Veteran's Hotline: New rules on hearing aids and eyeglasses

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Ed Wilkinson

Veterans do not have to have a military-service related disability to qualify for hearing aids and eyeglasses. The veteran only needs to qualify for care and have enough hearing loss to need hearing aids.

In most cases, a call can be made to the nurse line in Grand Junction for scheduling of a hearing test. The nurse line will put the request into the computer for the doctor to sign off on.

Eyeglasses are handled much the same way.

Remember, a service-connected disability can be hearing loss, conditions associated with Agent Orange and many other conditions or ailments. All you have to do is prove you had boots on the ground.

If you were awarded a Purple Heart, you can get free license plates.

Craig clinic waiting for more flu vaccines

The Craig Telehealth Clinic does not have any more flu vaccine. The clinic is waiting for a new shipment.

This year, the shots will be a series instead of one shot.

Staff sergeant Kathy Weiher to visit Craig

Staff Sgt. Kathy Weiher, with the U.S. Army, plans to return home from duty in Iraq at 3:45 p.m. today at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport outside of Hayden.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 in Craig plans to host a public reception to welcome her. All community members who wish to attend are welcome. A reception at the Craig VFW post, 419 East Victory Way, will follow.

For more information, call VFW Post Commander Mark Wick at 326-6998.

Historical veteran and national dates

• Aug. 14, 1945 - Emperor Hirohito announces unconditional surrender after the second atom bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. This day became known as victory over Japan (VJ) day.

Craig Telehealth Clinic reminder for veterans

The Craig Community 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 accessible and professional. To appropriately plan and coordinate your visit, access to the clinic is by appointment only. The clinic cannot handle emergency needs. Flu shot walk-ins are still on-going for veterans currently enrolled in the VAMC health care system. Questions? Call 824-6721.

Tele-psych services now are available

Veterans can now get tele-pysch services at the Craig VA Telehealth clinic. All they need to do is call 970-263-2824 to set up a follow-up appointment for their mental health visit to be done there. If there are any questions, contact Jayne Scribner at VAMC Grand Junction via phone or e-mail. Her e-mail address is Jayne.Scribner@va.gov

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 824-7108. Our e-mail address is veterans@moffatcounty.net. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. 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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