Supporting the Military and their Families
The Town Council recently adopted a resolution approving a Community Covenant for Springdale. This is a statement of support for the members of the military, Veterans and their families who live in our community. The Towns of Rockville and Virgin also recently adopted similar Community Covenant resolutions.
The Community Covenant Program was created in 2008 by the United States Army, but the program is designed to reach out to all military service members of all the branches of service. The Community Covenant program is a way for cities and towns to formally give their support to service members, Veterans and their families.
Through the program, cities and towns can create and tailor their own Community Covenants to make them unique to the needs of the community and the military families who live reside there.
As part of the Community Covenant, the Towns of Springdale, Rockville and Virgin have appointed a military liaison to assist the towns in helping military families. Bob Kelly, an Army Veteran, has accepted the task of coordinating military support efforts in the Zion Canyon area and has been appointed by all three towns. He will be writing regular articles for the newsletter and website, the first in this issue (see his introductory article in the next column). Bob is very enthusiastic about helping members of the military, both those serving and Veterans. If you need his assistance, or just an ear to talk to, he is there to help. He can be reached at 435-635-5507.
(Introducing Bob Kelly)
This is our very first "Covenant Community" Town newsletter missive...sounds sorta military already. As a caring community, or in our special case, one of three special neighboring towns, we have covenanted with the local Guard, Reserve, Active duty, and of course our Honored Veteran community’s. They are caring for us and we are caring for them and their families. We are a terrific WIN-WIN association.
As the liaison veteran for each of our three towns here in Zion Canyon, I will be available to provide information and help for all of our service men and women, and their very important military families here at home. Plus the entire communities.
On a personal note, I am an Army veteran having served from Jan 1958 thru March of 1962. That means I am old enough to know better than to volunteer for this very special assignment. Actually I was very pleased to have been asked to help our military members and their families. It is an honor to serve.
Additionally I am the Past Commander of American Legion post 142 and a founding member of the “ SW Utah Veterans Coalition”. Somewhere I find time to serve as the Service Officer for the District 7 American Legion. This is the part most likely to help our towns.
Each month I will try to provide some pieces of information that will be helpful to the military and the entire community. It is our hope that the goodies contained in the articles will help our, “Guys and Girls”, and their families.
So here goes the first tidbit of Vet Info. Everyone with any percentage of service-connected disability will have an annual letter from the VA stating the percent of the disability. The very same percentage is applicable to your property taxes. You will pay less. PLUS it also applies to the annual tax on your personal usage cars and trucks… WOW!!!!
There is a simple form available at the county assessors office in St. George and I have a small supply. Call me.
Additionally, and more importantly to the entire community, not just our military folks, there is a terrific real estate abatement (Less Tax Dollars) available for every household with less than $30,688 of 2012 countable income. Countable means gross income less all non-reimbursed medical expenses.
And finally, my good friend Bruce Solomon, is a “trained to help” VA military returnee adjustment counselor at the local VET CENTER, which is fully separate from the local CBOC. The Community Based Outpatient Center is only for our regular medical services. I have enrollment forms applicable to both centers..
The Vet Centers’ phone number is 435 673-4498. Bruce is anxious to help the military returnee and their family with any and every kind of adjustment difficulty. On top of that he has walked the walk. Bruce is a Nam Vet who has successfully experienced the return to home adjustment difficulties. So call Bruce and tell him Bob Kelly sent you… he has a great laugh!
Remember my name and phone number and call at any time - BOB KELLY 635-5507.
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO VETERANS??Hour of Operation: The Utah Department of Veterans Affairs office hours are: Mon /Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Utah Veterans Legal Clinic ?Talk to an attorney at no cost...2nd Thursday of each month, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm?At the VA Medical Center, Bldg 8, Multipurpose Center...CALL AT VA Medical Center 1-800-613-4012
The Utah Veterans Voice Newspaper?It is a quarterly newspaper focusing on issues that affect Veterans. It is available for subscription or VOICE SPRING 2013. You may also view past issues.
Sponsor a Room in our New Nursing Homes?The New Veterans Nursing Homes at Ivins and Payson are looking to improve the quality of the furnishings in the individual rooms. You can sponsor a room in either Payson or Ivins, to assist in that effort, Call 1-800-894-9497 for details.
Videos for Sale?The Department has two training videos titled: "The Walking Wounded" and "Transmission on Transition". These are excellent for training purposes. They are $10.00 each. Call for details.?Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)?VRAP offers 12 months of training assistance to Veterans who are between 35 to 60 years old. Eligible participants will receive up to 12 months of training. Currently, for full time the amount is $1,473 a month
Veterans Service Organizations Help You File Your VA Claims For FREE!!! Do not pay for this service when VA Accredited Organizations will do this for FREE!!! National Service Organizations
If you are, or know, a Veteran who wants to hurt himself, please call the VA Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). IN THE ST. GEORGE AREA CALL 435-673-4494
NAM / NAVY VETS INFORMATION BLUE WATER /BROWN WATER The VA Posts Online the List of Ships Associated with "Presumptive " Agent Orange Exposure. GO TO WWW.VA.GOV
Commonly Used Numbers
• VA Regional Office 1-800-827-1000
• VA Medical Center 1-800-613-4012 or local 582-1565
• VA Medical Center Enrollment Office 801-584-2585
• Pharmacy Refills 801-584-2525
• VA Education Line 1-888-442-4551
• VA Home Loan Office 1-888-244-6711
• Salt Lake City Veterans Nursing Home 801-584-1900
• George E Wahlen Ogden Veterans Home 801-334-4300
• Veterans Cemetery 801-254-9036
• Vet Center, Provo 801-377-1117
• Vet Center, Salt Lake 801-266-1499
• Vet Center, St. George 435-673-4494
• 24 Hour RCS Combat Call Center 1-877-WAR-VETS (1-877-927-8387)
• Champ VA 1-800-733-8387
Veteran's Service Organizations
• American Legion (AL) 801-326-2380
• Disabled American Veterans (DAV) 801-326-2375
• Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) 801-326-2471
• Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) (801)-326-2385