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Health Benefits Renewal now online

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has automated its online Health Benefits Renewal (10-10EZR) form as part of its ongoing effort to streamline access to benefits.

“This action dramatically reduces the time it will take for enrolled veterans to submit updates to their demographic information and further reduces access barriers to needed care for veterans,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.

Previously, veterans filling out the online 10-10EZR were required to print a copy, sign it and send it to their local medical center before updates to their personal, insurance or financial information could occur. Veterans may now submit these updates online.

For additional information, go to www.va.gov/healtheligibility or call VA’s toll-free number at (877) 222-8387. The online form is available at www.1010ez.med.va.gov/sec/vha/1010ez/Form/1010ezr.pdf.

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 Ross Aragon 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 afautheree@archuletacounty.org. 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.

Durango VA Clinic

The Durango VA Outpatient Clinic is located at 1970 E. 3rd Ave. Durango, in the old Mercy Medical Center building. 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.

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