Vietnam Moving Wall progressing closer to Craig |

Vietnam Moving Wall progressing closer to Craig

— We are one week from arrival and setup of the Vietnam Moving Wall.

Final details are being wrapped up this week by the steering committee and those involved in the setup.

The truck bringing the wall is coming from Provo, Utah, and there are plans to have a large motorcycle escort it in and out of Craig. The wall then goes on to Winter Park for display with the town’s annual motorcycle event.

We still are looking for volunteers and donations to make this an event the city and residents of Craig and Moffat County can long remember and also be remembered for.

If interested in assisting, call the Chamber of Commerce at 824-5689.

In order to recognize our local veterans and/or families of veterans whose names are inscribed on the Wall in Washington and to have the opportunity for them to be recognized for their sacrifice during the Vietnam War while the Moving Wall is in Craig, we need family members to call my office so we can try to identify, mark and, if possible, put together a brief history of their Vietnam service and death.

Please contact my office as soon as possible to allow us to gather the data required.

Attention all veterans: Special meeting at VFW

Special meeting at the VFW Hall on Aug. 23 to meet with Senator Ken Salazar on local and national veteran issues. More will follow in this column next week.

Remaining World War II

recognition certificates

The response to my articles has been great, but I still have the following veterans or their families to locate and present the certificates.

Alvarez, Robt. A.; Benson, Jack; Brooks, Jack; Brown, Gerald; Elits, John & Cora; Gray, Charles; Levkulich, Geo.; Lindley, Edgar; Pollock, Benton; Rogers, Merle; Roy, Frank; Solace, Chet; Southard, Wm.; and Watson, Ervan.

Things progressing at Craig Veterans Clinic

Nothing official to release, but things are moving along and the opening is to occur prior to or shortly after the Sept. 30 contract date.

National Suicide Prevention hotline

The Army News Service rec-ently released this information.

In order to ensure veterans with emotional crises have round-theclock access to trained professionals the VA has opened a national suicide prevention hotline. The toll-free number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

This suicide hotline is one of several enhancements to veteran mental health care Secretary Nicholson announced earlier this year. The VA is the largest provider of mental health care in the nation. This year, they will spend about $3 billion for approximately 1 million veterans.

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.

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