NMDVS is a state agency responsible for the advocacy, assistance and outreach for veterans in need of healthcare
The New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services
New Mexico has a long and proud military legacy dating back before it became the nation’s 47th state on January 6, 1912. From its early “citizen soldiers” who trekked up the El Camino Real, through the formation of the “New Mexico Territory”...through the Battle of Glorieta during the Civil War...playing a major role in Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders... on through World War I…World War II’s Navajo Code Talkers and the brave men of the 200th and 515th Coastal Artillery Unit who endured the infamous Bataan Death March…through the wars in Korea, Vietnam, and the current Middle East crisis--New Mexicans have always served with honor and distinction at one of the highest rates of service of any state in our nation.
In 2003, after finally recognizing this long history of service by its citizens, the New Mexico State Legislature passed the Veterans Service Department Act to elevate the venerable New Mexico Veterans Commission to a cabinet-level agency—the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services—providing our state’s veterans a cabinet-level voice within the executive branch of state government. The agency is led by the Cabinet Secretary, who is appointed by and reports directly to the Governor.
Mission: Our Vision
To be the premier veterans’ service provider and advocate in the nation.
To assist veterans, their widows, and their children in establishing the privileges which they are legally entitled.
The New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services (NMDVS) was established in 2003 to provide veterans with a cabinet-level agency to address their needs.
It is because of the hard work by the NMDVS staff that New Mexico consistently ranks near the top of the list for successfully-filed VA benefits claims by states on behalf of veterans
On 8 August, 1966, Major Howard V. Lee of 3rd Marine Division moved rapidly to reinforce a besieged platoon in south Vietnam with seven other Marines in two helicopters, landing in a "hot" zone and scaling up a hill to reach the platoon to help strengthen their men. Wounded by shrapnel, Major V. Lee...
Veterans group urges White House task force to release plan for suicide prevention after delays
Citing the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout as a source of mental stress, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America called on Secretary Robert Wilkie to publish the VA's past-due plan to prevent veteran suicide.
150th Special Operations Wing
The 150th Maintenance Group gets an CV-22 Osprey fueled up and ready to take flight across New Mexico skies. Everyday our Airmen rely on MXG to be the best in the business to make sure that they have safe flight and get home to their families at the end of the day. When you see these birds flying overhead, remember, MXG is keeping it in the air. Photos by Senior Airman Ryan Sanders.
Air National Guard
New Mexico National Guard
NMNG delivers PPE, food, water, supplies to Navajo Nation
Neighbors (Vecinos) helping Neighbors - New Mexico National Guard Soldiers and Airmen working for Joint Task Force COVID made sure PPE, food, water and commodities were picked up, received and palletized in Window Rock distribution center in support of the Navajo Nation and President Jonathan Nez. Those supplies will be delivered to the Navajo Nation's Chapter houses.
The NMNG currently has about 600 Soldiers and Airmen working for JTF COVID who continue to support citizens in need throughout the state.
Fort Bliss Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program
Veterans Crisis Line: Suicide Prevention Hotline, Text & Chat
Free, confidential support for Veterans in crisis and their families and friends. Call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or text to 838255.
U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range
The Army's 245th birthday is upon this year. The United States Army was established June 14, 1775. We are America's Army and when we are needed we are there. In this time of national crisis, we must protect our people to protect the nation, while continuing to train, equip the Force and be ready for any challenge. U.S. Army #ArmyBday
New Mexico Adjutant General
We had an excellent drill weekend this past weekend. Congratulations to those Airmen that were recognized by their supervisors. Also congratulations to CCM Brad Chambers for a successful tour as the State Command Chief Master Sergeant. Welcome CCM Sandoval officially to your assignment. You are the right NCO at the right time for this job.
Holloman Force Support Squadron
Sign ups go LIVE at 11 a.m. TODAY!
If you got to splash with us this week, please wait 24 hours after sign ups open to reserve your spot to allow an opportunity for others.
Great news! Kiddie pool and additional session are now available. Please go to www.hollomanfss.com to reserve your spot!
House Committee on Veterans' Affairs GOP
Saturday was the 2 year anniversary of the MISSION Act being signed into law by President Donald J. Trump and the 1 year anniversary of the MISSION Act community care program going live.
