Veterans Hotline: Veterans be warned — Veterans Affairs Services scam is back

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Ed Wilkinson

The scam is back.

An organization called Veterans Affairs Services is providing benefit and general information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, and gathering personal information on veterans.

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

Websites with the address www.vaservices, or something similar, are not part of the VA or the U.S. government.

Do not cooperate with them if approached or called, and do not offer them any information concerning yourself or data on other veterans.

Keep in mind, the real VA website ends in .gov, rather than .com or .org.

Job opportunities available for veterans

The Backcountry Trails Program and Veterans Green Corps are launching an all-veterans Backcountry Trails crew.

This project will provide work and training opportunities for veterans ages 20 to 30 returning from Iraq or Afghanistan.

The VGC and Backcountry Trails program are both dedicated to natural resource conservation, service to others and providing young adults opportunities to transition into the workforce.

The all-veteran crew will be recruited and deployed as a special unit within the long-standing and nationally recognized Backcountry Trails Program to construct and maintain trails in Sequoia National Park, Los Padres National Forest, Yosemite National Park and other California wilderness areas.

Each spring, the Backcountry Trails Program assembles crews of 15 to 17 young men and women from widely diverse backgrounds, who leave behind the conveniences and luxuries of modern life and venture into the mountains to spend five months doing some of the most challenging and ultimately rewarding work of their lives.

For more information or to apply, contact Veterans Green Corps at 2627 W. Sixth Ave., Denver, CO 80204, or visit www.veteransgreenjobs.org. The organization can also be reached at (719) 235-7030

I have all the brochures for this program, so you can come into my office and review them if you are interested.

Have fun and get paid, too.

Cottages now available

The Homelake/Monte Vista domiciliary cottages are now available for occupancy.

Renovations are completed, so if you are or know veterans and/or spouses/widows or Gold Star parents who might be interested, you may call Vickie Olson toll free at (888) 838-2687, or e-mail vickie.olson@state.co.us.

Contact 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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