Veteran services to be provided at Meeker’s new VFW home

MEEKER I On March 26, Dr. David Hildebrandt of the Grand Junction Veteran Center visited Meeker VFW Post No. 584 to evaluate the feasibility of providing ongoing counseling for Meeker veterans. The new VFW is located at 290 Fourth St.

VA to amend 40-mile rule for veterans needing health care

WASHINGTON, D.C. I The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) announced Tuesday it will alter its “40-mile rule” to improve access to health care for veterans living in rural areas.

Tipton continues with plan to improve care for rural veterans

RBC I U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) is working to advance a measure in the U.S. House to ensure veterans living farther than a 40 mile drive from a VA healthcare facility are able to receive and use Veterans Choice Cards to access alternative care providers closer to home.

Non-VA health care for vets

RBC I President Obama signed into law the Veterans’ Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 on Aug. 7, allowing eligible veterans to elect to use non-Veterans Administration health care for a period of up to three years, based either on the distance a veteran lives from a VA facility or if he or she […]

Veterans should be paid for travel expenses to VA hospitals

RBC I If there are Rio Blanco County military veterans who do not currently receive travel compensation for trips to Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals or clinics, your county veteran service officers want to know.

VA mobile vet center…

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The mobile Veteran Center, which is under the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs out of Denver, made a stop in Meeker last week.

Letter to the Editor: Open letter to veterans in county

Dear Editor: This is an open letter to all Rio Blanco County veterans.

Cell phones sought for soldier calls

RANGELY I Each week, the Cell Phones for Soldiers program mails approximately 12,000 calling cards to veterans at home and soldiers overseas. Each card provides veterans and troops 2-1/2 hours of talk time with family and friends.

Concert for veterans in Grand Jct.

The Grass Roots will play at the historic Avalon Theatre in Grand Junction Feb. 14, in the first ever Valentines for Veterans concert, presented by the Grand Junction VA Medical Center to honor all veterans. No admission will be charged to attend “because the price has already been paid,” by the sacrifices of American’s veterans.

RBC I Grand Junction VAMC will host its first ever “Valentines for Veterans” concert featuring The Grass Roots on Thursday, Feb. 14 at the historic Avalon Theatre. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Glasscock receives medal

Brice Glasscock (above), a Staff Sergeant for the National Guard and member of the 928th Area Support Medical Battalion (ASMC) received the prestigious Meritorious Service Medal of Honor last week. Glasscock first enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1988, has been deployed three times and just reenlisted for six more years.

MEEKER I Brice Glasscock, an IT technician for Rio Blanco County and a Staff Sergeant in the 928th Area Support Medical Battalion (ASMC) National Guard Unit based in Montrose, Colo., was surprised when his commander, Major Ed McLean, presented him with the Meritorious Service Medal last weekend when he reported for training.

Veterans clinic to be dedicated

The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government.

CRAIG I The Craig Veterans TeleHealth Clinic will be dedicated to Maj. William Adams, Medal of Honor recipient, on July 20 at 10 a.m. The ceremony is open to the public. The clinic is located at 785 Russell St. in Craig.

Service statue…

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Family and friends of Peg Rector have placed a statue of a service person representing all branches of the United States armed forces on the east corner of her property at Silver Sage RV Park. A wreath was placed next to the statue for Memorial Day and a flag pole will soon be placed nearby.