New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services

New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services 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.

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Learn more about our Rural Veterans Transportation Program
Rural Veterans Transportation Program | NM Department of Veterans Services

Learn more about our Rural Veterans Transportation Program

Rural Veterans Transportation Program The New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (NMDVS) has launched the Rural Veterans Transportation Program to service medical transportation needs for veterans in following counties: Cibola, Colfax, Guadalupe, Harding, Mora, Quay, San Miguel, and Socorro, and...


The Amarillo VA Health Care System is looking for RNs, LVNs, Nursing Assistants! Positions are open in Amarillo, Lubbock and Clovis. Interested? Email us at [email protected].

DVS wraps up two-week curbside property tax certificate drive-up service in AlbuquerqueLink to video story below SANTA F...
NM Dept. of Veterans Services 2021 Veterans Property Tax Exemption & Waiver Drive-Up Service

DVS wraps up two-week curbside property tax certificate drive-up service in Albuquerque

Link to video story below

SANTA FE--The New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS) wrapped up a two-week daily drive-up property tax certificate service today at its Albuquerque northeast heights office.

520 veterans and unmarried widows of veterans took advantage of this unique “carhop-style” curbside assistance by DVS staff with filing for the veterans property tax exemption or waiver, which are available for veterans or unmarried widows of veterans.

The property tax exemption is a $4,000 reduction off the taxable value of the veteran’s primary residence. The property tax waiver is available for veterans rated by the VA as 100% service-connected permanent-and-total disabled.

DVS staff wore safety masks due to COVID-19 public safety concerns. It took an average of 15-minutes for staff to verify and process the applications inside the DVS office. A property tax exemption or waiver certificate of eligibility was then brought out to the veteran or widow for them to give to their county assessor’s office to complete the process.

“We were pleased to provide this safe, quick and easy process over the course of the past two weeks,” said DVS Secretary Sonya L. Smith, who stopped by to greet veterans and thank them for their military service. “The response we received was overwhelmingly positive. Everyone who stopped by really appreciated the convenience of the service we provided.”

Throughout the year, veterans or unmarried widows of veterans can stop by any DVS office to apply for the exemption or waiver. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, DVS staff have been working remotely via phone, email, or mail—with DVS mailing the certificate within 5-10 business days.

“I think this is great. I was surprised that it didn’t take very long,” said retired U.S. Army Col. Guy Griffin, who applied for the exemption. “They said ‘Hey, come on down. We’ll do it right at the curb—and here I am. Now I still have time to get over to the county assessor.”

“This is awesome. I’ve kinda been putting it off. I tried to look into it…what all had to be done to get this, said retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Scott Defrates. “During the pandemic, I thought I’d have to wait a couple of weeks or longer to get my certificate. To be able to come here and get it all done all in one place, is a huge benefit.”

DVS has produced a video recapping the drive-up curbside service:

From April 19-30, 2021, the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services offered Veterans Property Tax Waiver Exemption & Waiver "drive-up" service. Veterans a...

Deadline approaching! Applications are  being accepted for the newly created Cannabis Regulatory Advisory Committee.The ...

Deadline approaching! Applications are being accepted for the newly created Cannabis Regulatory Advisory Committee.

The Cannabis Regulatory Advisory Committee will advise the Cannabis Control Division on the development of rules covering a variety of policy subject matters including, but not limited to, best practices, the promotion of economic and cultural diversity in licensing and employment opportunities, and protection of public health and safety, while ensuring a regulated environment for commercial cannabis activity that does not impose unreasonable barriers that would perpetuate the illicit market for cannabis.

Visit: for more information. Deadline to apply is May 3, 2021.

issues, transfers and revokes liquor licenses as specified in the Liquor Control Act. It also administers the Alcohol Server Training Program, educating licensees and servers to prevent sales of alcoholic beverages to minors and intoxicated persons.


COVID-19 vaccine opportunity in Albuquerque next Monday & Tuesday…for anyone with a disability who has not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine. You can all 1-800-432-2080 to register for this event.

Photos from Lt. Governor Howie Morales's post

Photos from Lt. Governor Howie Morales's post


The New Mexico Dept. of Health (DOH) has asked DVS to forward the information below.

State announces COVID-19 vaccine self-scheduling for New Mexicans 40 years and older

SANTA FE - The New Mexico Department of Health on Monday announced that registrants who are 40 years and older can now schedule their own COVID-19 vaccine appointments. To do so, users simply log in to using their confirmation code and date of birth, choose their location, and then select from available appointments in their area. Event codes for New Mexicans 40+ are no longer required, though they are required for younger populations.

“This has always been the goal - to provide New Mexicans as much flexibility as possible in scheduling their vaccine appointments ,” said DOH Cabinet Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins. “And in the coming weeks, we intend to offer self-scheduling for all New Mexicans 16 years and older.”

In the event that a user does not immediately find an available appointment, DOH encourages them to check back again. Providers are continually updating their appointment schedules.

Seniors and those with disabilities can also call 1-800-432-2080 for support with registration and scheduling.


April Newsletter

April Newsletter


Please take note of the change in dates and times for the vaccination.

Photos from New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services's post

Photos from New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services's post

Photos from City of Alamogordo - Government's post

Photos from City of Alamogordo - Government's post

DVS Farmington-Based Veterans Service Officer Selected as One of 27 Women VeteransFor a National VA Campaign Honoring Wo...
03/19/2021 | Veterans Affairs

DVS Farmington-Based Veterans Service Officer Selected as One of 27 Women Veterans

For a National VA Campaign Honoring Women Veteran Trailblazers

SANTA FE--New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS) Farmington-based veterans service officer Beverly Charley has been selected as one of 27 women veterans from across the country featured in a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national campaign celebrating Women’s History Month.

