Bill Harding: Memorial service for Tayyara is Saturday

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A memorial service for Saed Tayyara Memorial services for Saed will be held at the Calvary Baptist Church at noon Saturday. One of Saed's last requests was for a large U.S. veterans presence at this event. I am asking for all veterans who can attend to do so and, if possible, wear your military service, vet organization uniform or at least the cap. Unfortunately, most of the active VFW members, including this VSO, will be attending the VFW District meeting in Steamboat Springs, which had been scheduled for months. I need the rest of the veteran community to step forward and honor Saed's support of the veteran assist program, the VSO position/officer and funding the vet transport system to VA healthcare facilities.

Dates to remember

Dec. 7: Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. The U.S. flag should be flown at half-staff, from sunrise to sunset.

Dec. 8: War declared on Japan (1941)

Dec. 10: Treaty of Paris signed ending Spanish-American war (1898)

Dec. 11: Germany & Italy declare war on the US (1941)

Dec. 13: Saddam Hussein captured (2003)

Dec. 15: Bill of Rights day

Dec. 16: Germans launch Battle of Bulge offensive

VFW Christmas party

VFW Post 4265 and its Ladies Auxiliary are hosting their annual Christmas party for VFW Post members and their spouses, and the members of the Auxiliary and their guests.

Activities will begin at 6 p.m. at the Post HQ's, 419 E. Victory Way.

Meat, non-alcoholic beverages and table service will be provided. Members and their guests are asked to bring potluck items such as vegetable dishes, salads and desserts or Christmas treats. There will be a gift exchange ($5 to $10 limit per gift) labeled as a men's or women's gift. There will be an open bar. All members and widows of past members are encouraged to attend. Transportation can be provided. Please call the Post at 824-7145.

Recovering troops mail

Great idea: While addressing your Christmas cards this year, take one and send it to this address: A Recovering American Soldier, c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 6900 Georgia Avenue, NW Washington, D.C., 20307-5001.

Sending mail to troops

The U.S. Postal Service recommends doing it soon. All holiday mail for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan should be mailed by today to arrive before Christmas. The USPS is running a brief on page 5 of the Daily Press today explaining their services and deadlines. Read them and comply so that our young service men and women know that public support still exists for their sacrifices on our behalf.

Post 62 Christmas raffle

American Legion Post 62 is running a Christmas raffle for a 42-inch Sanyo HD TV set. Tickets can be obtained from any member or the Post. Call 824-3625. The drawing will be held Dec. 20 at the bingo session at the Elk's Club. The winner does not need to be present. Ticket sales have been limited to 750 for this raffle.

Washington, D.C., trip

We still are looking for WWII veterans to go to Washington, D.C., this spring. We also are looking for sponsors to help defray the costs of this program out of Grand Junction's airport. If you have questions or need an application, contact my office Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Veteran flu shots

Flu shot walk-ins are at the Craig VA Telehealth Clinic. Call or stop in and visit with the new RN, April Branstetter and Robbie Fentress. Vets must currently be enrolled in the VAMC healthcare system in order to get these shots. Call 824-6721.

For information about these programs or other veterans' benefits, call or stop in the Moffat County VSO office at 480 Barclay St. Call 970-824-3246 or 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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