Veterans Hotline: Telehealth clinics to get $7 million

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Ed Wilkinson

More veterans should be able to receive better medical care soon.

The Veterans Affairs Rocky Mountain Network will receive $7,320,523 for its Telehealth Outreach Clinic expansion initiative.

This proposal will implement ten new Primary Care Telehealth Outreach Clinics to serve an estimated 7,023 veterans in rural areas. Clinics are proposed for rural areas in Colorado, Montana, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming.

Social Security reminder

Military service members can receive expedited processing of military claims from Social Security. Benefits available through Social Security are different from those from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and require a separate application.

The expedited process is used for military service members who become disabled while on active duty military service on or after Oct. 1, 2001, regardless of where the disability occurs.

For more info, go here.

Craig Telehealth Clinic ready to serve

The Craig Community Telehealth Clinic offers U.S. veterans state of the art medical technology, as well as onsite nursing support and remote practitioner availability.

Its 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 cannot handle emergency needs.

Flu shot walk-ins still are ongoing for veterans currently enrolled in the VAMC health care system. For more information, call 824-6721.

Tele-psych services now available

Veterans now can get tele-pysch services at the Craig Telehealth Clinic. Call 970 263-2824 to set up an appointment for a mental health visit.

Call Jayne Scribner at VAMC Grand Junction at 970-242-0731, or e-mail her at Jayne.Scribner@va.gov.

Historical veteran and national dates

• July 13, 1866: Construction begins on Fort Phil Kearney to protect the Bozeman trail.

• July 15, 1964: Barry Goldwater nominated for president.

In other news

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 in Craig still is accepting donations for a veteran's honor flight in August.

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 824-3246, fax 824-7108 or 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.

Bring a copy of your separation papers (DD-214) for application for VA programs and for filing at our office.

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