If online, take a screenshot of the online platform, seller name, product details and date. Keep the receipt. Call the Oregon Consumer Hotline at 503-378-8442 or send to oregonconsumer.org. For more information and printouts visit oregonconsumer.gov or call 877-877-9392. Report fake charity scams to ftc.gov/charity.

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ast, present and future, our men and women soldiers, sailors and pilots have made the ultimate sacrifice: giving themselves wholly in service for all of us. In observing Veterans Day, we give honor, respect, and gratitude to them all. They have written a blank check to citizens of America, sometimes with staggering consequences. Freedom has never been free, and today’s service men and women are the veterans of tomorrow. My father came home from World War II with relentless nightmares. He often woke up screaming. Diagnosed as “shell shocked,” he was prescribed sleeping pills and told to get on with his life. He did his best, and never spoke about the horror. I finally learned the details after his death.

However, PTSD — Post Traumatic Stress Disorder — wasn’t recognized then. The term came on scene in the 1970s, largely due to diagnoses of US Vietnam veterans. It was officially recognized by the American Psychiatric Association in 1980. Sadly, today PTSD is linked to rising numbers of veteran suicides. Estimates vary based on sources but range from 22 to 35 every day. One is too many.

He was career military, serving in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. A military bus filled with color guard came to Willamette National Cemetery to honor his passing. His peace of mind, however, was a casualty of war decades earlier. Episode 9, Season 4 of the television show “Garage Squad” tells the story of one American hero who lost his battle with PTSD. In it the squad teams up with David and Wendy Meyers, parents of US Marine Corporal Brandon D. “Bubba” Meyers, to honor him by completing the restoration of his treasured 1968 Chevy Malibu. Brandon bought the Malibu on e-bay while deployed during his first nine-month tour in Iraq. Restoring the car to its former glory was to be a father-son bonding project once he returned from war. Mario E Montiel, AAMS® Financial Advisor


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After his second tour, this time 19 months in an Iraqi hellstorm, Brandon returned home, but he was different. One night his father David woke Wendy, telling her their son was on the roof. Brandon had told his father he was doing sniper duty.

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Diagnosed 70 percent disabled by PTSD, Brandon made it home, but he ended his own life at age 25. “Never take their word that they are okay,” says Brandon’s sister Tiffany Meyers. “This is affecting so many young people.” “Broadcast journalist Brad Edward of Chicago did a story about Brandon, and PTSD,” Wendy shares. “They won an Emmy for it and gave it to us. When I saw the clip, Brad Edwards said, ‘this is for you Ms. Meyers.’ I cried so hard.”

she raises go directly to those who train the magnificent service dogs. The healing comes bit by bit, and completing Brandon’s Malibu was a significant milestone. An unexpected blessing: the labor of love brought to light a long-held secret: Brandon had always planned to gift the restored Malibu to his father.

Help is available For all service members, veterans and concerned loved ones, help is available 24/7. A responder will always answer and ask a few questions. He or she will work to help you through any personal crisis, even if it does not involve thoughts of suicide.

Brandon’s parents honor him by driving the beautiful car, their destinations naturally including his place of rest in Elwood IL, at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. Wendy smiles, “His dream is alive now.”

Connecting is free, anonymous and confidential, available to all veterans and service member, including members of the National Guard and Reserve, if not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. Chat online at veteranscrisisline.net/gethelp/chat or call 800-273-8255 option 1, TTY 800-799-4889, or text 838255. The Emmy is displayed with other treasures honoring the service and memory of their young Marine. He had dreamed of joining up since the age of six. In the display, alongside dog tags and leatherneck badassery is a simple sign: “BE KIND ALWAYS.”

Wendy and David with the fully restored Malibu

A note from Wendy ~ “Please remember the men and women of our military who battle every day. . . in war and in their personal war at home. More die from suicide then the war itself. Please pray for them. See Wendy Meyers’ GoFundMe page at gofundme.com/8zi4z4

His mother says, “I’m not ashamed at all to say my son took his life, because the more people are aware, the more organizations are popping up and the more people are helping our veterans.” Wendy has undertaken fundraising on her own to provide service dogs to veterans with PTSD. “It’s what’s kept me alive,” she says. Her efforts — including a GoFundMe account, speaking engagements and car shows — have raised upward of $55,000 to date. But the impassioned mom isn’t finished yet. A trained PTSD dog can cost $15,000, and she wants to gift them for free. As long as there are veterans, she will probably never stop, she says. The funds NORTHWEST 50 PLUS  MARION POLK  |  NOVEMBER 2020  7


there is no “getting over it” but you can work through it By Steve B u tto n


oping with the death of a loved one is one of the most difficult struggles we face during our lives. Many people choose not to grieve, trying to avoid the emotional pain because it is so seemingly unbearable. However, unresolved grief can have many negative life outcomes, including depression, substance use and/ or behavioral disorders, increased anxiety, fear, health problems, accidents and drop-out rates, and diminished self-esteem and school performance. It can also lead to suicide. While we do not “get over it,” we can work through grief. The loss will always be a part of you and impact you throughout life, but how you grieve is very important and makes a profound difference in how you live for the remainder of your life.

