Veterans Hotline: Honor flight open to World War II veterans

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Ed Wilkinson

I heard a rumor that the Western Slope Honor Flight was going to take Korean War veterans on its trip to Washington, D.C.

This is not true.

Maybe sometime in the future this will happen, but the flight going out May 4 and 5 is full and there is a waiting list for the next flight.

World War II veterans are still the only ones eligible.

Hopefully there will be more flights, but the cost of the airplane is $85,000 and the coordinators are struggling to raise money for more flights in the future.

Grant could fund new van for veterans

Remember, if you have an appointment at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Grand Junction, you can call me and I will have a driver take you down and bring you back.

I have applied for a grant to get a newer vehicle, so hopefully sometime in May or June we will have a van for veterans with lower mileage.

Awareness month for disabled veterans

The Mountain States chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America is celebrating its 2011 Awareness Month.

There will be an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 11 at 12200 E. Iliff Ave., Suite 107, in Aurora.

This is an opportunity to meet the many paralyzed veterans who live within our communities.

Although it’s not in Craig, if anyone is in Aurora at the time, I’m sure your attendance will be appreciated.

There are activities taking place all month, and if anyone is interested or needs more information, call (800) 833-9400.

Veterans Guide contains useful information

I have copies of the Western Slope Veterans Guide available in my office for anyone interested.

This is a newspaper published by the Grand Junction Free Press, and it’s full of useful information about veterans.

The newspaper covers topics on veteran programs for women, veteran health administration, veteran benefits, area resources and many other articles of interest.

The article “Getting Started” is useful as a guide defining who qualifies as a veteran, veteran eligibility, branches of the VA, and how to request your DD-214 and many other items.

Updates on my schedule

Although I haven’t written the hotline column for a while, I am still here at the office from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

I will be gone May 2 through 6 for a training in Denver. The van will not be available for that week, so if you have an appointment at the VA hospital, Grey Eyecare or St. Mary’s, you’ll have to provide your own transportation.

For information

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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