Veteran's Hotline: At the end of the day, we're all one nation

May is designated as National Military Appreciation Month, and is an important month for those who serve.

It is a positive way to recognize the men and women in all branches of the military: active duty, National Guard & Reserves, veterans, retirees and their family members. Their family members serve, too, and make many sacrifices.

Those who serve in the United States military services represent the highest caliber of professionalism and loyalty.

We ask them willingly to risk their lives. May is the month to applaud them for their contributions and sacrifices.

Let us remember all those who serve, past and present.

May 1 marked Loyalty Day, May 7 was Military Spouse Appreciation Day and May 8 was Victory in Europe Day. Also, May 15 marked Armed Forces Day.

We have one more day for the month, Memorial Day on May 31.

The next time you see a service member, whether it is a holiday or not, thank him or her for their service.

It means a great deal to them.

We live in the greatest country in the world. Americans may have different points of view, but at the end of the day, we are one nation.

Memorial Day services will start at 11 a.m. May 31 at the Craig Cemetery. Please plan to attend to help remember all the deceased veterans buried there, and to acknowledge the deceased veterans buried elsewhere in Moffat County.

Veteran groups need help running bingo

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 and the American Legion Post 62 really need people to help with their bingo games. The only requirement is that you are a member of either organization.

If you are interested, call VFW Commander Mark Wick at 326-6998 or the American Legion’s Mel Shockley at 824-3625.

VFW, American Legion meeting reminder

Remember, the VFW meets at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of every month at the VFW headquarters, 419 E. Victory Way. There are many members who are in arrears for their yearly dues. Please renew your membership as this money goes to help all veterans.

Also, the American Legion meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the legion hall, 1055 Moffat County Road 7.

Come out to the hall and see the new renovations. Improvements were made to the kitchen, ladies room, and storage room.

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 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 on-going for veterans currently enrolled in the VAMC Healthcare system. Questions? Call 824-6721.

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 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 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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