VSO closed May 4-8 for training conference

I will be out of the office May 4-8 to attend a County Veterans Service Officer training conference in Denver. I will return May 11.

I am also scheduled for some vacation time starting May 15, though that time may be adjusted as we get closer to that date. As some of you may recall I was scheduled previously for some vacation time in March, which was interrupted when I received news that my 92-year-old mother was taken to an emergency hospital and was not expected to live.

I am happy to say she is recovering remarkably well for her advanced age and may be released for home in the near future.

Obviously any vacation plans still depend on her circumstances.

I appreciate the well wishes from so many veterans and friends when they heard about my mother’s condition last month.

I want to thank all my veterans for being so patient during my absences in March. For May please hold your questions and needs until I return May 11. I will be happy to assist each and every one of you at that time, including travel reimbursement.

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.

Durango VA Clinic

The Durango VA Outpatient Clinic is located at 400 South Camino Del Rio, Suite G, next to Big 5 Sports. Phone number is 247-2214.

Further information

For information on these and other veterans’ benefits, call or stop by the Archuleta County Veterans Service Office located at the Senior Center in the Pagosa Springs Community Center. The office number is 731-3837, the fax number is 264-4014, cell number is 946-6648, and e-mail is afautheree@archuletacounty.org. The office is open from 8 to 4, Monday through Friday. Bring your DD Form 214 (Discharge) for application for VA programs, and for filing in the VSO office.