Best wishes, Dave:
Dave Newman, the Craig Telehealth Clinic registered nurse, is transferring to the Cheyenne, Wyo., Veterans Affairs Medical Center. His last day in Craig is Friday. I know he would appreciate a call or card thanking him for his services to the local veteran population. VAMC Grand Junction will be covering the clinic operations until another full-time RN is trained and stationed in Craig. This should be completed by mid-October. Therefore, all appointments will have to be scheduled through Kristine at 866-206-6415, ext. 2778. There will be limited walk-in services available.
Where are you? The Craig post has more than 200 members on its 2009 roster. More than 160 are "life members," or at least that's what is embossed on their identification card. However, when it comes to being an "active member" who attends events, meetings, funeral details, buddy poppy drives, parades, Memorial Day services, etc., there is but a few members switching hats to cover all these events. And they are burning out.
There's an old saying, "Many hands make for light work." When you mustered in as a new recruit and raised your hand at the alter table, you took an oath to serve with the comrades of the post. It was very similar to when you took the oath to serve your country, but in those days you had no choice on where you were sent or whom you served with, unless you volunteered.
If you expect "freebies" to continue, such as Hometown Heroes Huck Finn Fun Day, high school scholarships, the historical Veterans Day Prime Rib Dinner, etc., then you should be one of the comrades participating in the fundraising work that sponsors and finances these events, or at least attend the meetings to determine which projects are continued or dropped.
Of course, it's your choice and you can do what you want to do, but if you are not actively participating with your comrades in these activities, then you don't have reason to complain if you don't receive an invite to be recognized for the post's accomplishments.
American Legion raffle
American Legion Post No. 62 is sponsoring a raffle to assist their fundraising for operational costs. The raffle is for a Remington Model 700 BDL 30-06 with a variable 3-9x40 Leupold scope. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Tickets can be purchased through the post on Moffat County Road 7, or from most Legion members. This office has a few. The drawing will take place Oct. 11 at the Elk's Club during the bingo session, and you do not need to be present to win.
Breakfast at the VFW
The VFW Steakhouse opened for breakfast Sept. 16. They intend to remain open for early morning, 5 a.m., breakfast service during the major hunting seasons, but then open after 6 a.m. for post hunting season operations. If this trial proves successful, the VFW may approve year-round operation as a breakfast, lunch and dinner facility in Craig.
The Moffat County Veterans Service Office will be closed Oct. 2 to 7 as I will be out of the state attending a family wedding.
Historical veteran/national dates:
• Oct. 7 - War on terrorism began in 2001; Operation Enduring Freedom
• Oct. 12 - Columbus Day (observed Monday the 13th)
• Oct. 13 - U.S. Navy established in 1775
• Oct. 16 - National Boss Day
• Oct. 24 - United Nations Day (established in 1948
• Oct. 27 - Navy Day
• Oct. 31
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.