Bill Harding: Come honor service members at Hometown Heroes

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— The community is invited to come honor area servicemen and women at the annual Hometown Heroes on Armed Forces Day, which is Saturday.

The event goes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at City Park.

The Craig Daily Press organizes and sponsors this event with other service groups and volunteers assisting in the program, food donations and setup.

This year, there will be a returning Operation Iraqi Freedom soldier and several Moffat High School students who wrote essays on the Moving Wall as the main speakers.

Local talent will sing the National Anthem. The event is open to the public. Look for the full-page ads that have been published in the paper these past few weeks.

Colorado Board of Vet Affairs

The CBVA met with local veterans Tuesday evening at American Legion Post 62, and then held its board meeting at the VFW Post 4265 on Wednesday. After their business meeting, the board members then toured the Northwest Colorado Telehealth Clinic in Craig.

Operation Recognition

All veterans who didn't get their high school diploma because they went off to war, whether WWII, Korea or Vietnam, are entitled to receive a high school diploma through project Operation Recognition.

There will be one veteran, Dennis Collins, receiving his degree at Moffat County High School. Dennis will walk with the graduating class of 2008.

Veterans do not have to walk with a class and can receive their diploma at a School Board meeting or get it from the high school principal. If you wish to get that diploma contact me for the application form.

Moffat County High School awards night

Students receiving honors for academia or sports will be honored at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Moffat County High School. Scholarship winners and special honors will be recognized. The Vietnam Moving Wall scholarship will be presented there, as well.

Travel reimbursement

Those veterans entitled to VA travel reimbursement when they go to the VAMC Grand Junction also are eligible for travel reimbursement if they are coming to the Craig Telehealth clinic.

They must reside more than 25 miles from the facility and submit a request for reimbursement with the staff at the clinic. The reimbursement will be mailed from the transportation division at the VAMC-GJ. The new reimbursement rate is $0.285/mile based on the VAMC mileage distance.

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.

Comments

mississippisaint 6 years, 7 months ago

I REALLY HOPE SOME PEOPLE ATTTEND THIS!!! with all the fighting about groundhogs, alcohol, and presidentual nominees i believe it is a great time to think of those who are in the trenches so that we can argue bout them....

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grannyrett 6 years, 7 months ago

mississippisaint---I certainly hope that you won't attend the picnic to honor our vets for the sole purpose of arguing. No matter your opinion on this war, this is not the place to voice opposition to it. This is to honor our vets and thank them for the sacrifices they have made and the freedoms we have that they are willing to die for.

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Taxpayer 6 years, 7 months ago

Thanks to our Veterans, we can all express our views. I am so proud of those who have always been ready to give their all to make sure we have our rights as Americans. And I will always defend your right to express your views, even if I don't always agree with you. God Bless our Veterans!

Patricia McCaffrey

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mississippisaint 6 years, 7 months ago

Grannyrett, i apologize if i came across wrong, i meant i hope we all can put aside our differences in order to honor what these people do and have done for us, no matter our stand on anything, just simple support for those who sacrifice so very much

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grannyrett 6 years, 7 months ago

mississippisaint-sorry if I took it wrong. These are the greatest guys in the world, and we all owe them a big thanks. God bless them all.

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