I would like to announce that a new Archuleta County Veterans Service Officer has been selected and hired.
His name is Raymond Taylor. He is retired Navy and past commander of the local American Legion Post 108. I have known Raymond for many years and am very confident he will make a fine Veterans Service Officer to handle all of your claims, benefits and other needs.
It has also been proposed that a part-time VSO assistant position will be added to veterans services to help the regular VSO in case of work load issues, vacations and other times away from the office.
As many of you may be aware, I am retiring as your Archuleta County Veterans Service Officer officially effective September 2, 2011. I want to thank all of you veterans, friends and well wishers for your many kind thoughts to me and my work for our veterans over these past ten plus years. It has indeed been an honor and a pleasure to serve all of you.
I plan to spend more time with my family and take care of my health. My wife and I are planning to relocate near Albuquerque, N.M., in the near future. She will be closer to better career opportunities, and I will be closer to the VA Medical Center and warmer climate for these old bones.
As far as I know, all of the current programs to assist veterans will continue in place. This will include the Colorado Veterans Trust Fund Grant program that provides vehicles and travel money for our veterans through the cooperative effort of the local American Legion and Archuleta County. Veterans will be able to seek the assistance of this VSO office for all of their claims and benefit needs.
Thank you my friends and brethren of the military for allowing me the honor of working with and for you. I know for me it has been the most rewarding work I have ever done in my life.
What was the famous saying? ”Old soldiers never die, they just put more miles on their motorcycles,” or something like that.
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 Ross Aragon Community Center on Hot Springs Boulevard The office number is 264-4013.