Veterans Hotline: Veteran flu shots still available

The Craig Telehealth Clinic sent out postcards reminding veterans to get their flu shots. Unfortunately, the cards came out late.

However, the clinic is giving flu shots on a walk-in basis, and the shots still are available.

VA bolstering programs

To strengthen programs offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the survivors of the nation's veterans and military personnel, the VA has staffed an office to serve as its advocate, with a charter that includes creating or modifying programs, benefits and services.

The office serves as the primary adviser to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki on issues affecting survivors and dependents of deceased veterans and service members.

VA benefits for eligible survivors include educational assistance, home loan guarantees, health care insurance, dependency and indemnity compensation and a monthly payment to the survivors of those who died on active duty and those who are seriously disabled veterans.

Historical veteran/national dates:

Sept 27, 1964 - After a 10-month investigation, the Warren Commission reports Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Oct. 1, 1908 - Ford Motor Co. introduces the Model T Ford to the market. After 20 attempts to manufacture a reliable, affordable vehicle, the Model T was produced. The "T" stood as the 20th letter in the alphabet.

Craig Telehealth Clinic reminder

The Craig Community Telehealth Clinic offers U.S. veterans state-of-the-art technology as well as on-site 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 both 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 still are on-going for veterans enrolled in the VAMC Healthcare system. If you have questions, call 824-6721.

Tele-psych services now available

Veterans can now get tele-pysch services at the Craig VA Telehealth clinic by calling 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 via phone or e-mail Jayne.Scribner@va.gov.

For information on these programs and/or other veterans' benefits, call or stop in the Moffat County VSO office, 480 Barclay St., west of the Bank of Colorado parking lot.

Call 970-824-3246 or fax at 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. Mondays through Thursdays. 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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