Position: Serving Veterans

Email: schleeterrs@co.laplata.co.us

County needs provider for readjustment counseling services

The Vet Center program was established by Congress in 1979 out of recognition that significant numbers of Vietnam Era veterans were experiencing readjustment problems. Congress later extended this...

DATE: May 12, 2012 | COLUMN: Serving Veterans

Legislation offers more benefits for veterans

With the passage of the Vow to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, new benefits are available to unemployed veterans. Veterans may qualify for additional education benefits, and veterans with...

DATE: March 3, 2012 | COLUMN: Serving Veterans

Veterans have options in health emergency

When faced with an emergency, veterans who need health care might have options outside Veterans Administration health services.Under the Fee Program, (also called Fee Basis or Non-VA care), the VA...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2012 | COLUMN: Serving Veterans

Make new year a time to check your benefits

Happy New Year. Nobody really knows what the future holds. It’s a brand-new year, so start it right by paying a visit to your local Veterans Service Office to find out what Veterans Administration...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2011 | COLUMN: Serving Veterans

Durango VFW to remember Pearl Harbor

“December 7th, 1941, a date which will live in infamy. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people, in their righteous might, will win through to...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2011 | COLUMN: Serving Veterans

Homelake Center offers wide range of care

Homelake Veterans Center near Monte Vista was established in 1889 as the Soldiers and Sailors Home, providing a peaceful home for aging disabled Civil War veterans. Homelake, which believes in...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2011 | COLUMN: Serving Veterans

Program uses fly fishing to help heal

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing strives to effectively serve past and present members of our armed forces who have made great sacrifices in the service of our nation. The mission of this project...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2011 | COLUMN: Serving Veterans

Disability, pension: How to file a claim with the VA

When you file for a disability or pension claim from the Veterans Administration, you will be scheduled by your VA Regional Claims Center for a Compensation & Pension Exam. The information from...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2011 | COLUMN: Serving Veterans

A review of major benefits available to veterans

A variety of benefits are available to veterans and members of their families. Here is a brief summary, plus information about benefits the state offers and a Western Slope program. Veterans...

DATE: June 25, 2011 | COLUMN: Serving Veterans

Memorial Day events to honor fallen service members

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it was initiated to commemorate U.S. soldiers who died while in the...

DATE: May 21, 2011 | COLUMN: Serving Veterans

Transportation program helps veterans travel to VA hospital

The Disabled American Veterans transportation program is designed to assist veterans who have no other means of transportation in getting from Durango to the VA hospital in Albuquerque. The program...

DATE: April 23, 2011 | COLUMN: Serving Veterans

Local events part of County Government Month

National County Government Month is celebrated each April by the nation’s counties to raise public awareness and understanding about the roles and responsibilities of county government. The 2011...

DATE: March 26, 2011 | COLUMN: Serving Veterans

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