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Bill Harding: Honor flight network opening hub in Grand Junction

Bill Harding

The National Honor Flight Network announced the formation of a hub in western Colorado. The goal of this Western Slope Honor Flight group is to make it possible for WWII veterans and their caregivers to go to Washington, D.C. and visit the WWII Memorial and capital. This includes a free flight, meals, overnight accommodations and motor coach services while in D.C.

This office has applications for the vets and their care providers if the vet is unable to travel alone. The date for the flights is May 1. Contact me ASAP.

Historic, national dates

Nov. 2 – Daylight Savings time change [fall back]

Nov. 4 – Election Day

Nov. 10 – US Marine Corps established [1775]

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Nov. 11 – Veterans Day WWI Armistice signed [1918]

Nov. 22 – President John F. Kennedy assassinated in Dallas [1963]

Nov. 27 – Thanksgiving Day

Veterans Day

observations in Craig

Memorial services honoring Veterans Day will be held at the Moffat County High School at 11:15 a.m. Nov. 11, 2008. Joint VFW & American Legion members will perform the 21-gun salute at the flagpole alongside the main entrance. There will be a short keynote address.

Veterans Day breakfast and dinners

The Craig VFW is not hosting a Veterans Day dinner this year. They have decided to celebrate this year’s remembrance by aligning with the scheduled events sponsored by the VFW Post 4264 in Steamboat Springs.

American Legion Post spaghetti dinner

American Legion Post No. 62 Ladies Auxiliary is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner Nov. 7 at the American Legion Post Shadow Mtn. facility. It will be served from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost for adults is $6.00. There will be children’s rates. Everyone is welcome. Watch for flyers around town.

Watch for veterans with buddy poppies

Watch for veterans passing out buddy poppies at City Market, Safeway and Wal-mart over the veteran day weekend. Members of local VFW Posts will be handing out poppies the second week of November.

2009 military retired COLA increase update

The 2009 military retired pay cost-of-living adjustment

(COLA) will be 5.8 percent, nearly 2 percent more than than the 3.9 percent 2009 military pay raise. This increase, which goes into effect of Dec. 1, 2008, also applies to SBP annuities, Social Security checks and VA disability and survivor benefits. Retirees will see this increase in their January 2009 checks.

Veteran Flu shots are ongoing at VA clinic

Flu shot walk-ins are ongoing at the Craig VA Telehealth Clinic. Call or stop in and meet the new RN, April Branstetter.

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.