Bill Harding: Thank you for successful Memorial Day |

Bill Harding: Thank you for successful Memorial Day

Bill Harding
Bill Harding, Veterans Service Officer
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Members of the VFW Post 4265, American Legion Post 62 and the Sons of the Legion wish to thank all those who assisted with the gravesite flag placement and retrieval this weekend. We could not have done it without your help. We also wish to thank John and Marylou Allen, Allen Audio, for once again providing the audio equipment necessary to read the names. We also thank the Craig Daily Press and their staff who attended and documented the proceedings, not only in Craig but also in Maybell. Thanks to the Maybell community for inviting the honor guard to their program. It is an honor to serve those in an outlying community in observing Memorial Day as part of this close-knit community. Thanks to the Beckett family who continue the tradition of lining the cemetery entrance with “an avenue of flags,” carrying on what their father, grandfather and great-grandfather had done for this community and day of remembrance for many years. Finally, another “thank you” to all of the community, veterans, veterans’ widows or involved citizens for taking time from all the other activities that were being held during this Memorial Day weekend, as the Grand Olde West Days-sponsored features, to attend these services recognizing those who have given all so that we are free to gather and do what we want to do in this country. Thanks also to the weather, which once again allowed the parade and the Memorial service to escape the soaking effects of Mother Nature.

Honor Flights to D.C.

The Honor Flights to Washington, D.C., for Western Slope WWII vets now is on schedule. A plane has been secured and the trip leaves Grand Junction on Aug. 25. The flights, US Airway, will leave early Aug. 25 for D.C. and return late on Aug. 26. Sponsors are looking for and hope to provide rooms for the night of Aug. 24 , so those vets traveling some distance have a place to rest before the trip. We are working on a transport vehicle to take local vets to Grand Junction. More will follow in this column, and I will contact the vets I know are on the list to ensure that you get to Walker Field and back.

The groups coordinating the flight and assistance for the WWII vets still are looking for and recruiting guardians to assist these older veterans in their travel. The guardians have to pay their own way, and that cost is about $1,000. If interested, please contact me. Efforts to raise the funds required are under way as the major final drive for the success of the program.

Veterans Hotline

This, unfortunately, will be my last column for this newspaper, unless they give me a long-distance contributing writer pass. Ed Wilkinson intends to continue this weekly article, as he begins June 1 as the new veterans service officer. The office hours, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, will remain the same. Other appointments can be scheduled outside those hours, if necessary. The vet transport also will continue providing we receive that 2009-2010 grant funds. We haven’t received any word to date that the grant and funding will carry on starting July 1. We have funding through the end of June for now. Ed and Dick will continue to team up for this project.

Craig Telehealth Clinic

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 health care services to our veterans in a setting that is accessible and professional. In order to appropriately plan and coordinate your visit, access to the clinic is by appointment only. The clinic cannot handle emergency needs. Flu shot walk-ins still are on-going for vets currently enrolled in the VAMC health care system. Questions? Call 824-6721.

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 824-3246, fax 824-7108 or e-mail The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Other times can be arranged by appointment.

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