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Backlog of VA disability claims reduced by 34 percent

SUN Columnist The Department of Veterans Affairs has made significant progress in reducing the backlog of disability compensation claims — from 611,000 to 400,835 or 34 percent — since peaking…

Agent Orange, type 2 diabetes and veteran benefits

SUN Columnist It’s American Diabetes Month. Are you a veteran with diabetes mellitus type 2 who was exposed to Agent Orange during service? If so, you may be eligible for…

Who is a veteran? Title prerequisites

SUN Columnist Many veterans still do not know they are veterans. If you are a former or retired member of the United States Armed Forces, you may qualify for benefits…

VA resumes normal operations as government shutdown ends

SUN Columnist Employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs are working to resume normal operations as quickly as possible.  Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) regional offices have re-opened their doors and…

Veterans for Veterans group has information, support for local vets

By Mike Hayward Special to The SUN The Veterans for Veterans of Archuleta County meet weekly at the Quality Resort on the west end of town every Tuesday at 10…

Volunteer veterans make a difference

SUN Columnist My thanks to the American Legion Post 108 Honor Guard, who are local veterans. The members of this group are the volunteers who perform the burial ceremonies for…

Veterans’ field guide to government shutdown

By Raymond Taylor SUN Columnist Following are the services not impacted by a potential lapse in appropriations. • Military Sexual Trauma Counseling. • Readjustment Counseling Services (Vet Centers). • Interments…

Dora Manzanares: Gold Star Mother, a veteran’s friend

It is with great sadness that I write this. Dora Manzanares passed away last Friday. Dora was a Gold Star Mother who lost her son in Vietnam while he was…

Veterans for Veterans provides vital services

By Mike Hayward Special to The SUN The Veterans for Veterans of Archuleta County meet weekly, at 10 a.m. Tuesday, at the Quality Resort. There are a lot of things…

Holiday mailing deadlines announced

SUN Columnist The Navy has released the deadlines for mailing cards, letters and packages for arrival before Christmas Day. Customers should contact their local or civilian or military post office…