Veterans Hotline: New VA center planned for Aurora

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— A Senate subcommittee approved $119 million for a new Veterans Affairs hospital in Aurora.

The facility will have 200 beds, 30 of them inside a state-of-the-art spinal injury center to help meet the needs of the region's nearly 400,000 veterans.

When the facility opens in 2013, 92 percent of veterans will be within an hour of VA primary care and 81 percent will be within two hours of a medical center or health care center.

Remember sacrifices

After the Fourth of July, please remember why we celebrate it.

The following is an excerpt from the Military Connection newsletter:

"The next time you see a soldier, sailor, marine, airman, member of the Coast Guard, National Guard or reservist, thank them for their service to our country."

Some historical veteran/national dates to remember:

• July 5, 1950: Private Kenneth Shadrick, a 19-year-old infantryman from Skin Fork, W.V., becomes the first American reported killed in the Korean War.

• July 7, 1969: The first battalion of American troops is withdrawn from Vietnam.

• July 9, 1944: America defeats the Japanese at the Battle of Saipan and seizes control of the island.

• July 10, 1943: Allies land in Sicily.

• July 11,1995: America and Vietnam establish full diplomatic relations.

Craig Telehealth Clinic reminder

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. In order 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 still are ongoing for vets enrolled in the VAMC health care system.

For more information, 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, call 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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