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VA flu shots in Pagosa today

In an unprecedented outreach plan, the Durango VA Out Patient Clinic will have representatives visit Pagosa Springs today to give free flu shots to any veteran enrolled in VA Health Care.

The flu shot clinic will be held in the Senior Center at the community center and will start at 1 p.m. The Durango VA Clinic has allotted 100 vaccinations for Pagosa veterans and will give the shots to the first 100 veterans who attend. No reservations are needed.

I will be on hand to assist you with your proof of VAHC enrollment should you need that help. The flu shot clinic will be held right across the hall from the Archuleta County Veterans Service Office in the Senior Center lunchroom. Thanks to Musetta Wollenweber and her staff for making the Senior Center lunchroom available for this important clinic.

Grant money update

The long and the short of it is we still do not have any Colorado Veterans Trust Fund Grant money for travel reimbursement.

I spoke to state VTF representatives late last week and they confirmed having all the proper paperwork in hand, and said they are awaiting follow-through from the State Controller’s Office (the guys that give out the money).

Meanwhile, I have gas credit cards on hand for travel and motel assistance. Give me a call or stop by and see me to arrange for one of these credit cards prior to your trip to a VA Health Care facility. I have a limited number of these cards, available on a first-come, first-serves basis.

Otherwise, keep your “Proof of Appointment” from your previous VAHC medical appointments and I will reimburse you when I get some funds.

DAV vans

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization is running a VAHC van from Durango on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call Mike Dunaway, 247-2198, and from the Farmington area on Mondays and Wednesdays, call Harriet Mulnix, (505) 793-1782.

Further information

For information on these and other veterans’ benefits, please call or stop by the Archuleta County Veterans Service Office located at the Senior Center in the Pagosa Springs Community Center on Hot Springs Blvd. The office number is 264-4013. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.