Ed Wilkinson: Denver street to be named after Navy Seal

South Santa Fe Drive in Denver will be renamed Petty Officer Danny Dietz Memorial Highway on Aug. 17 in a ceremony honoring the Navy Seal who was killed in Afghanistan in 2005 in a gun battle with Taliban forces.

Dietz and his unit were ambushed, vastly outnumbered and surrounded by Taliban fighters.

Dietz fought his way to the top of a hill to try to call for assistance. He kept firing at the enemy — even though he had been wounded several times — until he fell mortally wounded.

Dietz (Jan. 26, 1980-June 28, 2005) of Littleton, was posthumously awarded the Navy’s second highest citation for valor, the Navy Cross, on Sept. 13, 2006. He gallantly gave his life for the cause of freedom.

Vouchers available for enhanced skill-learning

Microsoft has partnered with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and the statewide network of workforce centers to distribute 12,500 training vouchers. Individuals who wish to enhance intermediate level computer skills can choose the learning path that best addresses their needs and goals.

Veterans wishing to learn and or get certification from Microsoft can contact the Colorado Workforce Center. The expiration of these vouchers is approaching, so if you are interested, call 824-3246.

Thank you to KRAI on behalf of veteran

I would like to thank KRAI for the announcement on Swap Shop about a veteran who is on a very limited income and was in need of a washer and dryer.

A kind gentleman from Hayden donated a washer and dryer, and Dave Walters and I picked up the items and delivered them to the veteran.

The kindness and generosity of the people in Northwest Colorado really makes you glad to live here.

American Legion fundraiser Saturday

The American Legion will have a booth at the Spring Expo on Saturday. The American Legion will sell raffle tickets for an AR-15 rifle. This is a fundraiser for the Legion so it can continue to serve area veterans.

Female military teams in Iraq, Afghanistan

In Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. forces are making use of all-female teams to obtain information that male forces are denied.

The Army led the way with all-female teams called Team Lioness, a group of 20 women soldiers who were able to obtain information and search Afhgan women for weapons.

The Army women are now called Chosin Female Engagement Teams. The Marine Corps now has Female Engagement Teams with 46 personnel to reach Afghan women. The females often cover their heads and shoulders with scarves to show respect for Muslim traditions.

World War II Honor Flight planned for May

If you are a World War II veteran, or you know of one, the applications for the Honor Flight this May are available in my office.

The flight is free and the veterans I have talked to said it is well worth it.

Also, if you would like to go as a caregiver, there is a fee, but it is nominal for the trip, food and lodging.

Donations can be made by organizations and individuals to defray the costs of the flight.

Craig Telehealth Clinic offers support to vets

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 healthcare 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 are still ongoing for veterans currently enrolled in the VAMC Healthcare system. Call 824-6721.

Tele-psych services now available at clinic

Veterans can get tele-pysch services at the Craig VA Telehealth clinic. Veterans should call 970-263-2824 to set up a follow-up appointment for their mental health visit to be done there. Contact Jayne Scribner at VAMC Grand Junction at Jayne.Scribner@va.gov

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 fax 970-824-7108. E-mail

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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