Veterans Hotline: United Way donations appreciated

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Ed Wilkinson

I’d like to thank the following people for designating their contributions to the United Way campaign to Moffat County Veterans: Lance Hammond, Marty Jackson, Kirk Smith, Roy Meats, Jeff Winslow, Kristi Shepherd and Mason Siedschlaw.

The money is used to help veterans in need of food, shelter, gasoline reimbursement for hospital visits, clothing and any other service a veteran cannot afford.

As you saw in Monday’s Craig Daily Press, our community welcomed home Sterling Wilkey from his tour in the military. It is very nice to have him back without any physical disabilities.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion have no way of knowing when a military person is coming home. So, if you hear of anyone returning contact me or any VFW member or Legion member so we can plan a reception for them. Remember, anyone returning to Craig is a hometown hero!

I will be attending my yearly training starting May 20, so there will not be any transports to Grand Junction from May 19 to 25. If you have an appointment that week, you will have to either reschedule or find your own transportation.

If you have any emergency and have to go to The Memorial Hospital, be sure you or someone with you shows the hospital staff your Veterans ID card. The hospital will call the VA and the billing will be taken care of. The telephone number for the VA is on the back of your card. If you do not do this, the hospital will bill you for the services.

I recently attended a meeting with Becka from Sen. Michael Bennet’s office along with representatives from the VA, hospital and the mayor. Many veterans issues were discussed, and hopefully the senator’s office will have some influence on getting some issues resolved.

If any veteran has information to be put out to other veterans, contact me and I will be glad to include it in a future “Veterans Hotline.”

Telehealth Clinic offered

The Craig Community Telehealth Clinic offers U.S. veterans state-of-the-art technology as well as on-site 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 accessible and professional. In order to appropriately plan and coordinate your visit, access to the clinic is by appointment only. The clinic will not handle emergency needs. Flu shot walk-ins still are on-going for Vets currently enrolled in the VAMC Healthcare system. Call 970-824-6721 with questions.

Tele-psych available

Veterans now can 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 information on these programs and/or other veterans’ benefits, call or stop in the Moffat County VSO office at 480 Barclay St. Call 970-824-3246 or use the fax 970-824-7108. Our email 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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