Bill Harding, Veterans Service Officer

Bill Harding, Veterans Service Officer

Bill Harding: Senior dinners continue at VFW

There will be a senior citizen dinner Saturday at the VFW Post (scalloped potatoes and ham) and on Dec. 6. The VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary regret the confusion regarding the monthly senior dinner program this past week. The VFW & Auxiliary are committed to this program. Recent changes in the operation of the restaurant, which is open to the public, and the use of the same kitchen facilities for the auxiliary's preparation for their dinners for the community have created issues within the organization. While working toward compromises/changes to provide for both, news releases, printed and radio, were distributed prematurely. Both organizations sincerely regret this. The VFW and the auxiliary are committed to the program to provide the senior citizen dinner and are working on all issues ... space and hours of operation, another site or whatever it takes ... to provide this service to the senior members of this community. Things may not run smoothly internally, but the program set up by the auxiliary will continue, no matter the efforts to make it happen. If there are issues, from members or the public, they should be addressed through the duly appointed VFW house committee and not via the restaurant manager, cooks or staff, nor public media.

Veterans Day observations in Craig

Memorial services honoring Veterans Day will be held at the Moffat County high school at 11:15 a.m. Nov. 11. Joint VFW and American Legion members will perform the 21-gun salute at the flagpole alongside the main entrance.

VAMC changes process for enrollment forms

To enroll in the VA health care system requires completion of the VA form 10-10EZ. The only accepted version is the March 2008 version. All former revisions are now obsolete and may not be accepted by the VA when submitted. Se your nearest VSO office to get the current forms. All annual Means Tests (form 10-10EZR) also are updated to this March 2008 revision, as well.

VFW not holding a Veterans Day dinner

The Craig VFW is not hosting a Veterans Day dinner this year. They have decided to celebrate this year's remembrance by aligning with the scheduled events sponsored by the VFW Post 4264 in Steamboat Springs.

Local veterans to host a poppies drive

Watch for veterans from the VFW at City Market, Safeway and Wal-Mart during the Veterans Day weekend. Members of the Posts will be handing out poppies the second week of November.

Craig VA Telehealth Clinic veteran flu shots

Flu shot walk-ins are ongoing at the Craig VA Telehealth Clinic. Call or stop in and meet the new RN, April Branstetter.

America's Heroes at Work Web launches

Initiative aids employment of veterans with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a new online resource to help employers in their employment of veterans with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, two increasingly common battlefield conditions. The new America's Heroes at Work Web site (www.AmericasHeroesAtWork.gov) provides information about TBI and PTSD as well as tools and guidance on how to implement workplace accommodations and other services that benefit affected individuals. In addition, the Web site includes the toll-free phone number of the Job Accommodation Network, which employers can call to receive personal assistance relating to job accommodations for veterans with disabilities.

"This America's Heroes at Work initiative focuses on the employment challenges of returning service members who are living with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder," Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao said. "One of the best ways we can help these courageous men and women and honor their sacrifice is to help them return to full, productive lives through work. Employment can also play a role in their recovery."

Chao unveiled the initiative at the National Press Club, along with a number of federal and private partners including: representatives from the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs and the Society for Human Resource Management.

Although their injuries may not be visible, people with TBI or PTSD may face some difficulties, especially with respect to employment. In many cases, a few reasonable workplace supports can help resolve these issues. Through America's Heroes at Work, employers can leverage a variety of promising practices, such as job coaching and mentoring programs to create a positive, successful workplace experience for disabled veterans and non-veteran employees, such as first responders, who have experienced traumatic events. America's Heroes at Work is managed jointly by the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and Veterans' Employment and Training Service, in collaboration with other federal agencies engaged in TBI and PTSD programs, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Education, and the Social Security Administration.

For information about 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. E-mail 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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