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Veterans Hotline: American Legion raffling Thompson replica

Ed Wilkinson

If you have not bought a raffle ticket for the .45-caliber, semi-automatic weapon that American Legion Post 62 is raffling, you only have today to purchase them. This is a real shooter and is a replica of the old Thompson machine gun. It will handle a straight magazine or a drum magazine. This is a great collector's item.

For tickets, contact any American Legion member or call 824-3625.

Sunset residents donate to Rifle vets

The ladies at Sunset Meadows I and II have donated many items to the Rifle Veterans Nursing Home.

These ladies made afghans, little saddlebags to hang on the arms of wheelchairs, and many more items to help veterans stay a little warmer and more comfortable this winter.

We wish to thank all of them for thinking of our veterans.

Mark your calendar

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 is hosting its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the VFW post, 419 E. Victory Way.

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The American Legion is meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the legion hall, 1055 Moffat County Road 7.

Veteran attendance at either one or both of these meetings is requested because issues are updated, and we, as veterans, have camaraderie unlike any other organization.

My two cents on voting

I hope everyone voted.

Although Tuesday was the primary election, voting is one of our rights as citizens of the United States. It seems that we are losing some rights all the time, and our Constitution is being ignored or challenged.

VA aggressive with stimulus money

Veterans Affairs committed the last of its $1.8 billion in Recovery Act funds July 31,, one of the first federal agencies to achieve that milestone.

Projects at more than 1,200 sites in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, will increase access to health care and services to veterans, while creating jobs and stimulating the economy.

Recovery Act projects are improving medical care, speeding claims processing, enhancing our national cemeteries, advancing our energy efficiency, and generating jobs for Americans.

Honor Flight taking off in October

Another Honor Flight is being arranged for Oct. 5 and 6. Anyone interested in going can find applications in my office.

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. The goal is to provide an extensive array of healthcare services to veterans in a setting that is both accessible and professional. To appropriately plan and coordinate your visit, access to the clinic is by appointment only. The clinic cannot handle emergency needs. Flu shot walk-ins are still on-going for veterans currently enrolled in the VAMC Healthcare system. Questions? Call 824-6721.

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

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 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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