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Bill Harding: Buddy poppies to help raise money

Bill Harding, Veterans Service Officer
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Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 and the American Legion will be outside of several major shopping outlets the next few weekends handing out buddy poppies.

The groups use the donations received to sponsor needy assistance and other relief projects during the year. This year, a large portion of the receipts are designated for the Honor Flight program out of Grand Junction to get local/regional World War II veterans back to their World War II memorial in Washington, D.C., in August.

Please support this cause generously.

Honor Flight leaves Aug. 25 for D.C.

The Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., for World War II veterans is now on schedule.

A plane has been secured and the trip leaves Aug. 25 from Grand Junction. The groups coordinating the flight and assistance for the World War vets are still looking for and recruiting guardians to assist these older veterans in their travel.

The guardian has to pay his or her own way and that cost is approximately $1,000. If interested, please contact me. Efforts to raise the funds required to offset the free trip for these “heroes” is currently underway. As of this week, they were still short $70,000 to cover all the costs involved to transport, house and feed these vets during their round-trip venture.

Once the vet reaches the transport point of Walker Field in Grand Junction, there is no cost to them until they return to Grand Junction to go home.

Property tax exemptions for 100 percent disabled veterans

Pending state legislation indicates that the Ref E 100 percent property tax exemption for disabled veterans probably will stay intact, even though the exemption for senior citizens will drop for a period. If you draw this benefit, make sure you thank your state reps for continuing this program for our more seriously disabled veterans.

Thanks for Hometown Heroes

The annual picnic was a success even though turnout was small compared to previous years.

Thanks to the Craig Daily Press and its staff for sponsoring this event and to those who participated in the speeches and tribute to those whom are serving our country on foreign soil right now.

The community needs to support this event every Armed Forces Day.

Memorial Day services

A Memorial Day service will take place at 11 a.m. Monday at the Craig Cemetery on Ashley Road. A service also will take place at 3 p.m. at the cemetery in Maybell.

We will be placing flags on veteran graves starting at about 5 p.m. Sunday at the Craig Cemetery. We will pick up all flags at about 6:30 p.m. Monday so that they are retired before sunset. VFW and American Legion post members would appreciate anyone who wishes to assist with this project to meet us at the cemetery during those times.

Grand Olde West Days parade

The Grand Olde West Days parade is at 2 p.m. Saturday. All local veterans are urged to attend and ride the float.

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. Our goal is to provide an extensive array of healthcare services to our veterans in a setting that is both accessible and professional. In order to appropriately plan and coordinate your visit, access to the clinic is by appointment only. The clinic will [can] NOT handle emergency needs. Flu shot walk-ins are still on-going for Vets 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 e-mail. Her e-mail address is

For information about 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 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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