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There is no right way or wrong way to grieve, and no specific “timetable” for grief. Experts have identified stages or tasks of mourning and grief. I find William Worden’s Four Tasks of Mourning very helpful. Though listed sequentially, most people move back and forth through the different stages of grief. Worden’s first task is acceptance of the loss. This involved rituals such as funerals or memorials, speaking of the person in the past tense, accepting the depth of the relationship and the impact of losing the relationship. Second is working through the pain of grief by accepting the strong emotions associated with death — sadness, fear, loneliness, despair, guilt, anger, and relief, among others. Third is adjusting to a reality in which the deceased is missing. This takes time and is related to how day to day roles and tasks are changed without that person in your life.

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We must work to maintain an important emotional connection with our loved one while still finding meaning and purpose. This enables us to move forward and find happiness and even joy in life. Many people move through the grief tasks without realizing what they are. However, if you are struggling with grief, I encourage you to seek help and support. Support groups and individual counseling can provide the tools needed to move forward after the death of a loved one.


Steve Button is a retired social worker. He was with the Suicide Prevention Action Network since 2001 and a QPR instructor since 1990.

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complicated!” Or “How are people supposed to do this? Are they trying to make this hard?” And most of all, “I don’t know what to do.” “I’m happy to help any way I can,” he says. “I try to explain things in a way that’s easy to understand.” Bayley starts with simple questions that help narrow the options, such as, “Do you have a doctor you go to regularly?” If the answer is yes, the choice of plans is narrowed to those which include the preferred physician. Likewise, people with employer-based insurance often have a preferred medical system. This too, helps narrow the choices. The questions continue, narrowing the choices and simplifying the decisions along the way. “Sometimes the exploration can get very detailed,” Bayley acknowledges, “down to specific medications a person may need. Medications can be a major cost for some people, and coverage from different insurance plans does differ.” SHIBA also helps people who already have Medicare coverage. Sometimes coverage changes year to year, and occasionally plans are discontinued so people need to find a new plan. Bayley recently helped a woman find a prescription drug plan that was more affordable for the chemotherapy drugs she needed after being diagnosed with cancer. He helped another client search for plans with fewer restrictions on physical therapy coverage. The annual open enrollment period, Oct 15 to Dec 7, is the time people can make these types of changes for the coming year

Don’t wait until your birthday Bayley encourages people to start learning about the essentials: Part A (hospital care), Part B (routine medical) and Part D (prescriptions) well before their 65th birthday. “Know the difference between supplemental ‘Medigap’ policies and Medicare Advantage plans. And consider your needs for vision, hearing or dental services,” he says.

Caring for clients often involves more than one meeting. “They come in and learn the basics, then come back after giving it some thought.” And, while he says it’s a challenge not being able to meet face to face right now, there are many helpful resources available. Under the ‘Plan Finder’ at Medicare.gov, for example, Bayley says,“Someone on 10 to 15 medications can plug them in and the site will identify the lowest cost prescription drug plan or Medicare Advantage plan based on a plan’s selection of brand-name and generic offerings. The Plan Finder shows the cost per year for each prescription. If you find a plan that fits, you can enroll right online.” Other recommended resources include the handbook offered to anyone turning 65, “Medicare and You,” and the SHIBA publication, “Oregon Guide to Medicare Insurance Plans.” After reviewing these materials, those seeking more help can contact SHIBA or a local insurance agent, who Bayley calls “trusted partners.” Bayley readily acknowledges how complicated Medicare can seem, but reminds people why that is: “Medicare was developed over decades,” he says. “Original Medicare started in the ‘60s,

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Primary Care: $0 Specialist Visit: $40

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Emergency: $90

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Individual or group session: $40

Routine exam 1/year: $0 Hearing aids: $499/$799

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Deductible: $150 Preferred generics: $0 Generics: $10 Preferred brand: $47 Non-referred drug: $100 Specialty drugs: 29% coinsurance


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Available with a reduced premium for qualifying low income individuals $0 Express Care Virtual visits from the safety of your home Worldwide emergency coverage ($50,000 limit) Silver & Fit gym membership included at no cost Coverage for chiropractic and acupuncture services Preventive dental included with optional, additional coverage starting at $29.40


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ets are our soul companions. Whether they fit in the palm of your hand or fill a livestock trailer, one thing is certain: finding they won’t all fit in your vehicle when escaping a wind-driven inferno is devastating. That’s when you call COWGIRL 911, a volunteer livestock and animal evacuation/ assistance group of men and women also known as angels with trucks, huge hearts and boots on the ground. “Flames shot 20 feet up and embers flew; that fire started us rescuing horses,” says Kristina Ruggles Fox of the Molalla RSG Mill fire. “My daughter Kianna and I left to get our horse trailer; our friend had 22 horses near the mill to evacuate.”

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Farmers there had received bareAnother helper, Shari Trujillo, ly 10 minutes’ warning to escape received heartfelt thanks from two this fire, which devastated feed, little Colton boys when she brought pastures and herds. Some cattle had their cows home. to be euthanized because the fire had burned so fast and hot it melted their hooves.

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