Bill Harding: Display flag to remember those who died Sept. 11

Patriot's Day

In order to remember all those who perished on Sept. 11, 2001, next Thursday, an American flag should be displayed outside every home, apartment, office, and store in the United States. Every individual should make it their duty to display an American flag on the seventh anniversary of one of our country's worst tragedies. We do this to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, friends and loved ones who continue to endure the pain, and those who today are fighting at home and abroad to preserve our cherished freedoms.

In the days, weeks and months following what we refer to as 9/11, our country was bathed in American flags as citizens mourned the incredible losses and stood shoulder-to-shoulder against terrorism. Sadly, those flags have all but disappeared. Our patriotism pulled us through some tough times, and it shouldn't take another attack to galvanize us in solidarity. Our American flag is the fabric of our country and together we can prevail over terrorism of all kinds.

Action Plan: So, here's what you need to do: Fly an American flag of any size on 9/11. Honestly, all Americans should fly the flag year-round, but if you don't, then at least make it a priority on this day. Secondly stop and remember we still are at war with our young men and women facing danger around the world protecting a free world from radical terrorists who don't care who they martyr for their cause.

Thank you for your participation. God bless you, and God Bless America!

September 19 is POW/MIA Recognition Day

Observances of National POW/MIA Recognition Day are held across the country on military installations, ships at sea, state capitols, schools and veterans' facilities.

This observance is one of six days throughout the year that Congress has mandated the flying of the National League of Families' POW/MIA flag. The others are Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day.

The flag is to be flown at major military installations, national cemeteries, all post offices, VA medical facilities, the World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the official offices of the secretaries of state, defense and veterans affairs, the director of the selective service system and the White House.

Source for DD214's

in Colorado

The Colorado Division of Military & Veterans Affairs (CDMVA) sent all CVSO's an e-mail last week stating that the Division has DD-214's for many Colorado Veterans at their office in Denver. Their DD-214 files go back to 1980 and are filed by year of separation, then alphabetically. They say that if the Vet's mailing addresses, after separation, was/is Colorado, we should have a copy on file.

If your Vet needs his/hers discharge papers the CDMVA can fax it to the nearest CVSO office or mail copies directly to the Vet.

Craig Telehealth Clinic

The Craig Telehealth Clinic will reopen for scheduled medical appointments Sept. 8 after a temporary closure this week through Sept. 5 for Labor Day weekend.

VFW Member Benefits

Discount on Dells Now Available for VFW Members

VFW and Dell Computers have joined together to offer discounted computer systems to our members and their families. You may request pricing for a custom-built system or take advantage of a variety of standard systems.

Treat yourself with discounts on notebook computers, desktops, monitors, keyboards and other accessories.

Dell provides 24-hour customer service for all of your computer needs.

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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