Veterans Hotline: Parade, activities highlight VFW’s Fourth of July offerings

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Ed Wilkinson

There will be a Fourth of July parade at noon Monday starting at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way. Lineup begins at 11 a.m.

Feel free to call Johnny Garcia at 629-3345 for information.

The theme for the parade is red, white and blue, and anyone who wishes to enter the parade is more than welcome. All are welcome to walk, or ride anything that moves.

After the parade, there will be free hot dogs and hamburgers in Craig City Park behind the VFW.

There will be an egg toss, three-legged races, a penny pit, balloon stomp, bouncey house and other activities for children of all ages.

Here’s wishing everyone a happy Fourth of July weekend, and please remember why we celebrate this holiday.

Forms key to receiving benefits

I have many folders in my desk waiting for forms to be filled out and returned. Some of these date back to March 2009.

If you’re a veteran who needs to finish your form, please do so or contact me and I will be happy to help you out.

The sooner these forms are turned in, the sooner your benefits will start.

Nursing home rates outlined

The new rates for state nursing homes for 2012 are as follows:

• State nursing homes — $95.82

• State domiciliary — $39.90

• State adult day health care — $75.40

These rates are to be used for care that will be provided from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2012.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs prevailing rates for service-connected veterans could be released in

September.

Van service available

I will be gone the week of July 11 through 14. The veterans’ van will still be going to Grand Junction that week, so if you have an appointment, please let me know soon so I can get a driver for you.

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. Monday through Thursday. Other times can be arranged by appointment.

Bring a copy of your separation papers (DD-214) for application for VA programs and for filing at our office.

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