The Pagosa Springs American Legion Veterans Service Organization is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that depends entirely upon active membership and volunteerism for all activities and programs that the Legion participates in. The Commander of our American Legion is David Lopez, and he can be reached at 970 731-8448 for any questions regarding our Legion Post.
Mullins-Nickerson Post 108 of Pagosa Springs was organized and established on February 18, 1920. The current name pays tribute to two local men who perished in the service of their country. Lester W. Mullins was killed in action in the Battle of Belleau Wood near the Marne River in France in 1918. Joseph Nickerson endured the Battan Death March in the Philippines and perished in the Philippines in 1943.
The American Legion is the nation’s largest veteran’s service organization. Chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919, the American Legion is committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security and is an advocate for service members and veterans of all services.
In 1947, a one-room school house, located on Hermosa Street in the Town Park, was donated to Post 108. This small, historic building is still used by Post 108 today for its meetings and activities. American Legion Post 108 is actively involved with the community and participates in as many local events as possible. Over the last few years, Post 108 has donated two, $1,000 college scholarships each year to graduating seniors of Pagosa Springs High School whose parents are veterans. Post 108 sponsors the annual America Legion Softball Tournament in July. Post 108 has Bingo Night every first, third and fifth Thursday of the Month at the Legion Hall at 287 Hermosa St. Post 108 is actively involved with the local Adopt-a-Highway program. You will see many local members picking up trash and debris off a two-mile stretch of U.S. 84 south of Pagosa Springs in the spring and fall. Post 108 participates in veteran-related activities on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and on Veteran’s Day, particularly with its Honor Guard. Post 108 is proud of its Honor Guard. In addition to providing Honor Guard services on important national holidays, the Honor Guard is often seen at the Spanish Fiesta and other community gatherings. The most important service provided by the Post 108 Honor Guard is the funeral detail that is provided to all Archuleta County veterans when requested. The Honor Guard provides full military burial honors at all burials in remembrance of a veteran if military honors are requested.
Post 108 works closely with Archuleta County Veterans Service Officer Andy Fautheree to help local veterans, most notably through the Colorado Veterans Trust Fund, with money to assist with travel to their VA Health Care Appointments.
Mullins-Nickerson Post 108 meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Legion Hall on Hermosa Street. Post 108 invites all local veterans to attend our meetings and become a valued member of Veteran’s Organization that serves all veterans and the local community.
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.
Durango VA Clinic
The Durango VA Outpatient Clinic is located at 1970 E. 3rd Ave., Durango, C) 81301 (The old Mercy Medical Center). The phone number is (970) 247-2214.
For further information
For information on these and other veteran’s 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 Blvd. The office number is 264-4013, the fax number is 264-4014, cell number is 946-6648, and e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.