Veterans Hotline: Thanking a local business

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Ed Wilkinson

On behalf of all veterans, I wish to thank Craig Ford for their help in finding and helping us purchase a newer van to transport veterans to Grand Junction.

Jerry Thompson and Burl McMillen went above and beyond to help us get the best for our money and make sure the vehicle is in top condition for the many miles that will be put on it.

Senators speak out on clinic naming

Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet hailed the passage of their bill to name the Department of Veterans Affairs Telehealth Clinic in Craig after Medal of Honor recipient Army Maj. William Edward Adams.

The bill, which was introduced in February, passed the Senate by a unanimous consent late last week and now goes to the president to sign into law.

Senator Udall said, “The telehealth clinic in Craig aims to help Colorado veterans who have given so much for our freedom, and it’s in tribute to Major Adams brave sacrifice that it will bear his name.”

Trivia time

Here’s some trivia: Lock, stock and barrel means everything included, i.e., they bought everything — lock, stock and barrel.

It’s a phrase that originally came from colonial days when people made their own guns.

Another trivia tidbit regarding the order of establishment for the U.S. branches of service: Army on June 14, 1775; Navy on Oct. 13, 1775; Marine Corps on Nov. 13, 1775; Coast Guard on Aug. 4, 1790; and Air Force on Sept. 18, 1947.

Using post-9/11 GI Bill benefits

Veterans and service members eligible for the post-9/11 GI Bill can now use their education benefits for all sorts of non-degree skill-training programs, including paid apprenticeships.

The last of the post-9/11 bill reforms signed into law by President Barack Obama in January take effect Oct. 1.

These allow the benefit to cover most education and training programs, including correspondence courses, on-the-job training, and flight school (other than to simply to gain a private pilot’s license)

The reform make the benefit less complex, principally by establishing a single cap of $17,500 per year on basic education benefits payable to private colleges and universities.

I have the article in my office, or you can read more in this month’s American Legion magazine.

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 email 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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