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By Charlotte Ann Jones
Special to The SUN
As the new year begins, new goals and projects begin, and so it is with Veterans for Veterans of Archuleta County.
Besides having regular Tuesday meetings at 10 a.m. at the Quality Resort, 3505 U.S. 160, a monthly evening meeting is held on the last Tuesday of the month for those veterans who work during the day.
A family night, called the “Chilly Chili Potluck,” is planned for Thursday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. at the Quality Resort in the ballroom. All veterans and their families are encouraged to attend. Chili will be cooked at home and other side dishes prepared; the chili will be tasted and judged, and a Chili King/Queen will be named. Recipes will be collected of the favorites and assembled into a cookbook.
Veterans for Veterans will continue to gather information through a survey to determine the needs and concerns of veterans in our rural area. The survey will provide data needed when applying for grants that will benefit our veterans.
More and more veterans are choosing to live in the Pagosa Springs area. At present, there are 1,500-plus veterans who live in Archuleta County (15 percent of the total population). Some of our veteran neighbors are suffering from the effects of their military service, i.e., Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, traumatic brain injuries, severe depression, effects of Agent Orange exposure and financial difficulties.
For more information, call (970) 799-VETS.