Since then, there has been a transformation at VA and our veterans are better served because of it.
Because of the MISSION Act:
✅ Veterans have a choice in where to receive their care, including at urgent and walk-in care clinics
✅ Veterans trust in VA care has reached an all-time high at 80%
✅ Veterans can receive timely, quality care from providers in VA and the community
Pandemic makes for a lonely D-Day observance in Normandy
COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (Associated Press) -- At daybreak on Saturday, Charles Shay stood lonesome without any fellow veteran on the very same beach where he waded ashore 76 years ago, part of one of the most epic battles…
Holloman AFB lowers health threat as virus cases slow
HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, NM (KTSM) — Holloman Air Force Base lowered their health threat Saturday for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began March. The Health Protection Condition (…
U.S. Secretary of Defense
Everyone leaving the landing craft faced a determined enemy. Private First Class Henry Parham, now 98, hit Omaha Beach in the third wave and remained there for 68 days. He later said, “Of course I was scared for my life… but I did my duty. I did what I was supposed to as an American.”
Ever wonder what a CV-22 and crew go through once they leave the Kirtland airfield?? Well, here’s the Squadron Superintendent to show you a little bit of that. Awesome stuff and even more awesome Airmen!
Army National Guard Education Services
June 6, 1944, American Soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy to help the Allied forces and began the liberation of Europe. More than 10,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded. Today we honor and remember their courage and sacrifice.
WWII veteran Jonas Bender, one of first black US Marines, dies at 94
A visitation will be held today for World War II veteran Jonas Bender who was one of the first African Americans to join the U.S. Marines. "At the time of his draft, the Marine Corps was an unequal and segregated institution," according to his obituary. "He trained at the segregated Montford Point i...
U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range
Today is Flyer Friday! Check out updates from around the base.
Local veterans help lead relief efforts during pandemic
As the COVID-19 pandemic swept through the country, the Northwest region of New Mexico was one of the hardest hit areas; inspiring local veterans to take action to ensure families were not left without food and other essential items. “This pandemic...
The last American to collect a Civil War pension - $73.13 a month - has just died.
The check arrived every month: $73.13. Irene Triplett, who lived in a North Carolina nursing home, rarely talked about the source of the money. She was the final American to receive a pension from the Civil War - $877.56 a year from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The jaw-dropping fact that some...
Medal of Honor recipient Daniel Inouye's battlefield heroism gets the graphic novel treatment
Medal of Honor recipient Daniel Inouye's life reads like the origin story of a super hero, so it seems only natural that he should recieve the comic book treatment.
5201 Eagle Rock Ave NE Albuquerque, NM 87113
ABQ RIDE Providing Free Transportation to Veterans with V.A. Hospital Cards
Service to Cardholders Began April 21, 2014
Mayor Richard J. Berry has announced a new program to benefit veterans with specific medical credentials. Veterans who are enrolled in the Veterans Administration (V.A.) Health Care system and have their Veterans Identification Card will now be able to ride, free of charge, on ABQ RIDE starting April 21, 2014.
Any veteran with a Department of Veterans Affairs identification card or newly issued U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs identification card is eligible for free rides. This also applies to any veterans living in or out of New Mexico, as long as they display a Veterans Identification Card when boarding a bus.
“At the city of Albuquerque, it is our honor to be able to provide this free service to veterans who are part of the VA health care system,” stated Mayor Berry. “Considering the tremendous sacrifices they have made in service to our country, it is a small gesture but one that we hope will be beneficial to them in receiving the medical care that they require.”
“VA Healthcare participants will also have more freedom of transportation by this program to the many other services and opportunities within Albuquerque,” said Roger Newall, the Veterans Affairs Liaison for Mayor Berry. “And perhaps this program will encourage more veterans to enroll in the Veterans Administration Healthcare System to receive the many benefits and services offered.”
Planning for this program began earlier this year between ABQ RIDE and the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services, as a way to get veterans in the area better access to health care. Veterans with the Identification Card who qualify for paratransit service will also be able to receive free rides on Sun Van. Veterans who are not enrolled within the VA Hospital Healthcare System are not eligible for this benefit.
With this program, Albuquerque joins a list of cities such as Chicago, Duluth, Rochester, San Francisco, Oakland and Gainesville, FL which offer free rides to veterans on both fixed route and paratransit buses.
