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Ed Wilkinson: Clinic has H1N1 shots for veterans

Ed Wilkinson

The Craig Veterans Affairs TeleHealth Clinic has received 100 doses of H1N1 vaccine for distribution to veterans.

These doses are available by appointment only to veterans enrolled as patients with the VA.

To make an appointment for a H1N1 vaccine, call 970-824-6721 from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

If the line is busy, please call back.

The TeleHealth Clinic offers U.S. veterans state-of-the-art technology, as well as onsite nursing support and remote practitioner availability.

The office's goal is to provide an extensive array of health care 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 cannot handle emergency needs.

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However, tele-psych services now are available at the TeleHealth Clinic. Veterans should 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 about tele-psych services, contact Jayne Scribner at the VA Medical Center in Grand Junction via phone or e-mail Jayne.Scribner@va.gov.

For more information about the TeleHealth Clinic or any of its other services, call 824-6721.

Historic dates

• Dec. 13, 2003: Saddam Hussein captured. Tribunal held, and after a court appeal, Hussein was executed Dec. 30, 2006.

• Dec. 14, 1911: Norwegian Roald Amundsen is the first explorer to reach the South Pole.

• Dec. 16, 1773: American revolutionaries dump 342 chests of tea into the Boston harbor in what became known as the Boston Tea Party. The protestors were acting against the British Parliament's Tea Act of 1773.

• Dec. 17, 1903: The first working airplane took flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C. Heavier than air, the airplane flew 120 feet and stayed aloft for 12 seconds.

2010 Census is to begin

The Better Business Bureau is advising people to be cooperative with U.S. Census Bureau officials but also cautious, so as not to become a victim of fraud or identity theft.

Residents should not give out their Social Security number, credit card or banking information to anyone.

No matter what a person asks, all you need to tell them is how many people live at your address.

Veteran dental care

Eligibility for VA dental benefits is based on very specific guidelines, and it differs significantly from eligibility for medical care.

I have a copy of the guidelines in my office, so feel free to come in, and I will give you a copy for your records.

Veteran Life insurance

Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance is the only issue of VA direct life insurance for veterans open to new policy holders.

To be eligible for coverage, a veteran must apply within two years of being rated service connected by the VA for a new, original disability.

Applicants also must be in good health except for those disabilities that have been rated service connected and must have been released from active duty on or after April 25, 1951.

I have the forms to fill out in my office if anyone is interested.

Troop gift donations

The Craig Elks Lodge #1577 is participating in a drive for donations to our troops on active duty.

We are looking for anything of a non-perishable nature, such as toothpaste, gum or shampoo, or other items.

We also need names and addresses for these troops.

We are combining these items to send with six other Elk lodges in the Mountain District.

Any help will be appreciated, and if you need more information, contact Frank Sadvar at 970-824-6131 or 970-620-0874.

Exercise options

The Craig TeleHealth Clinic has started a MOVE Walk program for interested veterans.

Those interested should meet at Centennial Mall from 10 to 11 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Participants will meet their own goal and go at their own pace. Bring your pedometer and water, if needed.

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. 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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