Ed Wilkinson: Anheuser-Busch offers perk for veterans

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“Here’s to the Heroes” is a program that provides free admission to five of seven Anheuser-Busch theme parks in 2010 for any active duty, active reserve, National Guardsman or ready reserve service member representing any of the five service branches, and as many as three of his or her direct dependents.

Register online at www.hero

salute.com, or in the entrance plaza of a participating park, and show a Department of Defense photo ID.

Each pass is valid for a one-day, per person, per year visit to Anheuser-Busch theme park brands.

Payments coming to ‘Stop Loss’ participants

After an initial delay caused by software and manpower issues, the first retroactive payments will be issued to soldiers who were retained on active duty involuntarily under the “Stop Loss” program.

Cold weather safety tips

• Dress in layers.

• Try to stay dry.

• Protect the skin from wind chill.

• Wear sunscreen to protect the body from sunburn from direct light off snow.

• Wear goggles or sunglasses to protect from snow blindness.

• Stay hydrated and eat to maintain energy.

Historical veteran/national dates

• Dec. 28, 1895 — First commercial movie was screened and admission was charged to see short clips of various subjects.

• Dec. 29, 1890 — U.S. Army massacres Indians at Wounded Knee, S.D.

• Dec. 31, 1999 — Control of Panama Canal turned over to Panamanians.

• Jan. 1, 1959 — Cuban dictator Batista falls from power and flees country.

Craig Community Telehealth Clinic

The Craig Community Telehealth Clinic offers U.S. veterans state-of-the-art technology as well as onsite 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 still ongoing for veterans enrolled in the VAMC Healthcare system. Call 824-6721 with questions.

Tele-psych services 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 address is Jayne.Scribner@va.gov

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 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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