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Veterans Hotline: Veterans invited to ride on veterans float

Ed Wilkinson

Ed Wilkinson

All veterans are invited to ride on the veterans float for the parade at 2 p.m. today. Also, Monday's Memorial Day service will take place at 11 a.m. at Craig Cemetery. There's another service at 3 p.m. in Maybell.

Regulation tidbits

The following was taken from U.S. Army regulations in 1861:

• Coffee tastes much better if the latrines are dug downstream from the encampment.

• Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent.

• The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.

• The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it was intended to prevent.

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Grant for van approved

I have just received notice that the grant for a new Veterans Van has been approved.

However, we will not see the money until about the beginning of July.

Survey forms on service now available

I have received some veterans survey forms. This form asks about the service you are receiving from Veterans Affairs and from the county veterans service officers and the VA hospital.

I will have these forms in my office and with me when I am out and about.

Please fill one out as this tells the VA in Grand Junction and Denver what veterans feel about what is being done to take care of their needs or problems that need to be resolved.

PTSD app helping thousands

According to a news release, the PTSD Coach smartphone application, launched in April by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense, has already helped more than 5,000 users connect with important mental health information and resources.

"This new tool is about helping veterans and servicemembers when and where they need it," Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki said in the release. "We are encouraged so many have already downloaded this resource and hope many more will utilize this convenient tool to access VA services."

Since its launch, the PTSD Coach app has been downloaded by thousands of individuals.

While 96 percent of the users so far are located in the U.S., the app has also been downloaded in 25 other countries. The app lets users track their PTSD symptoms, links them with public and personalized sources of support, provides accurate information about PTSD, and teaches helpful strategies for managing PTSD symptoms on the go.

Currently, the PTSD Coach app has received perfect customer review scores on the iTunes App Store.

Comments from veterans and family members are overwhelmingly positive and one user describes the app as "a must for every spouse who has a family member with PTSD."

Professionals have sent positive reviews, suggestions and offers to collaborate on research evaluating the PTSD Coach app.

The app has also already proven to be a useful tool for the staff at the Veterans Crisis Line.

Within the first two hours of the app's official launch, the Crisis Line staff were contacted by a distressed veteran who reported being instructed by the app to call the crisis line and was subsequently given an appointment at the local VA medical center. Crisis Line staff have begun to regularly recommend this resource to callers.

The app is one of the first in a series of jointly-designed resources by the VA National Center for PTSD and the DoD's National Center for Telehealth and Technology to help servicemembers and veterans manage their readjustment challenges and get anonymous assistance.

Given the popularity of mobile devices, VA and DoD hope to reach tens of thousands of veterans, servicemembers, and their family members with the new suite of apps.

Information on the PTSD Coach app is on the VA's National Center for PTSD Website: More apps from DoD's National Center for Telehealth and Technology can be found at:

For information

For information on these programs and/or other veterans' benefits, call or stop in the Moffat County Veterans Service Office at 480 Barclay St., west of the Bank of Colorado parking lot.

Call 824-3246 or use the fax at 824-7108. Our e-mail address is 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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