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Memorial Day ceremonies honor deceased veterans
Memorial Day ceremonies honor deceased veterans

Members of Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3571, Harry A. White American Legion Post #65, and their Auxiliaries, assisted by the Civil Air Patrol Delta County Cadet Squadron, presented Memorial Day ceremonies at Mesa View and Delta City Cemeteries.

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Seniors, disabled vets may qualify for property tax exemptions

The Colorado Constitution established a property tax exemption for senior citizens and disabled veterans. For those who qualify, 50 percent of the first $200,000 in actual value of the primary residence is exempted from property tax.

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Monthly veterans coffee is May 15

The Welcome Home Alliance for Veterans will host its monthly veterans' coffee in downtown Cedaredge on Tuesday, May 15, from 10 a.m. to noon. The coffee is a meet-and-greet affair and veterans are welcome to drop in at any time to socialize with their comrades and inquire about services.

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World War II vet shares his story
World War II vet shares his story

The U.S. is losing its World War II veterans at a staggering rate. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, as of 2017 only 558,000 of the 16 million Americans who served remain.

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Webb, Vietnam vets to be recognized
Webb, Vietnam vets to be recognized

Everett Webb and his wife Darlynn of Hotchkiss attended the Delta County veterans' coffee last week where Everett received an eagle head cane recognizing his military service. The presentation of canes to honor returning veterans is an American tradition dating back to the Civil War.

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Delta County vets answer the call
Delta County vets answer the call

The Welcome Home Alliance for Veterans held a first-ever coffee event in Delta County on Feb. 20 and the turnout was encouraging. Forty-five veterans assembled in downtown Cedaredge to meet and greet others and learn about services.

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VFW, library team up to help troops

Lee Marts VFW Post 3571, its Auxiliary, and the Delta Library are teaming up again to help supply deployed active duty military men and women with "goodie boxes" from home.

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Welcome Home Alliance hosts coffee for vets

The Welcome Home Alliance for Veterans changed its name for a reason. "We used to be Welcome Home Montrose," says Mike Trickey, alliance executive director.

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A tribute to veterans
A tribute to veterans

Members of Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3571 and its auxiliary were joined by cadets from the Delta County squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, their leaders, and VFW auxiliary members from the Clifton post to decorate the American Service Women's Memorial in Collbran for Christmas.

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Airlift makes Christmas merrier for veterans
Airlift makes Christmas merrier for veterans

On Sunday, Dec. 10, members of Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3571 of Delta and Montrose VFW Post 784 met three incoming aircraft on the ramp of Atlantic Aviation in Montrose. The three planes were part of the joint Holiday Airlift sponsored by Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA) and the VFW, airlifting thousands of pounds of food and toys throughout the state to help brighten the holidays of many veterans and their families.

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Holiday Airlift assists needy veterans in Delta, Montrose

Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) Post #3571 of Delta is teaming up with the Colorado Aviation Business Association's (CABA) Holiday Airlift again to assist needy and homeless veterans and their families in the area.

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Students share thoughts of gratitude, hope for future
Students share thoughts of gratitude, hope for future

Several students from Cedaredge High School and Middle School submitted their writing to two Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) essay competitions: 'The Voice of Democracy' for grades 9-12 and 'Patriot's Pen' for grades 6-8. Older students wrote using the theme "American History: Our Hope for the Future" and the theme for younger students was "America's Gift to My Generation."

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Guild wraps local veterans in quilts
Guild wraps local veterans in quilts

A Veterans Day tradition continued Saturday, with a breakfast hosted by S&B Quilters Guild at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss. Twenty-five veterans and their families attended the event, the fourth held in Hotchkiss.

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Veterans honored at DMS assembly

Delta Middle School hosted its annual Veterans Day assembly on Friday, Nov. 10. This event honors those who have served our country in the armed forces, while highlighting for the students the many freedoms we enjoy because of their sacrifice.

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Cedaredge High School pays tribute to veterans
Cedaredge High School pays tribute to veterans

Cedaredge High School and Middle School (CHS and CMS) combined to celebrate Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 10, with an assembly honoring military veterans and their families. The moving and inspirational program included patriotic music and speeches, heartfelt essays, and a stirring video -- all performed by students with assistance from area veterans and teachers and staff.

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Get your tickets now for 'A Salute to Our Veterans'

Delta Elks Lodge is pleased to present "A Salute to our Veterans" Saturday, Nov. 11. The day will start with a free lunch for all veterans, their spouses and those currently serving our country from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge.

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POWs/MIAs remembered
POWs/MIAs remembered

Members of Delta's Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and Auxiliary #3571, and members of Delta's American Legion Post #65 conducted the Missing Man Table ceremony at Arby's in Delta last Friday.

They said that ceremonies would also be conducted at the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce office, and at Starvin' Arvin's.

