Ed Wilkinson: VA seeks county services feedback

The state office of the Department of Veterans Affairs is conducting a survey for veterans using a Web site.

Please visit www.dmva.state.co.us/vets, to share your opinions about this office and other offices that assist you with veterans issues.

Mark down this date

Remember that the American Legion Post 62 meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the headquarters, 1055 Moffat County Road 7.

Historical dates

• Dec. 7, 1941 — The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Three days later, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States.

• Dec. 8, 1980 — John Lennon is shot dead in New York.

• Dec. 9, 1992 — U.S. Marines stormed Mogadishu, Somalia, to restore order to the country.

• Dec. 12, 1901 — Guglielmo Marconi sends the first radio transmission across the Atlantic Ocean, disproving the theory that radio waves will not bend to the curvature of the Earth. The Morse Code signal for the letter “S” was sent more than 2,000 miles from Cornwall, England to Newfoundland, Canada.

Financial organizations offer to help veterans

Financial organizations are asking to help veterans and widows complete veterans benefit claims at no cost.

Individuals who represent the veteran and his or her family, must be accredited by the VA.

Accredited representatives have the veteran in mind and do not make money on selling services to individuals.

The VA is not interested in moving money into a nest egg for the veteran or widow’s family. The financial planners boast that they can do this, but they charge a fee. For more information, contact me and I will show you the documents. You pay taxes, and the county has employed someone to do these claims for you at no charge. Every county has a veterans service officer who will explain benefits and help you fill out forms.

Another rule states that a person who assists a claimant in filing a claim cannot, by law, enter into an agreement for, charge, solicit or receive a fee that is clearly unreasonable or otherwise prohibited by law or regulation.

Craig Telehealth Clinic reminder of services

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 healthcare 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 available for veterans enrolled in the VAMC Healthcare system. Call 824-6721.

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