News briefs for Oct. 18

Local teachers could win $2,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., and a student could win a $10,000 U.S. savings bond in the Veterans of Foreign Wars' national awards program this year. The VFW and Ladies Auxiliary will award the National Citizenship Education Teacher Award 2004-2005 to one outstanding teacher in levels kindergarten through fifith grade, sixth grade to eighth grade, and ninth through 12th grade. Students in sixth through eighth grades can compete in the Patriot's Pen Essay Competition by writing a 300 to 400 word essay on the theme "What Service to Our Country Means to Me." The deadline for entering is Nov. 1 for both competitions. Interested students and teachers should contact the local VFW Post by calling 824-7145 or visiting www.vfw.org.

Medals available
for Normandy veterans
Commemorative "Jubilee of Liberty" medals are available for WWII veterans who landed at Normandy, France, between June 6 and Aug. 31, 1944. Veterans must submit a copy of their DD 214s. Applicants may seek their local veterans service officer, and Craig residents can call Johnny Garcia at 824-3264.

Operation Recognition gives veterans diplomas
Veterans of WWII, Korea and Vietnam who are older than 60 and did not complete high school can receive a high school diploma. Veterans must complete an application and submit a copy of their honorable discharges. A diploma can be issued from the high school a veteran attended or the school district in which a veteran resides. Diplomas also can be awarded posthumously. A graduation ceremony will be held Veterans Day. Veterans who want to participate in the ceremony should apply for a diploma by Oct. 21, but veterans can apply for diplomas at any time. Call Johnny Garcia, veterans service officer at the Colorado Workforce, at 824-3264.

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