Bill Harding: Colorado State Board of Veteran's Affairs meeting in Craig


— The Colorado State Board of Veterans Affairs is May 13 and 14 in Craig.

There is an open meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 13 at American Legion Post 62 on Moffat County Road 7. Light refreshments will be provided. The meeting is for area vets to meet the members of the committee and share their concerns.

At 9 a.m. May 14, the committee will hold its May business meeting at the Veterans of Foreign War Post 4265 facility, and then tour the Northwest Colorado Telehealth clinic after the meeting. This formal meeting is open to the public to observe their activities, but comments are limited to the approved agenda.

The board has seven members, who come from across the state and are appointed by the governor. They meet monthly to address issues and programs of service to Colorado veterans and their families.

In addition, CBVA members frequently are in contact with one another between meetings. Each member maintains contact with various state service organizations, a variety of agencies within the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs and other Colorado Agencies. Several board members have been and are very active in the legislative process at the capitol.

The CBVA also administrates the Veterans Trust Fund - dollars from the Tobacco Fund. In 2007, the board distributed $540,025 in grant funds. As part of its May meeting, the board will begin reviewing 45 grant proposals totaling more than $1 million.

All veterans are encouraged to attend the reception at the Craig American Legion Post 62 on May 13 to meet the board members and find out what this board is doing in 2008 to help promote veterans issues.

Vietnam Moving Wall scholarship

Members of the VFW Post 4265 and its Ladies Auxiliary and members of American Legion Post 62 and its auxiliary read and listened to the high school essay semi-finalists for the Vietnam Moving Wall scholarship earlier this week.

Those finalists were Andrew Aultman, Katryna Snowden and Gavin Thompson.

With their oral presentations, the members present selected their choice for the finalist, using a scale of 5 to 20 points, for their presentation. The points to consider were for the writer's appreciation for:

1) Emotional impact

2) Historical significance

3) the patriotic appeal of the memorial

4) the sacrifices made by the servicemen and women.

The fifth category is points assigned for the oral rating of the overall impact of this essay if it were to be presented at the local Memorial Day cemetery services as the keynote address.

The selected winner was Gavin Thompson, the first runner up Katryna Snowden and second runner up was Andrew Aultman.

Bingo sessions this week canceled

Both the American Legion and Elk's Club bingo sessions this week have been canceled. Both organizations have events that require members that normally run Bingo to attend. Save your money for next week. They are sorry for these scheduling conflicts.

Upcoming veteran events for May

Here is a list of known dates and events that will require veteran organization(s) participation in May. There may be more requests - i.e. funerals and special requests not received at this time.

May 6 to 9: CVSO training in Denver affecting the Routt, Rio Blanco and Moffat VSO's

May 10: VFW District No. 9 meeting in Craig

May 13 to 14: Colorado State Board of Vet Affairs

May 20: MoCo High School Awards Night - scholarship presented

May 25: Craig Cemetery gravesite veteran flag placement

May 26: Memorial Day services at the Craig Cemetery and Maybell Cemetery Gravestone flag recovery prior to sunset

For information on these programs and/or other veterans' benefits, stop in the VSO office at 480 Barclay St. Call 970-824-3246 or use the fax 970-824-7108. Our e-mail address is

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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