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Girl Scouts donate cookies to troops
Girl Scouts donate cookies to troops

The members of Girl Scout Troop 15057 came to the April meeting of the Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and its Auxiliary bearing gifts. The gifts weren't for the VFW and Auxiliary members, but for the troops they support who are deployed overseas in harm's way.

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VFW post builds food pantry

Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3571 and its auxiliary are starting to build a food pantry for local area veterans.

Members of the post and auxiliary became aware of the need last December, when over 20 local veterans and families were helped through the partnership of the VFW and Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA).

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Seniors, disabled vets eligible for property tax exemption

The Colorado Constitution establishes a property tax exemption for senior citizens and disabled veterans. For those who qualify, 50 percent of the first $200,000 in actual value of the primary residence is exempted from property tax. The State of Colorado pays the property taxes on the exempted value.

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VFW distributes food to veterans
VFW distributes food to veterans

Members of VFW Post 3571 were able to distribute over 1,000 pounds of non-perishable food to 24 veterans and their families in the Delta area, thanks to a cooperative project between the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA).

CABA and the VFW worked together for the sixth year to make their Holiday Airlift a success statewide.

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VFW spreads holiday warmth
VFW spreads holiday warmth

Members of Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3571 and its Auxiliary donated most of their day Saturday, Dec. 17, to honor and remember American veterans.

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75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor observed
75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor observed

Delta's Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3571 and Auxiliary conducted a memorial observance on the 75th anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attacks on Pearl Harbor.

The observance was conducted Wednesday, Dec. 7, with a color guard and remarks by VFW District Commander Mike Stahly of Delta, Linda Stahly on behalf of the Auxiliary; and county commissioner Bruce Hovde.

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DMS salutes veterans
DMS salutes veterans

"We stand in the midst of true patriots and the family and friends of those who have nobly served," said Jen Ervin, Delta Middle School principal, as she welcomed those gathered for a Veterans Day assembly at Delta Middle School. While veterans were small in number, over half the students and faculty members stood when family members of active and retired service members were recognized.

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VFW, Dollar Tree join effort to assist needy veterans

Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) Post 3571 of Delta is teaming up with the Colorado Aviation Business Association's (CABA) Holiday Airlift and the Dollar Tree in Delta to assist needy and homeless veterans and their families in the area.

This will be the sixth year the VFW has worked with CABA to distribute food and toys to needy veterans.

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Guild wraps local veterans in quilts
Guild wraps local veterans in quilts

Veterans were honored last Saturday with quilts made by members of S&B Quilters' Guild. The event was held at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss.

At least a dozen quilts went home with veterans.

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Activities give meaning to Veterans Day
Activities give meaning to Veterans Day

A variety of activities in Surface Creek Valley last week hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, local community institutions, and by individuals emphasized the meaning of service to America symbolized by Veterans Day.

A combined assembly for high school and middle school students in Cedaredge provided a moving highlight to the valley's observances.

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Suits sought for nation's veterans

More than one million military personnel will be making the transition to the civilian workforce in the next couple of years. Many of these veterans may not have appropriate business attire to go to networking events, interviews or even to work.

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VFW, library team up to help troops

Lee Marts VFW Post 3571, its auxiliary and the Delta Library are teaming up again to help supply deployed active duty military men and women with "goodie boxes" from home.

This joint project, dubbed Operation Troop Bounty, provides a local way for community members to provide active duty military personnel with such useful and appreciated things as travel size toiletries, snacks (such as jerky, gum, individual size packs of snack crackers and cookies, and unfortunately exempting chocolate, which melts in so many environments), books, hard candy, individual packets of "baby wipes," packaged individual drinks (coffee, tea, cocoa, etc.), puzzles, combs and more.

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Upgrade in the works at VA Medical Center

The drive through that serves the Grand Junction VA Medical Center's main lobby entrance will be closed during the next 90 days for a security upgrade. Patients who have driven themselves to the facility's emergency room and after-hour visitors are asked to use caution when entering the building through the main entrance.

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Quilt of valor honors veteran's service
Quilt of valor honors veteran's service

Crawford resident Marty Smith does not want the sacrifices her husband Bruce made during the Vietnam War to be forgotten. Earlier this year she asked friends Janet Grigson and Diana Kuene to make him a quilt to honor that service.

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POW/MIA Day observed
POW/MIA Day observed

An observance of the Missing Man Table was conducted on National POW/MIA Recognition Day, Friday, Sept. 16, at the Fireside Restaurant in Delta.

Members of Delta's Lee Marts VFW Post and Auxiliary #3571 explained that a permanent Missing Man Table has been established there with permission of restaurant owner Ernst Schopp.

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Memorial Day honored in the North Fork
Memorial Day honored in the North Fork

With the waters of the swollen North Fork River roaring below, members of American Legion Wilson Head Post 97 held their annual ceremony at the Grand Avenue Bridge Monday while a small group of observers bowed their heads and held their hands over their hearts.

