Veteran's Hotline: Stop-loss bonus pay available

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Ed Wilkinson

If you qualify for stop-loss bonus, time is running out to apply.

Retroactive bonus pay for 145,000 military personnel who were forced to remain on duty beyond their original discharge date following the Sept. 11 attacks are is available.

Congress has approved back pay of $500 for each month of involuntary service.

The original expiration date was Oct. 21, but the deadline has been extended.

Congress ordered the military to dole out back pay to those affected by the policy dating to 2001.

There are some exceptions. Soldiers who accepted re-enlistment bonuses are ineligible.

You can submit your application online at www.defense.gov/stoploss. If you know of anyone who may qualify, please have them apply.

Cost-of-living act hoax

According to the Military Officers Association of Am-

erica, an e-mail has been making the rounds which claims that the new legislation will dramatically increase veterans’ disability compensation, in some cases by as much as 100 percent.

Unfortunately, H.R. 4667, the Veteran’s Compensation Cost-of-living Act of 2010, is a hoax.

The bill does exist and was recently passed by Congress, but it only authorizes the same COLA increase for VA beneficiaries that will be paid to Social Security annuitants this year, which almost certainly will be zero.

Thanks for the respect

I would like to thank all the people who watched the Homecoming parade and who stood up, placed their hand over their heart, removed their hats and/or saluted when the American flag went by.

In any parade, the American flag is supposed to precede all floats.

It was especially enjoyable to see children with their hands over their hearts.

Thank you parents and teachers who instill the patriotism in these children, for this will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Telehealth clinic moving

The Craig Telehealth Clinic will be closed from Oct. 15 to 22 to relocate to 785 Russell St. at the northwest entrance.  

The clinic will reopen Oct. 25. Flu shots will be available after that date.

Postcards will be sent to notify everyone.

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 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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