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Amplified phones offered to vets, seniors

VFW Post 10818 in New Richmond will sponsor a Workshop highlighting the Wisconsin Telecommunications Equipment Purchase Program.

The TEPP program provides amplified telephone vouchers for residents with hearing loss with most applicants being able to obtain the feature rich phones free of charge. The event will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at the New Richmond Community Commons.

TEPP is funded by the USF charge (Universal Service Fund) that appears on the telephone bills of all Wisconsin residents. To qualify, Wisconsin residents must struggle to hear on a regular telephone and cannot have received a TEPP voucher within the last three years. There are no age or income restrictions.

The telephones offered are rich in features that enable those with a hearing loss to communicate over the phone. These features include hearing aid compatibility, amplified volume, enriched tone controls, extra-large numbered keypads, loud ringer volume choices, caller ID capability, and unique speed-dialing features.

The featured workshop speaker will be Paul Klocko of ElderCom. During the past three years, Klocko has guided more than 3,500 people through the TEPP process and helped them receive their equipment.

"We have worked with Paul in the past and I even received a phone that works great," said event coordinator and VFW Commander Dave Green. "Every senior and veteran who struggles to hear on a phone owes it to themselves to attend and sign up for this program."

The New Richmond TEPP Workshop will run from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at the Community Commons building. Participants will be able to ask questions, view available equipment and apply for the program. There is no charge for residents who qualify for the program.

The Community Commons building is located at 421 So. Green Ave. in New Richmond.

Those who cannot attend the workshop and have further questions are encouraged to call Klocko at 715-241-6940 or email ( for additional information.