“We are proud to provide this benefit to a most worthy group of citizens,” said Bruce Rizzieri, Director of ABQ RIDE. “Now, almost all veterans within New Mexico using the V.A.’s Hospital Services can use affordable, public transportation to get to and from their appointments.”
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2019 Metro Public Safety Day & Recruitment Event
10am to 2pm
May 11th, 2019
2019 Metro Public Safety Day & Recruitment Event
Construction site at Fort Stanton Veterans Cemetery.
My name is Justin Youngman the Founder/Executive Director for Changed by Nature Outdoors. Changed by Nature is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides free outdoor opportunities to military, veterans, law enforcement, first responders, disabled and our youth generation.
We take our members outdoors and try to give them the opportunity to do a wide variety of activities such as gold panning, hiking, hunting, fishing, kayaking, boating, 4x4 off roading and much more.. if its outdoor related we try to incorporate it into our events for these individuals.
We have some really cool events coming up and we are reaching out in the hopes that you would like to join us as we try to get as many organizations, businesses, companies and people together so we could help stop the 22 veterans a day that end their life, by giving them a glimmer of hope in their despair, getting them outdoors and enjoying life in the great outdoors. With the help of all our sponsors, donors, volunteers and recipients we have been able to save 7 veterans and 2 gold star moms from hurting themselves.
Mission and Values:
We here at Changed by Nature Outdoors take pride in providing military, Veterans, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Youth and People with disabilities and opportunity to experience Mother Nature and the Great Outdoors. We provide a fun and unforgettable outdoor experience to everyone we can. We want to provide everyone the opportunity to see how much Mother Nature can help our minds and souls by passing on valuable lessons and skills that have been passed on from generation to generation.
What we need:
• Guided Hunts/Trips donated.
• Donated Land Leases
• Hunting Properties
• Gold Panning Claims
• Off Road Vehicles
• Hunting Items
• Side By Side
• Anything else outdoors related
We would like to say Thank You to the Men and Women who put their lives on the line everyday past and present and the ones who have gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms and rights.
We really appreciate you taking the time to read this letter and we hope that we can work together soon.
Thank You for your Time,
Changed by Nature Outdoors 501(c)3
The debut of the Navajo Code Talker exhibit here in Gallup NM!!
A lot of claims get denied even thou you have the disability. What is most important is what you WRITE. The disability could exist, but if your doctor is not writing the correct verbiage, to match your medical documentation, your claim could be denied.
It is important that every veteran request a copy of their C-File.
Every veteran needs to review CFR 38, Part 4, Sub part B, this regulation explains how VA rates each disability in accordance to severity. It is not advisable to submit your claim until you have read up on how VA rates each of your disabilities. This will give you a better understanding of the medical information needed in order to receive a rating.
If you believe you deserve 50 percent for a certain disability, you must ensure all of your documentation meets the requirement for 50 percent according to CFR 38, Part 4, Sub part B.
There is a lot of necessary leg work each veteran must do. To simply give your record to a VSO, and have them figure out what is in your record is not the approach that should be taken.
Each veteran needs to go through each page in their record with a fine tooth comb, Identify all disabilities that started or were aggravated by military service. Then sort out every page that relates to a disability and put them all together. It is easier to organize your information, so it won't be like looking for a needle in a haystack. On a separate piece of paper, organize each disability in a chronological order, and put each reference to that disability down. You must put date, diagnosis, location, and doctor. This will help paint a clear picture for the rater. They will be able to see when the problem began, and that it started and was aggravated by military service. This will also show that the condition still exist and it is chronic. Put the information together so VA can find it easy. This is the way that I organize my clients claims, which results in positive outcomes.
If you have secondary conditions make sure you have a nexus letter from your doctor connecting the secondary condition, to the condition that started while you were in the military.
Make sure you get Buddy Statements they will help your case. You can also research VBA decisions related to your disability to understand how other veterans are getting positive decisions.
Also have your doctor to fill out DBQ forms, sometimes they may not. It may be worth it to get a 2nd opinion and pay for the DBQ to be filled out.
Each veteran is their best advocate, so you have to put in some work!
If you follow this advice, it will save you from your claim being held up in the appeals process for years.
EACH ONE TEACH ONE!
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