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Craig briefs: VA encourages veterans to attend ‘Town Hall’

Veterans and their families and survivors in Craig are invited to participate in a Department of Veterans Affairs town hall discussion from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday to hear the latest on VA benefit programs and provide their own feedback on benefits and services provided by VA.

The meeting is open to all members of the public, including Congressional stakeholders, veterans service organizations, state and local governmental and non-governmental organizations, and community partners. Denver VARO would like to thank VFW Post No. 4265 for hosting the event.

The town hall is one of many being held around the country. VA Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald announced the town hall meetings to improve communications with, and hear directly from, veterans nationwide as an important step toward improving the delivery of benefits and services and rebuilding trust among all those VA serves.

Claims representatives will be available to provide one-on-one counseling on VA benefits such as disability compensation for service-related injuries or illnesses, pension for lower-income disabled and senior citizen veterans and their survivors, as well as education, employment, home loan and life insurance benefits. VA representatives will also be available to assist Veterans in enrolling in eBenefits, ebenefits.va.gov, a VA and Department of Defense online web portal with more than 55 self-service options that allow users to learn about VA benefits and file claims online. The Denver Regional Office has jurisdiction over Colorado and Wyoming, and is one of 56 across the country whose focus is financial benefits for eligible vveterans and their family members.

Grand Junction VA Medical Center staff will be available for health care eligibility and enrollment questions and accessing state benefits.

VA welcomes frank and open discussion of veterans' concerns in all VA program areas. Following the town hall, regional office officials will brief VA's leaders on the input received and suggestions for improvements. 

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Friends of Hayden Library to update bulletin boards

The Friends of the Hayden Library will be updating one of the bulletin boards in downtown Hayden across from the Kum & Go to inform the community of events and other newsworthy items. The Hayden Public Library will have a drop-off box for notices such as items for sale, volunteer opportunities, local programs, calendar of events, etc. 

No business for profit will be permitted to post information. The deadline for the week will be at 4 p.m. every Saturday starting with this week. Please feel free to call the Hayden Library with any comments, questions and ideas at 970-276-3777.

CDOT announces start date for Bustang

DENVER — Bustang, the new interregional express bus service from the Colorado Department of Transportation, will deliver its first passengers to Denver's Union Station starting Monday morning, July 13, according to a press release.

The much anticipated service launch will connect major populations, employment centers and local transit entities along the Interstate-25 Front Range and Interstate-70 mountain corridors during peak weekday commuting times.

Offering three major service routes, Bustang responds to demand from the traveling public for a reliable transit alternative along the highest traveled corridors in the state.

Along 
I-25, there will be seven round trips per day Monday through Friday from Colorado Springs to Denver and six round trips per day from Fort Collins to Denver. Along the I-70 mountain corridor, Bustang will operate one round trip Monday through Friday between Glenwood Springs and Denver Union Station.

The bus service will stop at existing park-and-ride locations along each route with fares reflected by length of trip. Multiple trip packages will be available at a discounted price and a 25 percent discount will be offered to disabled persons and seniors 65 years old and older. Bus schedules and fares are available for download online.

The Bustang fleet will feature 13 buses in rotation on each respective route. Each coach is equipped with restrooms, bike racks, free WiFi, power outlets and USB ports. Coaches offer a 50-passenger capacity and are handicap accessible.

July 13 marks the official service launch for Bustang, the state's first-ever, state-owned and operated bus system.

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