Jackson County helps veterans get benefits they earned



By Vickie Aldous

While serving on board an aircraft carrier during World War II, Ernie Gallo survived 17 battle engagements against Japanese forces and a typhoon with 140 mph winds and 70-foot waves.

The battles left him with burst eardrums.

“There was a war on. We were shooting at the enemy and they were shooting at us,” Gallo recalled.

Gallo, now 95 and a Medford resident, received help from the Jackson County Veteran Services Office and the Department of Veterans Affairs to get hearing aids — expensive devices not covered by Medicare.

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