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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 our veterans in Archuleta County, even traveling to Arboles and Bayfield.

The team consists of rifleman for rifle salute, a bugler for TAPS, flag folding and flag presenters, and assistance to the family, performing the church service and/or gravesite ceremonies, on their own time and expense.

It is an honor to serve with them all.

Further information

For further Information on VA 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 Blvd.

I will be out of the office on the following days for regular scheduled meetings:

• Vets4Vets: Tuesday mornings, 0900-1200.

• Arboles Community Center, first and third Thursdays. Back around 1400.

• Pagosa Outreach Connection, 0830 to 1000 every Thursday.

The office number is 264-4013, fax number is 264-4014, cell number is 946-3590, and e-mail is raytaylor@archuletacounty.org. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. Bring your DD Form 214 (Discharge) for completing applications to VA programs or benefits for which the veteran may be entitled to, and a copy for filing in the Archuleta County VSO office. If the office is closed, I am out assisting veterans, leave me a message and phone number to contact you.

The following veterans groups meet in Pagosa Springs:

American Legion Post 108: second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m., 287 Hermosa St.

American Legion Post 108 Ladies Auxiliary: second Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m., 287 Hermosa St.

Veterans for Veterans: Every Tuesday at 10 a.m., Quality Resort.

Women’s Group of Spouses of Veterans: Every other Monday, 6 p.m., St. Patrick’s Episcopal Parish Hall, 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. Contact Charlotte, 731-1025.

Point Man Ministries’ Breakfast for Veterans 8:30 a.m. each Tuesday at Buffalo Inn, 164 N Pagosa Blvd. Contact Vincent, (435) 618-0049 or Vfortunato777@gmail.com.

Important numbers:

(970) 799-VETS, www.Vets4VetsPSCO.org.

Durango VA Outpatient Clinic, 247-2214.

Farmington VA Center. (505) 327-9684.

The Veterans Crisis Line offers free, confidential support to veterans in crisis, as well as to their family and friends 24/7/365. Call (800) 273-8255, chat online or text 838255.

This story was posted on October 16, 2013.