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Bill Harding: Airport flag dedication, open house

Bill Harding

This Friday at noon, there is an open house and flag dedication at the new Airport Terminal building at the Craig Municipal airport. Refreshments will be served. A joint military honor guard of VFW and American Legion members will perform the gun salute and flag dedication ritual.

Sending mail to troops in Iraq, Afghanistan

The US Postal Service [USPS] recommends doing it ASAP. All Holiday mail for troops in Iraq & Afghanistan should have been mailed by Dec. 4 to arrive before Christmas. The USPS is running articles in the Daily Press “Briefs” regarding their services and deadlines. Read them and comply so that our young service men & women know that public support still exists for their sacrifices in our behalf.

Washington D.C. trip for WWII veterans

Still looking for WWII veterans to go to Washington D.C. this spring. Also looking for sponsors to help defray the costs of this program out of Grand Junction’s airport. If you have questions, or need an application, contact my office Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

American Legion Christmas raffle

The American Legion Post 62 Christmas raffle for a 42 inch Sanyo HD TV set is in the final two weeks. Most chances have assigned and possibly sold. The remaining tickets can be obtained from any member or the Post. Call 824-3625. The drawing will be held Dec. 20 at the Elks Bingo session.

VFW post 4265 Christmas party Dec. 15

VFW Post 4265 and its Ladies Auxiliary are hosting their annual Christmas party for VFW Post members and their spouses, and the members of the Auxiliary and their guests.

Activities will commence at 6:00 p.m. at the Post HQ’s (419 E. Victory Way).

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Christmas card mailing address is a hoax

I had published an address this past month without fully checking it out. I suggested “While addressing your Christmas cards this year, why not take one and send it to this address:

A Recovering American Soldier c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center 6900 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20307-5001″

I received an e-mail stating this is a hoax and am passing it on as I received it::.

“Just read your article in today’s Daily Press about sending Christmas cards to Recovering American Soldiers. Unfortunately, what you gave is erroneous information. I refer you to This explains that the info you gave is considered a hoax, but it also gives correct Christmas card mailing info.”

Please go to that site and then address your cards correctly. Thanks.

CNCC Pearl Harbor

program is next month

For those going to Hawaii this January on the CNCC trip, the CNCC program on Pearl Harbor will be held Jan. 8 or 9. CNCC has asked for presentations regarding the attack on Pearl Harbor as they are going to the USS Arizona Memorial as part of the tour. If there are any servicemen or their dependents that were there, the college would like for you to attend and tell your story.

Veteran Flu shots still on-going at VA clinic

Flu shot walk-ins still are on-going at the Craig VA Telehealth Clinic. Call, stop in and visit with April Branstetter and Robbie Fentress. Vets must be currently enrolled in VAMC healthcare in order to receive this service. Questions? Call 824-6721.

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.