VSO closed for vacation, new clinic opens in Durango

The Archuleta County Veterans Service Office will be closed from June 26 through July 10 while I am on scheduled vacation.

The VSO may be open some afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m., manned by my VSO volunteer, Richard Dieterich. It is best you call first if you plan to stop by.

As happens every year at this time, the 2008-9 Veteran Trust Fund Grant has been completed this month and there is no more cash for reimbursement of travel or motel expenses. Hold your receipts and I will pay them when we do have additional funds, some time around August.

Meanwhile, we do have credit cards for gas and motel expenses. You will need to see this office before your planned trip for more information on this program.

New Durango VA Clinic

The Durango VA Clinic officially moved to its new location June 30, with an open house on that date. The new location for our nearest VA Clinic is at 1970 E. 3rd Ave. in Durango, which is the former Mercy Medical Center.

The new clinic will be in a larger facility, which will allow them to expand the clinic’s capacity to serve more veterans in the near future. The clinic provides enrolled veterans with primary and preventive health care, outpatient mental health services, Well Woman services, and laboratory services, among other specialized services.

The Durango VA Clinic phone number is 247-2214.

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, 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.