"Help us to remember with reverence the valor and devotion of our departed comrades," said Joe Kaputa, a former U.S. Marine who served in Vietnam.

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Veterans sought for Pioneer Days parade

The 38th annual Crawford Pioneer Days committee is seeking local veterans from all branches of the military to honor with a ride in the annual parade on Saturday, June 11. Regardless of age, branch served or time served, "We are really encouraging all of the area's military who can be here," said committee member Tristan Pfeffer.

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Brady Todd is youngest member of Crawford Legion
Brady Todd is youngest member of Crawford Legion

While the average age of American Legion members at Crawford Cemetery at last Sunday's Memorial Day service hovered somewhere above 60, those at the ceremony couldn't help but notice young Brady Todd. The former Marine is the newest member of the Crawford American Legion Lynch-Cotten Post 190.

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Legion honors veterans, members

Before the annual Memorial Day ceremonies began Sunday at Crawford Cemetery, American Legion District 11 Commander Jimmy Davidson recognized four long-time local Legion members. "They have been faithful members of Lynch-Cotten Post," Davis told the crowd of about 200 who had gathered for the occasion.

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Holiday airlift delivers food, toys to veterans
Holiday airlift delivers food, toys to veterans

Members of VFW Post 3571 in Delta and 784 in Montrose met an aircraft with three aircrew and over 1,000 pounds of food and toys for distribution to veterans in the Montrose and Delta area. The crew flew the aircraft to Montrose Regional Airport from Centennial Airport near Denver Wednesday, Dec. 23, as part of the annual CABA/VFW holiday airlift project.

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Pearl Harbor Day remembered
Pearl Harbor Day remembered

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day was observed in Delta on Monday, Dec. 7.

Members of Lee Marts VFW Post and Ladies Auxiliary #3571 conducted ceremonies at the Confluence Park river access ramp.

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JROTC, speakers highlight Veterans Day assembly
JROTC, speakers highlight Veterans Day assembly

Hotchkiss K-8 School was honored to have First Sergeant Lopez and cadets in the Delta High School JROTC program at its Veterans Day assembly. They presented the colors and taught the students about the meaning of the folding of the American flag.

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Support sought for VFW projects

Lee Marts VFW Post 3571 and its Auxiliary in Delta encourage all members of the community to help our local veterans. The post and auxiliary currently have two community-based projects going into the holidays.

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Veterans Day observed in Paonia
Veterans Day observed in Paonia

The six Paonia High School students who shared lunch with Vietnam veteran Joe Kaputa on Veterans Day paid close attention as the former Marine told of how he enlisted, his tours, and about spending time on the island of Okinawa. Much like the USO, said Kaputa, Okinawa was a place where members of the military could go and relax.

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Quilts donated to local vets
Quilts donated to local vets

Members of the S&B Quilters' Guild continued their tradition of presenting quilts to veterans by giving out more than 25 quilts to local veterans during their Nov. 14 meeting. A short program honoring veterans included a singing of "God Bless America."

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DMS celebrates Veterans Day
DMS celebrates Veterans Day

Veterans were honored at an assembly hosted by Delta Middle School on Nov. 11. Honored military included Randy Charlesworth, U.S. Air Force; Jerry Harding, a combined 26 years with the Marines and Army; Mike Stahly, a 20-year Army veteran; Louis Webb, U.S. Air Force; Noah McCulley, U.S. Air Force; Patrick Wear, U.S. Army; and David Rowland, 22 years, U.S. Air Force.

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Honoring our veterans
Honoring our veterans

Surface Creek Valley honored its veterans on Nov. 11. An assembly at Cedaredge High School was held to honor veterans and also student writers from the high school and middle school who entered and who won the patriotic essay contests sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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Keeping  the peace
Keeping the peace

Throughout the history of the United States its citizens have served in the military in times of war, times of peace, to keep the peace. In recognition of Veterans Day, we talked with three veterans about their military service in keeping the peace, and we thank them and all the other veterans for their service to our country.

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Operation Troop Bounty launched

Lee Marts VFW Post 3571, its Auxiliary, and the Delta Library are teaming up again to help supply deployed active duty military men and women with "goodie boxes" from home.

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VFW reaches out to needy and homeless veterans

Lee Marts VFW Post 3571 of Delta is teaming up with the Colorado Aviation Business Association's (CABA) holiday airlift and the local Dollar Tree in Delta to assist needy and homeless veterans and their families in the area.

This will be the fourth year that the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States has worked with CABA to distribute food and toys to needy veterans.

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PHS diploma presented 46 years after graduation
PHS diploma presented 46 years after graduation

It may have come 46 years after the fact, but Frank Michael Griffin is officially a high school graduate. Griffin was awarded an honorary diploma from Paonia High School during halftime ceremonies of Friday's Homecoming football game.

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