Veterans Hotline: New Telehealth service offered

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Ed Wilkinson

The Craig Telehealth Clinic is offering another service to our Veterans. It is called “Tele-Spiritual” with a pastor via the Denver VAMC.

If anyone has an interest, please contact the Craig clinic to schedule an appointment at 970-824-6721. There will be brochures out in the near future.

In October, the Social Security Administration announced that it would increase SSA benefits by 1.7 percent based on an increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers for the third quarter of 2012.

The Department of Veterans Affairs processed VA’s 2012 on Nov. 17 and 18, 2012. Consistent with SSA’s COLA (cost-of-living adjustment,) VA Pension and Parents’ DIC (dependency and Indemnity compensation) beneficiaries will receive a 1.7 percent increase effective December 1, 2012.

I have a copy of all the rate tables in my office if anyone is interested.

Also, the standard Medicare deduction effective Dec. 1, 2012 is $104.90

On another note, the yearly meeting of the “Apathy Club” has been cancelled due to lack of interest.

Remember that next Tuesday, Jan. 15 is the monthly meeting of the American Legion. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and coffee, juice and pastries are served.

The monthly meeting of the VFW will be on the following Monday, Jan. 21.

Both meetings are consistent by being on the third Monday and third Tuesday of every month.

Please try to attend one or both meetings if you are a member. Both organizations do a lot for the community and by attending the meetings, you are supporting your organization.

Craig Telehealth Clinic reminder

The Craig Community Telehealth Clinic offers U.S. veterans state-of-the-art technology as well as onsite nursing support and remote practitioner availability. Our goal is to provide an extensive array of healthcare services to our veterans in a setting that is both accessible and professional.

In order to appropriately plan and coordinate your visit, access to the clinic is by appointment only. The clinic will (can) not handle emergency needs.

Flu shot walk-ins are still on-going for Vets currently enrolled in the VAMC Healthcare system. Questions? Call 824-6721.

Tele-psych services available

Tele-psych services now available. Veterans can now get tele-pysch services at the Craig VA Telehealth clinic.

All they need to do is call 970-263-2824 to set up a follow-up appointment for their mental health visit to be done there. If there are any questions contact Jayne Scribner at VAMC Grand Junction via phone or email.

Her email address is Jayne.Scribner@va.gov.

For more information

For information on these programs and/or other veterans’ benefits, call or stop in the Moffat County VSO office at 480 Barclay St. (west of the Bank of Colorado parking lot).

Call 970-824-3246 or use the fax 970-824-7108. 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 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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