Veteran's Hotline: Veterans' groups considering new procedure to welcome back soldiers

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 and American Legion Post 62 will host an open meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the VFW post, 419 E. Victory Way.

The meeting agenda will cover a new procedure to welcome home veterans. This is new, so all suggestions will be considered.

Please attend and provide your input to honor people coming home.

If anyone knows of a veteran coming home from active duty, contact me, or any VFW member, so we can give the veteran a hero's welcome.

We have a veteran coming home Aug. 15. Her name is Kathy Weiher, and she is in the Army. She will be returning from Iraq.

I will post more information as it comes in, such as the time of arrival at Yampa Valley Regional Airport and ceremonies that will follow.

Veterans clinic needs more patients

The Craig Community Telehealth Clinic still needs more veterans to use the facility. The more use, the more funding, which will provide more services.

Remember, even if you have an appointment at VAMC, you can have blood drawn here in Craig so you do not have to be there two hours before your appointment.

Last year, there were 1,600 visits to the Telehealth Clinic, resulting in saving 480,000 miles of driving to Grand Junction, not to mention the gasoline consumed.

The Telehealth Clinic offers U.S. veterans state-of-the-art technology as well as onsite nursing support and remote practitioner availability. The goal is to provide an extensive array of health care services to veterans in a setting that is both accessible and professional. To appropriately plan and coordinate your visit, access to the clinic is by appointment only. The clinic will not handle emergency needs. Flu shot walk-ins are still ongoing for vets currently enrolled in the VAMC health care system. Questions? Call 824-6721.

Tele-psych services now available

Veterans can now get tele-pysch services at the Craig VA Telehealth clinic. Call 970-263-2824 to set up a follow-up appointment for a mental health visit. Contact Jayne Scribner with questions at VAMC Grand Junction or e-mail Jayne.Scribner@va.gov

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 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.

Historical veteran/national dates:

• Aug. 1,1959 - Batista falls from power. Castro takes over.

• Aug. 2, 1990 - Iraq invades Kuwait to start first Gulf War

• Aug. 3, 1958 - U.S.S. Nautilus travels under North Pole

• Aug. 6, 1945 - Atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima

Comments

T066J 4 years, 8 months ago

It's been a lot of years - and we are still waiting - - - - for America to welcome us home from Vietnam!

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lonelyone 4 years, 8 months ago

T066J, it's been alot of years and you were treated badly by so many. It still upsets me to remember how you were treated, but try to forgive and forget that part and work at making sure no other soldier comes home to that kind of attitude. I'm only one person and it might be too little too late, but, I thank your for your service and want to welcome you home.

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T066J 4 years, 8 months ago

Lonelyone, thank you - that was a very nice comment. Yes, you are but just one person - - but remember, one person can start an avalanche.

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Blondi 4 years, 8 months ago

With my deepest and most humble apologies, I too would like to say WELCOME HOME T066J! There have been far too many sacrifices made then and now and there will never be enough thanks to let you all know how much you are appreciated. My brother came home on leave from VN and was detained and got into trouble on a flight into California. Why? He was wearing sunglasses while dressed in f ull uniform. Totally absurd! We are lucky he got to come home. I'm glad you got to come home. My heart hurts for those who paid the ultimate price and for what? For us. . . and yet we forget the simple little things like "Welcome back" or a big smile if we see you on the street.

Thank you for all you did.

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T066J 4 years, 8 months ago

Blondi, thank you for your comment. I hope your brother made it back for good and not just on leave for a while. Yes, the military did some crazy things during that era (no sunglasses in uniform included) and it often made you wonder exactly who we were fighting - - them or us! Again, thank you.

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