Veterans Hotline: An assistance group comes ‘Out of the Shadows’

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Ed Wilkinson

There is a new organization starting up called “Out of the Shadows.”

It involves veterans helping veterans.

Anyone that has been to war has probably changed, and this is a group designed specifically to show that veterans can help other veterans overcome their difficulties.

You can share your experiences, good or bad, with your fellow warriors, and learn new ways to approach old problems in the safety of fellowship.

For more information, call Bob Mullen at (970) 879-6294 or (970) 846-5410.

Do not give info to Veterans Affairs Services

Be aware: An organization called Veterans Affairs Services is providing benefit and general information on the VA and gathering personal information on veterans.

This organization is not affiliated with the VA in any way.

Veterans Affairs Services may be gaining access to military personnel through their close resemblance to the VA name and seal.

Our legal counsel has requested that we coordinate with the Department of Defense to inform military installations, particularly mobilization sites, of this group and their lack of affiliation or endorsement by the VA to provide any services.

If you are contacted by this organization, do not give them any information and please contact me so I can pass it on to a higher authority.

A memorable quote

Here’s a good quote from George Orwell: “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence in their behalf.”

Honoring loved ones in the service

The Service Flag of the United States, (sometimes referred to as “the Blue Star banner”), has been hanging in windows all across the United States since World War I.

The designer of the flag was Robert L. Queisser, who had two sons serving in World War I.

The flag is small, white and has a red border. The star in the center is blue indicating the family has a loved one serving in the military. If the star in the center is gold, it indicates the family has lost a loved one in a military conflict.

So, if you see a flag hanging in a window around town, please acknowledge the fact that the family has a loved one in the military.

Pray for the troops

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Please say a prayer for all our troops, whether they’re in harms way or not.

For information on these programs and/or other veterans’ benefits, call or stop in the Moffat County Veterans Service Office at 480 Barclay St., west of the Bank of Colorado parking lot.

Call 824-3246 or use the fax at 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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