Scheduling appointments at Craig Telehealth Clinic

— All appointments for the Craig Telehealth Clinic must be scheduled through the nurse clerk stationed in Grand Junction at 970 263-2834 or the toll free number 1 866 206- 6415, and then ask for Judy Moran at extension No. 2775.

If you push No.1 anytime in the recorded message it will take you to the extension entry. Then push extension No. 2775.

They are now scheduling appointments Monday through Friday afternoons.

To get blood work and tests to Grand Junction ahead of appointments, the local registered nurse, Dave Newman, may be calling veterans a month in advance to get the samples to VAMC before visits.

They are having delivery delays from the contracted package service at this time and samples are not getting there in time or arriving after the mandatory holding times have expired.

Please be patient with the staff as they attempt to correct and smooth this process out.

This office (CVSO) has nothing to do with scheduling appointments at this facility, other than rides to/from and then follow-up treatments in Grand Junction for specialized care.

Veteran Flu shots

The Craig Clinic has scheduled a flu shot clinic for Tuesday, Oct, 30 and Tuesday, Nov. 27. They will be giving the shots all day, from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. and will accept walk-ins.

Current and recent military veterans

The VA can provide you with priority health care and benefits assistance even if you are still on active duty or an activated member of the National Guard or Reserve.

If you are an honorably discharged vet of Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom, the VA can provide you with free medical care for two years from your discharge date for conditions you believe are related to your military service regardless of your income or eligibility status.

There is legislation pending to increase this time limit to five years. For information, call Cathy Angelica Jim Blankenship or Arnet Day at the VAMC in Grand Junction. Cathy's extension is No. 2246, and Arnet's No. 2119.

Lost and found

I have a blue denim long sleeve shirt that was left at the Moving Wall site in August. Someone returned it to my office. It is a medium-sized, Coosacounty shirt with a black cross and red flame over the left pocket.

If it is yours, give me a call.

Vet transport system

We will be looking for volunteer drivers to pick up veterans within 50 miles of Craig for the new clinic. These rides will only be for senior vets without a vehicle, or license, handicapped no drivers or low-income vets. All other vets will have to arrange their own transport. We will also be establishing pick up points in Baggs, Wyo., Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Meeker so we aren't running around trying to find an address. We will return the vet back to those points after their appointment. If you are interested in driving for this outreach program, contact me.

VFW District meeting

The VFW District Nine meeting will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 in Craig at the Post No. 4265 headquarters.

For information on these programs and/or other veterans' benefits, call or stop in the Moffat County VSO office at 480 Barclay St. (west of the Bank of Colorado parking lot).

Call 970-824-3246 or use the fax 970-824-7108. Our e-mail address is veterans@moffatcounty.net. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Other times can be arranged by appointment only.

Bring a copy of your separation papers (DD-214) for application for VA programs and for filing at our office.

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