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Veterans with PTSD can attend Angel Fire retreats

The National Veterans Wellness and Healing Center in Angel Fire, N.M., will offer free, weeklong retreats this summer for veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and their spouses.

The retreats, which started on a pilot basis in 2011, are sponsored by the Wellness center and the State of New Mexico Department of Veterans Affairs, but are open to veterans nationwide.

Lodging, meals and therapy are provided at no cost in a truly awesome setting, nestled in the Sangre de Cristos Mountains.

The retreat includes individual and couples counseling as well as non-traditional therapies including acupuncture, yoga and massage therapy.

To qualify, veterans must be diagnosed with PTSD, must be in or have been in counseling, and must have been referred by a VA vets center.

For more info you can contact Hoot Gibson, vice president of the wellness center, at (575) 377-1082. You can download an application from the center’s website , At, which also lists retreat dates through Sept. 23, 2011.

Durango VA Clinic

The Durango VA Outpatient Clinic is located at 1970 E. 3rd Ave. Durango, Colorado 81301 (the old Mercy Medical Center). 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 (505) 239-2769 — and from the Farmington area on Mondays and Wednesdays. Call (505) 793-2915 or (505) 325-4775.

Further information

For information on these and other veterans’ benefits, please call or stop by the Archuleta County Veterans Service Office located at the Senior Center in the Pagosa Springs Community Center on Hot Springs Boulevard.

The office number is 264-4013, the fax number is 264-4014, cell number is 946-6648, and e-mail is The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Bring your DD Form 214 (Discharge) for application for VA programs, and for filing in the VSO office.

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