Ed Wilkinson: Don’t forget a prayer for our troops
December 25, 2009
I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas.
I wish everyone would say a prayer for our troops overseas, and don't forget the troops that are in different countries that are not in harm's way.
The company of others
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 hosted its annual potluck supper Monday. Food was plentiful, and everyone enjoyed the company of others.
Historical veteran and national dates:
• Dec. 20, 1957 — Elvis Presley is drafted into the U.S. Army.
• Dec. 21, 1988 — Pan Am Flight 103 explodes over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 243 passengers, 16 crew members and 11 Lockerbie residents on the ground. A bomb, placed by a terrorist in the cargo department, caused the explosion.
• Dec. 25, 1914 — "The Christmas Truce."
Just after midnight, German soldiers were heard singing Christmas carols and emerged from their trenches, unarmed and crossed "no-man's-land" and shook hands with Allied soldiers. Plum pudding and cigarettes were exchanged. The short truce gave both sides a chance to bury their dead with honors.
Warning about new ploy by carjackers
Evidently, carjackers are using a new ploy.
If you are in a parking lot and getting ready to leave, and there is something stuck on your back window, leave it until you get some distance from the parking lot.
If you stop, normally you jump out and run around to remove it.
This gives the carjackers an opportunity to jump in and drive off before you have a chance to react.
Women are especially vulnerable because their purse is in the car with all personal information in it.
News for veterans who use oxygen services
An oxygen service is available if you are traveling to other states or cities within the U.S.
Rotech oxygen service has contracted with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Grand Junction and Denver to provide bottles to exchange when you arrive at a destination and need more oxygen.
If you have stopovers or layovers, they can provide bottles at those locations, if necessary.
For more information, call 1 800-514-9342.
Tele-psych services now are 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 e-mail.
Her e-mail address is Jayne.Scribner@va.gov.