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Urging Iraq and Afghanistan vets to sign up for healthcare

Bill Harding

— Notice to all veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. You are

urged to enroll in the VA Healthcare system as soon as possible. You are entitled to six months free care from Tricare. All returning vets are urged to enroll in Triwest, or Colorado’s Tricare provider.

To enroll, follow these steps:

1. Call 1-800-538-9552

2. If you have unpaid medical within the six-month time frame, you will need to fill out form DD-2642 for each doctor. You can get these forms at your nearest county Veteran Service Office. You also can get the forms online at Triwest.com.

3. Your medical bills must be itemized.

4. Send your completed forms to: Triwest, PO Box 77028, Madison, WI 53707

If you need further information about this or any other vet matter, do not hesitate to contact your local VSO or the Colorado VFW VSO at (303) 914-5595.

Gas reimbursements for self transport

This office still can reimburse for self transport to the VAMC facilities in Grand Junction for scheduled appointments that we can not provide rides for.

There has been a change in how this program is funded now, so checks cannot or will not be automatically refunded.

New grant funding sources require that payments are through the county and that each veteran will be assigned a vendor status for payment. With that status, the vet will have to fill out and return a W-9 for tax purposes. The W-9 will only be used if the reimbursements reach the federal required income limit. Otherwise, it will remain in each vendor file.

Craig Veterans Clinic still pursuing site

The VAMC staff is Grand Junction still is pursuing a site and RN’s. The goal still is to be up and operational by the end of September. I will pass on info as soon as I receive it.

Vietnam Moving Wall arriving Aug. 8

The Vietnam Moving Wall arrives Aug. 8 for set up, and it will depart on Aug. 13.

The steering committee is working of the particulars and signage to be released soon. It will be set up at Loudy- Simpson Park – north and west of the picnic areas.

Volunteers still are being sought to assist with the many facets of the operation and security while it is here. The site will be open to the public 24 hours every day while it is on site.

The official ceremonies are scheduled to be held on Aug. 11, in the mid-day. Final details are being worked on to accommodate keynote speakers and military operations.

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 veterans@moffatcounty.net. 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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