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Bill Harding: Historical veteran dates

Historical veteran/national dates

• Sept. 1 – Labor Day

• Sept. 2 – VJ Day (1945) Japan formally surrendered

• Sept. 3 – Allies land in Italy during World War II (1943)

• Sept. 11 – Patriot Day

• Sept. 14 – Star spangled Banner written by Francis Scott Key (1814)

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• Sept. 17 – U.S. Constitution Approved (1787)

• Sept. 18 – Air force established (1947) previously Army Air corps

• Sept. 19 – POW/MIA Recognition Day

• Sept. 28 – Gold star Mother’s Day

• Sept. 29 – VFW established (1899)

Flags at half-staff

All U.S. flags should be flown at half-staff on Sept. 11, which is Patriot Day, until noon.

Craig Telehealth Clinic

The Craig Telehealth Clinic will not be open for medical appointments Sept. 2 through 5 because of staffing issues. The Veterans Administration Medical Center in Grand Junction has approved this closure and will be scheduling appointments accordingly. The clinic will reopen for services Sept. 8.

Looking for a

three-wheel bicycle

We’re looking for a three-wheel bike that will permit a World War II veteran to travel from Columbine Apartments to town for goods and services. If you have a good working unit that you no longer need and are willing to donate, please call me.

OEF/OIF Veterans

Combat veterans are eligible for free medical care from the VA for most conditions for five years after they separate from active duty.

VA is reaching out to veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom who have been discharged but have not contacted VA about their benefits. In addition to health care, other possible benefits include home loan guarantees, education, training and life insurance.

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 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.