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Veteran’s Hotline: Veterans’ groups considering new procedure to welcome back soldiers

Ed Wilkinson

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 and American Legion Post 62 will host an open meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the VFW post, 419 E. Victory Way.

The meeting agenda will cover a new procedure to welcome home veterans. This is new, so all suggestions will be considered.

Please attend and provide your input to honor people coming home.

If anyone knows of a veteran coming home from active duty, contact me, or any VFW member, so we can give the veteran a hero’s welcome.

We have a veteran coming home Aug. 15. Her name is Kathy Weiher, and she is in the Army. She will be returning from Iraq.

I will post more information as it comes in, such as the time of arrival at Yampa Valley Regional Airport and ceremonies that will follow.

Veterans clinic needs more patients

The Craig Community Telehealth Clinic still needs more veterans to use the facility. The more use, the more funding, which will provide more services.

Remember, even if you have an appointment at VAMC, you can have blood drawn here in Craig so you do not have to be there two hours before your appointment.

Last year, there were 1,600 visits to the Telehealth Clinic, resulting in saving 480,000 miles of driving to Grand Junction, not to mention the gasoline consumed.

The Telehealth Clinic offers U.S. veterans state-of-the-art technology as well as onsite nursing support and remote practitioner availability. The goal is to provide an extensive array of health care services to veterans in a setting that is both accessible and professional. To appropriately plan and coordinate your visit, access to the clinic is by appointment only. The clinic will not handle emergency needs. Flu shot walk-ins are still ongoing for vets currently enrolled in the VAMC health care system. Questions? Call 824-6721.

Tele-psych services now available

Veterans can now get tele-pysch services at the Craig VA Telehealth clinic. Call 970-263-2824 to set up a follow-up appointment for a mental health visit. Contact Jayne Scribner with questions at VAMC Grand Junction or e-mail

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. 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 only.

Bring a copy of your separation papers (DD-214) for application for VA programs and for filing at our office.

Historical veteran/national dates:

• Aug. 1,1959 – Batista falls from power. Castro takes over.

• Aug. 2, 1990 – Iraq invades Kuwait to start first Gulf War

• Aug. 3, 1958 – U.S.S. Nautilus travels under North Pole

• Aug. 6, 1945 – Atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima

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