Veterans Hotline: A little knowledge goes a long way

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Ed Wilkinson

I recently returned from a week of training in Denver, so now I know enough to be dangerous.

Trivia tidbits:

• Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn’t smoke unless heated above 450 degrees.

• The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when knights raised their visors to reveal their identity.

• Soldiers do not march in step when crossing a bridge because they could set off a vibration that could be sufficient enough to collapse the bridge.

• When a person dies, the hearing is the last sense to go. Eyesight is the first. (How do we know this?)

• Strawberries are the only fruit whose seeds grow on the outside.

• The custom of shaking hands dates back to ancient times. Shak-

ing hands showed you were not armed.

Caregiver, veterans services available

Family caregivers and veterans can apply for services authorized under a Veterans Affairs interim final rule that was published May 5.

Eligible family caregivers of eligible post-9/11 veterans will receive comprehensive training developed by Easter Seals in collaboration with VA clinical experts.

It is part of a package of new services that also include a monthly stipend, mental health services, and access to medical care under the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the VA, if the primary family caregiver is not entitled to care of services under a health plan contract.

Veterans may download a copy of the Family Caregiver Program application at www.caregiver.va.gov.

The application enables veterans to designate a primary family caregiver and secondary family caregivers.

Organization providing female veterans care

Women Veterans Health Care has the mission to ensure all eligible female veterans requesting VA care have access to:

• Comprehensive primary care by a proficient and interested provider.

• Privacy, security, dignity and sensitivity to gender-specific needs.

• The right care in the right place and time.

• State-of-the-art health care equipment and technology.

• The highest quality preventative and clinical care equal to male veterans care.

New VA data available

I have new information on beneficiary travel benefits, mileage rates, Veterans Identification Cards, Health Care Reform Law, Priority Group 8 Enrollment Restrictions, dates disabilities became subject to Presumptive Service Connection, a stressor information sheet and list of combat badges associated with combat service for post-traumatic stress disorder, and new VA home loan data.

Stop by my office and I will discuss any of these items with you and help fill out necessary forms for applying for these programs.

For more 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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