Ed WIlkinson: Congressman works for vets to receive timely treatment

U.S. Rep. Harry E. Mitchell, D-Ariz., recently spoke out for ways the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs could provide more timely medical treatment.

Mitchell, chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, said Congress came part of the way when it provided funding for 4,000 new VA claims processors.

Now, it needs to provide those processors with consistent, high-quality training and a forum to share best practices, he said.

Mitchell also pledged to continue to work to ensure VA claims are processed in a timely manner.

"After all the sacrifices they (veterans) have made for our country, they deserve better," he said. "They have earned it."

Historical/Veteran national dates:

• July 29,1958: NASA was created.

• July 30, 1945: The U.S.S. Indianapolis was sunk by Japanese submarine, but not before it delivered key components for the assembly of an atom bomb. Of the 1,196 sailors aboard, 317 survived and fought off sharks until they were rescued.

Craig Telehealth Clinic reminder for veterans

The Craig Community Telehealth Clinic offers veterans state-of-the-art technology, as well as on-site nursing support and remote practitioner availability.

Its goal is to provide an extensive array of health care services to our veterans in a setting that is accessible and professional.

In order to appropriately plan and coordinate patient visits, access to the clinic is by appointment only.

The clinic cannot handle emergency needs.

Flu shot walk-ins still are available for veterans enrolled in the VAMC Healthcare system.

For more information, call 824-6721.

Tele-psych services now available at clinic

Veterans can now get tele-pysch services at the Craig Community Telehealth clinic.

Patients can call 970-263-2824 to set up a follow-up appointment for any mental health visits.

For more information, contact Jayne Scribner at VAMC Grand Junction via phone or e-mail. Her e-mail address is Jayne.Scribner@va.gov.

For more information on benefits or services

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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