Ed Wilkinson: Donations to troops accepted at several locales

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Congratulations to Trish Johnson for winning the rifle from the American Legion Post 62 raffle.

The Legion’s annual Christ­mas party will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the post headquarters, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. It will include a potluck supper with a white elephant/silent auction to follow.

Donations of jerky and baked goods to send to our service members who are overseas are being accepted at Cook Chevrolet, Craig Ford, Victory Motors, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265.

Donations will be accepted until noon Friday, so the packages can be put together and sent in time for Christmas.

If you have any questions, call Cory at 326-8975.

Holiday support campaign ends Dec. 31

The Countdown For Our Heroes campaign is running now through Dec. 31, 2009.

Many of the reserves usually set aside for the holiday support already have been used for emergency grants, free phone time and other urgent support for our heroes.

The VFW is accepting donations to help defray these costs.

You can make a secure, online donation at friendsof

freedom@vfw.org.

Historical veteran/national dates:

• Dec. 3, 1967 — First successful heart transplant conducted by Dr. Christian Barnard.

• Dec. 5, 1945 — Five Navy Avenger torpedo bombers lost in Bermuda Triangle resulting in the loss of 14 men. This was supposed to be a routine 3-hour training mission. A Mariner rescue search plane, with 13 cremen aboard, was dispatched and was also lost.

Craig Telehealth Clinic reminder for veterans

The Craig Community Telehealth Clinic offers U.S. veterans state-of-the-art technology as well as on-site 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 still are on-going for veterans currently enrolled in the VAMC Healthcare system. Questions? Call 824-6721.

Tele-psych services now available at clinic

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 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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