Bill Harding: Post meeting has been changed

This a reminder/announcement that the American Legion Post 62 meeting, which normally is the third Tuesday of each month, has been moved to April 22 this month because of scheduling issues for the building.

We need all members to attend to select the winner for the Moving Wall scholarship.

This is to let all vets whom Dick has transported during the past two years - as well as the community - know that he has been re-ospitalized for complications from a head injury.

He is scheduled to return to Craig later this week from St. Mary's. I think it would be a great gesture to send him a card either to Richard Maxson c/o St. Mary's Hospital, 2635 North Seventh St., Grand Junction, CO 81501 or to his home here in Craig at 539 Taylor St. Dick is looking at a minimum of six weeks before he can return to driving vets to their medical appointments.

Calls and prayers would be appreciated as well. I'm also looking for volunteers to assist with transporting vets until Dick can go back to work. Call me if you can assist.

Vietnam Moving Wall scholarship

A panel of high school teachers, including U.S. veterans, have picked the three semifinalists for the Vietnam Moving Wall scholarship.

I have contacted each semifinalist personally.

They will present their written essays orally at the next Craig VFW & American Legion Post meetings this month. The Legion had to change their meeting night from the April 15 to April 22 because of scheduling issues at the Shadow Mountain complex.

The VFW meets April 21, its normal meeting night. Both meetings start at 7 p.m.

The finalists and their families should arrive about 15 minutes head of that to get last-minute details.

Members of the Posts will vote for the best paper and presentation, and the finalist will the presenter receiving the most votes from the members present. I hope that all members of both Posts will make it a point to be in attendance those evenings.

Legion bingo

This is just a reminder that the bingo sessions held at the Elk's Club on Saturday are for the Legion to raise funds to continue operation of the Shadow Mountain Complex.

If you enjoy bingo and want things to continue, show up after 5 p.m. and be ready for bingo at 6:16. There now is a progressive jackpot besides all the other games and pull-tabs they have provided to this point.

Thank you

A lot of things occurred while I was gone, and I wish to acknowledge those people who stepped forward and handled things for this office.

First, I need to thank Charley Watkins and Don Dorland for stepping in to make the vet transports after the regular driver, Dick Maxson, got seriously ill. Only two vets (trips) to VAMC Grand Junction fell through; all other appointments were made as scheduled. I also wish to thank Mrs. Barbara Pughe for the donation of several U.S. flags. I will ensure that they get to organizations that need new flags for their homes or offices. I also wish to thank all those people who donated to the Moffat County United Way program and designated donations to the Moffat County veterans department. This department received more than $1,100 of designated support. THANKS!

Spring cleanup

As we start to do our spring cleanup projects around our home or offices to clean-up the debris all that white stuff covered during our prolonged snow season, one other thing we should look at, and replace if necessary, is the flag we have flown this past year. If they can't be washed and sewn again, then let's acquire a new one so that our national colors are displayed proudly not forlornly.

U.S. Postal Service flat-rate packaging

The Craig post office has a new program for flat rate package mailing. This includes APO and FPO addresses. You can send a 12-by-12-by-5.5-inch box with no weight limit for $10.95 under the New America Supports You program. This is a national Department of Defense program to help citizens support our troops serving on foreign soils and at sea. See the local post office or go to usps.com.

Colorado Tax time donations

Among all the organizations that you can make donations to from your Colorado tax refund are two veteran causes. If you wish to make a donation from your Colorado refund, I urge to support them.

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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