Bill Harding, Veterans Service Officer

Bill Harding, Veterans Service Officer

Veterans Hotline: Tele-psych services now available to vets

— The Craig VA Telehealth clinic now provides tele-pysch services.

Local veterans can call 970-263-2824 to set up a follow-up appointment for their mental health visit to be done there.

For more information, contact Jayne Scribner at Grand Junction VA Medical Center by phone at 970-242-0731 or e-mail at Jayne.Scribner@va.gov.

VFW Senior citizen dinner

The last Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 monthly senior dinner for this season will be held Saturday at the VFW.

They are having Goulash, garlic bread, cookies and ice cream. Senior dinners will start again this fall with the salad luncheon at Moffat County Fair.

Temporary Office closure

The Moffat County veterans office will be closed May 5 through 8 as the Colorado Division of Military and Veterans Affairs has scheduled their spring training.

Ed Wilkinson and I - plus Mike Condie from Routt County, Joe Dungan and Norm Hall from Rio Blanco County - will be attending. All Colorado VSO offices will be closed during this period.

All offices will reopen for normal scheduled hours Monday.

Honor Flight

The Honor Flight for World War II veterans from Grand Junction is still raising funds and looking for more guardians to travel with the older vets.

The cost for guardian participation is about $950 each.

They are having trouble finding a chartered airplane. Several aircraft were booked but the times/dates/carriers have fallen through.

I will contact all veterans that have applied when I hear something.

American Legion building drive

The American Legion Post 62 is selling building brick pins in order to purchase/repair the Shadow Mountain Post headquarters.

These pins represent a building brick and are approximately 1 inch by 1/4 inch in size. Members can wear them on their American Legion caps or shirt, and nonmembers can wear them as a lapel or collar pin.

There are three levels of support in donation amounts of $25, $50 and $100. The $25 level is a copper pin, $50 is a silver pin and $100 merits a gold pin.

See any post member or call Mel Shockley at 824-3625 to get yours and help the American Legion obtain the building to continue the community services that their management and facilities provide our community, including senior citizens, food bank and indoor pool services to our youths and special needs patrons.

Your support can make a difference.

Social security benefits

Veterans signing up for social security benefits should take their discharge papers (DD-214).

There are potential increases in the amounts received for honorable military service and overseas assignments from what vets may have received from stateside non-military employers.

I have been approached by one vet's family, and they said it is to ensure that veterans have enough credits to draw their full benefit. If a vet's credits increase, then his or her monthly payment also can increase.

If a veteran has enough credits already, then it has automatically been taken care of.

Vets still need to check to see if their military service and pay are included in their final benefits calculations.

Hometown Heroes picnic

Hometown Heroes picnic will be held at the Craig City Park adjacent to the VFW club on May 16. Watch the advertisements in this paper for all the details. More info will follow next week.

Memorial Day services

Memorial Day services will be held in Craig at 11 a.m. May 25 at the cemetery on Ashley Road. There will be a second ceremony honoring the veterans buried in the Maybell cemetery at 3 p.m. The Maybell community is putting together the program and a veteran honor guard will attend. More info will follow.

GOWD parade

GOWD parade is scheduled for May 23.

The staging area will be at Craig Middle School's north parking lot. There will be no staging along Colorado Highway 13 (Yampa Avenue) at the Craig Police Department's and Colorado State Patrol's request.

The parade will start at 2 p.m. The lead float will be the veterans entry, and all veterans and their spouses and widows are encouraged to attend and ride the float.

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 824-3246 or use the fax at 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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