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Veterans seeking assistance accessing Veterans Affairs-provided health care through the military-service-connected disability program have a chance to meet with a benefits expert from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at the Veterans TeleHealth Clinic, 2425 South Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs.

In addition to providing assistance with service-connected disability claims, the VA Benefits Administration is responsible for VA pensions, home loans, G.I. Bill programs and much more.

Veterans may also be eligible for VA provided health care under the Income Threshold program, or one of the Special and Limited Access Programs such as service in Vietnam.

For more information on these programs visit http://www.grandjunction. and click on the “Do I Qualify” button at the bottom of the page.

Colorado State University Extension (CSUE) on the Western Slope is recruiting volunteers who will attend regional in-depth training sessions on food safety and food preservation, and afterwards will share their knowledge by volunteering in the community.

CSUE is excited to offer the Master Food Safety Advisor (MFSA) program for people who have an interest in food safety and food science or love to cook or preserve food. CSUE is offering intensive regional training on food safety and prevention of foodborne illness, methods of canning, pickling, freezing and dehydrating. Master Food Safety Advisors must apply for selection to be in the program, must attend all trainings, work cooperatively with other volunteers and give a minimum of 20 hours of service to the community by sharing their knowledge and teaching others.

Training will be conducted on Wednesdays, March 7, 14 and 2 with a Local Planning Day on March 28 for Garfield County volunteers. The training is held at the Garfield County Extension Office, Event Hall, 1001 Railroad Ave. in Rifle (at the fairgrounds).

Openings in the Master Food Safety Advisor program are limited. The cost of the training is $125 with a commitment of 20 hours of volunteer service.

Applications are available at the Eagle County Extension Office at 441 Broadway, Eagle, or on the website Applications are due Feb. 24.

For more information on becoming a Master Food Safety Advisor volunteer, contact Glenda Wentworth at or (970) 328-8630.

Hospice of the Valley will provide volunteer training from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, and from from 8:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, in the Cooper Room at the Hotel Denver in Glenwood Springs.

To ensure that all volunteers are prepared for the challenge of working with the dying, all are required to complete an orientation and training session that covers various topics such as end-of-life issues, the dying process, grief and loss communication, the physical and spiritual aspects of death and dying, as well as information about pain and symptom management.

Professional staff trains volunteers to work in areas of our organization that include administration, patient care, and support services for families and caregivers.

Call Wendy Steckler for details at 970-544-1568, e-mail or visit to read our blog and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Register by Monday, Jan. 16.

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