Ed Wilkinson

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Veteran's Hotline: Medical treatment options changing

Remember importance of Veterans Day

Nov. 5. will be the activation date for the Veterans Choice Act. This pertains to the 40-mile, 30-day requirements for Veterans to receive care outside of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs under certain conditions.

Veteran’s Hotline: Saluting the American flag

There will be a flu clinic at the Steamboat Springs Community Center in mid to late September. There will also be flu shots available at the Craig Telehealth Clinic this month. The dates for these will be posted when the vaccine arrives.

Veteran’s Hotline: ID cards still available

Fellow veterans, the new ID cards are still being issued. I received mine and they transfer your old picture onto the new card, so no photograph is needed. As I stated in my last article, your Social Security number is not on the new card. This is an added plus because someone could scan your old card with their cellphone and that would leave you open to identity theft.

Ed Wilkinson: Veteran identification cards are easy, secure

The Department of Veterans Affairs has new and more secure Veteran Health Identification cards, according to the department. The cards have a different look along with new security features.

Veteran's Hotline: Non-VA emergency care fact sheet

A medical emergency is an injury or illness that is so severe that without immediate treatment, it threatens your life or health. If you think your life or health is in danger, your situation is an emergency.

Veterans Hotline: Hospital changes and new award for vets

I attended a congressional forum in Grand Junction on Monday. Items of discussion were the progress of a VA hospital in Denver, attendance results of outreach clinics, management updates, an administrative update and a report from customer relations.

Veterans Hotline: United Way donations appreciated

I’d like to thank the following people for designating their contributions to the United Way campaign to Moffat County Veterans: Lance Hammond, Marty Jackson, Kirk Smith, Roy Meats, Jeff Winslow, Kristi Shepherd and Mason Siedschlaw.

Veterans Hotline: Demand cause of delay with pending claims

Many veterans have claims pending for various issues.

Veteran's Hotline: New travel pay rules

Starting March 1, travel pay will be paid to your bank account on a direct deposit basis. The money will go into the same account as your compensation or pension pay. The procedure is as follows: The veteran completes the appointment, then goes to the travel clerk who processes the claim and confirms eligibility. The paperwork is then printed in the cashier cage. The cashier then inputs the information for the EFT (electronic fund transfer).

Veterans Hotline: New Telehealth service offered

The Craig Telehealth Clinic is offering another service to our Veterans. It is called “Tele-Spiritual” with a pastor via the Denver VAMC. If anyone has an interest, please contact the Craig clinic to schedule an appointment at 970-824-6721. There will be brochures out in the near future. In October, the Social Security Administration announced that it would increase SSA benefits by 1.7 percent based on an increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers for the third quarter of 2012.

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