Bill Harding: Moving Wall scholarship deadline was Monday

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The deadline for Moving Vietnam Wall scholarship entries was Monday.

All entries must have been submitted to Ms. Duncan at the high school. No late submissions will be accepted.

A panel of teachers will select finalists who will make oral and written presentations at the local veteran organizations meetings in April. The American Legion meets April 15. The VFW Post meets April 21. Both meetings start at 7 p.m..

The members present will select the finalist by vote after their presentations. The scholarship will then be presented on Awards Night at the high school in May.

New Rio Blanco VSO

The new Rio Blanco County Veterans Service Officer is Chuck Estes. He can be reached via cestes@co.rio-blanco.co.us.

History of Army Day

Army Day can be traced back to a little-known Defense Test Day, which was observed only twice: once in 1924 and once in 1925. Congress then disallowed any further observances of this day.

In response, the Military Order of the World War under Colonel Thatcher Luquer established Army Day.

Army Day was first celebrated on May 1, 1928. That date was chosen in hopes of dampening Communists' celebration of Workers' Day, which also occurs on May 1. But, starting in 1929, Army Day was changed to April 6, the anniversary date of the United States' entry into World War I.

Army Day was established as a nationwide observance to draw public attention to national defense and to acquaint the public with Army activities. In addition, the day was used to stress the need for military preparedness, which the nation had lacked as it entered earlier major conflicts.

"The failure to make adequate preparation for the inevitable struggle, the consequent suffering from disease and death entailed upon the armies which were hastily raised, the prolongation of the conflict far beyond the time which sufficient and equipped forces would have required for victory and the heavy costs of reconstruction" were caused by the lack of preparation of the nation.

On April 4, 1936, President Roosevelt issued a proclamation that Army Day be recognized by Congress as April 6 and observed nationwide. On March 1, 1937, Congress passed Resolution #5-75 which officially recognized Army Day. Army Day was last observed nationally on April 6, 1949.

Source: Info station: H. Bohne

In other news

• A new date to remember: By presidential order, June 28 each year will be designated Veterans' Widows and Widowers Appreciation Day. Colorado will be the first state to declare this as a statewide event. A special tribute will include signing documents March 17 at the state capitol.

• 100-percent Disabled Veteran Property Exemption: Currently there are about 1,700 veterans enrolled in this program, a few hundred less than projected when the program began. There are three bills before the legislature that might change some of the requirements. Watch for more information by the legislative session's end.

• Fitzsimmons Clinic: The CBOC has moved from the Fitzsimmons site to Mississippi and Uvalde in Aurora. The address is 13011 E. Mississippi. This is just off I-225 and easily accessible.

• Board of Veterans Appeals: The Board will be in Denver in April to hold hearings. Eighty to 90 hearings are scheduled.

• Vietnam Wall: A three-quarter-size version of the wall will be in Denver from July 18 to 20, 2008. It will be at Crist Mortuary and Mountain View Cemetery, 3016 Kalima Ave., Boulder. To volunteer to support the event, call 303-563-2117.

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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