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We honor the veterans we lost this year

This week, we celebrated Veterans Day with services on Sunday and a breakfast with the eighth grade on Monday.

Many thanks to all who participated and supported each of these endeavors, veterans and their families, the eighth graders and Scott White, and those families who volunteered their time, and energy for a successful breakfast.

Please do not forget those local veterans who have passed on during the last year since Veterans Day 2011.  Following is a list, to the best of my knowledge, of these veterans.

Mark Clifford Anderson, U.S. Army, Nov.  12, 2011.

David Boulet, U.S. Army,  Dec. 27, 2011.

Chester D. Miller, U.S.  Air Force, Jan. 21, 2012.

Vernon C. LeClerg, U.S. Army, Jan. 26, 2012.

Armando Oliva, U.S. Army Air Corps, Feb. 2, 2012.

W.B. “Bill” Appenzeller, U.S.  Navy, Feb. 9, 2012.

Tony S. Lopez, U.S. Army, Feb. 11, 2012.

William S. Hines, U.S. Army, Feb. 21, 2012.

Cecil E. Tackett, U.S. Army Air Corps., March 2, 2012.

William (Bill) Carnicom, U.S. Army Air Corps, March 9, 2012.

Eleanor Catherine Mellberg, U.S. Air Force, March 9, 2012.

Curtis R. Roderick, U.S.  Marine Corps, April 22, 2012.

Frederick Beach, U.S. Navy, April 25, 2012.

Bert Hyde, U.S.  Navy, April 26, 2012.

Kenneth LeRoy Hotz, U.S. Army Air Corps, May 2, 2012.

Jack Gilbert Jones, U.S. Army, May 14, 2012.

Charlie Young, U.S.  Navy, May 31, 2012.

Alfred Wood, U.S.  Air Force, June 9, 2012.

Boyd Emerson Bunning, U.S. Army, June 14, 2012.

Ralph (Leroy) Oldham, U.S.  Navy, June 17, 2012.

Wiley Lewis Seale, U.S. Army, June 27, 2012.

John M. Grant, U.S. Navy, July 3, 2012.

Wayne Hare, U.S. Army Air Corps, July 6, 2012.

Terry Gene Liles, U.S. Air Force, July 13, 2012.

Milton C. Brunder, U.S.  Navy, July 18, 2012.

Bobby Lynn Page, U.S.  Air Force, July 18, 2012.

Charles Edward Day, U.S.  Air Force, July 28, 2012.

Richard (Dick) DeVore, U.S. Army, Aug. 6, 2012.

Paul William Peterson, U.S. Army, Aug. 9, 2012.

Edward Kaumeyer, U.S. Army, Sept. 4, 2012.

Joseph C. Hannigan, U.S. Army Air Corps, Sept. 14, 2012.

David A. Kuhn, U.S. Army, Oct. 5, 2012.

To these veterans’ families, as a veteran and as a sailor, I wish you fair winds and fallowing seas.  Thank you for your sacrifices for our veterans and country.  Thank you for your service, each and every veteran, and all active-duty service members.

Trust fund grant

The American legion Trust Fund Grant for 2012-2013 has been approved and the funds are available now.

The Trust Fund Grant has directed a change of rules. All requests for travel/lodging reimbursement must have the following:  Printed copy of appointment, copy of receipt for gas payment and/or receipt of lodging payment.  Payment from Trust Fund will be to amount on receipts:  No receipt — no payment. In addition, the Trust Fund will not pay past reimbursements, on any travel made prior to funds being available, as it is not authorized by state law.  Ensure you apply for travel through VAMC Albuquerque, whenever possible.

If a veteran is eligible for VA Travel payments,  no reimbursements are authorized through the Trust Fund Grant.

Benefits

For information on VA benefits, call or stop by the Archuleta County Veterans Service Office, located at the Senior Center in the Ross Aragon Community Center.

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 p.m., Monday through Friday. Bring your DD Form 214 (Discharge) for applications to VA programs or benefits for which the veteran may be entitled to enroll, and for filing in the Archuleta County VSO office.

Meetings

The following veterans groups meet in Pagosa Springs:

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

Veterans for Veterans: every Tuesday, 10 a.m., Quality Inn.

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 Ministry (veterans): every Thursday, 9 a.m., Buffalo Inn.

Contacts

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 their family and friends 24/7, 365 days a year. Call (800) 273-8255, chat online, or text 838255.

This story was posted on November 19, 2012.