Veterans Hotline: VFW, Legion selling buddy poppies

Bill Harding, Veterans Hotline

Bill Harding's "Veterans Hotline" column appears in the Craig Daily Press .

— Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 and the American Legion will be outside of several major shopping outlets the next few weekends handing out buddy poppies.

The groups use the donations received to sponsor needy assistance and other relief projects during the year. This year, a large portion of the receipts are designated for the Honor Flight program out of Grand Junction to get local/regional World War II veterans back to their World War II memorial in Washington, D.C., in August.

Please support this cause generously.

Honor Flight leaves Aug. 25 for D.C.

The Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., for World War II veterans is now on schedule.

A plane has been secured and the trip leaves Aug. 25 from Grand Junction. The groups coordinating the flight and assistance for the World War II vets still are looking for and recruiting guardians to assist these older veterans in their travel.

The guardian has to pay his or her own way, and that cost is about $1,000. If interested, please contact me. Efforts to raise the funds required to offset the free trip for these "heroes" is under way. As of this week, they were still short $70,000 to cover all the costs involved to transport, house and feed these vets during their round-trip venture.

Once the vet reaches the transport point of Walker Field in Grand Junction, there is no cost to them until they return to Grand Junction to go home.

Thanks for Hometown Heroes participation

The annual picnic was a success even though turnout was small compared to previous years.

Thanks to the Craig Daily Press and its staff for sponsoring this event and to those who participated in the speeches and tribute to those who are serving our country on foreign soil right now.

The community needs to support this event every Armed Forces Day.

Property tax exemption for disabled veterans

Pending state legislation indicates that the Ref E 100 percent property tax exemption for disabled veterans will probably stay intact, even though the exemption for senior citizens will drop for a period. If you draw this benefit, make sure you thank your state representatives for continuing this program for our more seriously disabled veterans.

Memorial Day services to start at 11 a.m., 3 p.m.

Memorial Day services will take place at 11 a.m. Monday in Craig at the Craig Cemetery on Ashley Road. A service will also take place at 3 p.m. at the cemetery in Maybell.

We will be placing flags on veteran graves starting around 5 p.m. Sunday at the Craig Cemetery. We will pick up all flags around 6:30 p.m. Monday so that they are retired before sunset. VFW and American Legion post members would appreciate anyone who wishes to assist with this project to meet us at the cemetery during those times.

Grand Olde West Days parade is Saturday

The Grand Olde West Days parade is at 2 p.m. Saturday. All local veterans are urged to attend and ride the float.

Community Telehealth Clinic available to vets

The Craig Community Telehealth Clinic offers U.S. veterans state-of-the-art technology, as well as onsite nursing support and remote practitioner availability. Our goal is to provide an extensive array of healthcare services to our 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 are ongoing for vets enrolled in the VAMC health care system. Call 824-6721 with questions.

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, contact Jayne Scribner at VAMC Grand Junction. Her e-mail address is Jayne.Scribner@va.gov.

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