Veterans Hotline: Academy women to be 1st submariners

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Ed Wilkinson

Female sailors will began serving on submarines by the end of next year, with Naval Academy graduates leading the way.

The SSBN ballistic missile and the SSGN guided missile submarines do not need modification to accommodate female sailors.

The Navy changed its policy in 1993 to allow women to serve on combat ships.

VA to study female Vietnam veterans

On Nov. 18, 2009, the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs announced the launch of a comprehensive study on Vietnam-era female veterans.

The study will assess female veterans who may have had direct or indirect exposure to trauma. From the assessment, researchers are hoping to answer how many women developed post-traumatic stress disorder or depression after their service.

In addition, the VA would like to determine how many still are coping with those conditions and whether those conditions are prevalent among those who served.

The VA will contact approximately 10,000 women who served in the U.S. military during the Vietnam-era for participation in a mailed survey, telephone interview, and a review of medical records. The overall results of the study will help VA providers to understand the health service needs of this age group of women and future generations of women veterans.

Presumption of service connection for diseases

On March 18, 2010, the VA published a proposed regulation in the Federal Register to establish a presumption of service connection for nine diseases.

This action is necessary to implement the decision of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs that there is a positive association between service in the Southwest Asia theater of operations and Afghanistan during certain periods and the subsequent development of the several infectious diseases.

For more detailed information about these diseases, stop by my office, and I will give you a copy of this bulletin.

Names needed for Memorial Day

If you know about any veteran buried in another cemetery, or buried anywhere in Moffat County, please contact me and I will be sure that the name is read on Memorial Day.

Honor Flight open to WWII veterans

The Honor Flight still has openings for World War II veterans who wish to go to Washington, D.C. Remember, the flight is free and the trip is scheduled for May 4.

Historical/national dates to remember

• March 29, 1945 — Gen. Patton takes Frankfurt

• March 29, 1973 — U.S. withdraws from Vietnam

• March 30, 1981 — President Ronald Reagan shot

• April 1, 1945 — U.S. troops land on Okinawa

• April 3, 1942 — Japanese launch major offensive against Bataan

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 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 are ongoing for veterans enrolled in the VAMC Healthcare system. Call 824-6721 with questions.

Tele-psych services now 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 via phone or e-mail.

Her e-mail a tddress is Jayne.Scribner@va.gov.

For information about 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 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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