The women are highlighted in 2021 Trailblazers: Women Veterans Leading the Way, a campaign by VA’s Center for Women Veterans (CWV) honoring women the VA considers as trailblazers for their actions during and after their military service.

According to the CWV, the campaign showcases the impact these women have made on a single event or action or demonstrated over time in the areas of education, employment, entrepreneurship, homelessness, law, or mental health and wellness.

Ms. Charley is honored as one of the driving forces behind Operation Stand Down/Project Hand-Up, an event for homeless veterans in Farmington she helped organize in 2012 to provide clothing, a hot meal, housing assistance, counseling, and other services for homeless veterans. It is now an annual event in late October/early November.

“I am beyond honored,” said Ms. Charley, who was born and raised in the Farmington/Four Corners area. “I am deeply humbled and grateful to receive the trailblazer award with all these amazing women. I look forward to what other doors God is opening for me!!”

The campaign also honors Ms. Charley’s 14-years of honorable service in the U.S. Army, who completed her service as a sergeant, and mentions her additional role at DVS as the agency’s tribal liaison tasked with working with the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department on Native American issues.

“The entire DVS family is absolutely thrilled for Beverly,” said a beaming DVS Secretary Sonya L. Smith. “I want to thank the Center for Women Veterans for recognizing what we all know about her—she is a tireless worker who is dedicated to helping veterans and their families in the Four Corners area. We are proud and honored to have Beverly here at DVS.”

For more information on VA’s Center for Women Veterans 2021 Trailblazers: Women Veterans Leading the Way campaign, and a look at the 27 honorees:


Apply for and manage the VA benefits and services you’ve earned as a Veteran, Servicemember, or family member—like health care, disability, education, and more.

March Newsletter

March Newsletter


ATTN: Please see the new COVID-19 Guidance Update 14, effective 15 March. This guidance aligns with the State of New Mexico and CDC guidance.

Changes include:
-If you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, you do not need to contact COVID-Risk Assessment upon return from travel, unless symptomatic. Individuals are fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their second/final dose.
-Non-fully vaccinated personnel at risk for contracting COVID-19 may telework with supervisory approval.
-Vaccinated personnel are at a lower risk of contracting COVID-19, therefore, are not required to quarantine.

Questions and concerns should be directed to your chain-of-command, Key Spouses, and First Sergeants.


"Car Care Because We Care" is sponsored by your Air Force Aid Society. The free car care maintenance program from the Air Force Aid Society, Car Care Because We Care, is designed to keep the primary family vehicle of a deployed active duty military Air Force member in top running condition. This AFAS military benefit will help provide free car care preventive vehicle maintenance including oil/filter changes, fluid check and replacement and vehicle safety check.

Spouses of active duty Airmen deployed away from their duty station are eligible for the free Car Care Because We Care program. Service is limited to once per deployment (maximum of two times per calendar year) and is intended for the primary family vehicle only. The program is also extended to spouses of active duty Airmen assigned to a remote tour
**Program is also extended to First Term Airmen who come in to do a budget with the A&FRC**

FREE oil change (up to $50) at the Holloman AFB Auto Hobby Shop. Please bring a copy of the military deployment/remote assignment orders to the A&FRC to pick up your voucher for Car Care Because We Care.

Photos from 58th Special Operations Wing's post

Photos from 58th Special Operations Wing's post

Photos from Blue Star Mothers of Albuquerque - Rio Grande Valley Chapter 2's post

Photos from Blue Star Mothers of Albuquerque - Rio Grande Valley Chapter 2's post


Thank you to The Tamale Patrol for supporting the Albuquerque Fisher House! On Monday March 15, Chuck Zobac and Joe Kelly delivered three cases of tamales from Posa’s Tamales in Santa Fe. The Tamale Patrol is comprised of various Veterans who are committed to supporting the Albuquerque Fisher House. This generous donation helps ensure families here find the comfort they deserve—because a family's love is the best medicine.
The Albuquerque Fisher House has been providing a "home away from home" to eligible military or Veteran family members since October 2019. To date, the Albuquerque Fisher House has been able to welcome than 130 Military and Veteran families, saving them over $100,000 in lodging costs alone. If you would like to know more about the Albuquerque Fisher House, eligibility requirements (including COVID-19 screening criteria), or how you can help please visit


Base officials and the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center will be holding a public zoom meeting to discuss the ongoing efforts to address PFOS/PFOA. You can log into the meeting by going to the link below:
Zoom meeting ID: 720 339 0049


5201 Eagle Rock Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM

ABQ RIDE Providing Free Transportation to Veterans with V.A. Hospital Cards Service to Cardholders Began April 21, 2014 4/18/14 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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I was denied service at Garcia's Kitchen (Juan Tabo and Comanche) because I had my dog with me. I told the manager that I am a 100% disabled veteran and that my dog (a small 3-4 pound chihuahua) is a service dog. But the manager chased me off the premises. And this was in their outdoor setting (due to the COVID pandemic) when all inside dining was closed off.
Twice in my life I was practically knocked off my feet with pride! At both my parents funerals, as I was handed a folded American flag for appreciation of a great nation for their service! The sound of taps being played on a bugle bringing tears to my eyes! It meant so much to me and knowing I “earned” the same privilege made me stand that much taller. As I look back now the time on foreign soil wearing my uniform meant absolutely nothing! All I had to do was find some pregnant woman, beat her and hold a gun to her head while threatening to kill her and her unborn child! Sure would’ve been a lot easier doin it the “Pelosi” way!!! Any other veterans, or survivors of veterans out there share this gut wrenching feeling?
Help us do what's right and Honor our fallen brother!! Call and email the governor until she has no other option.
Attention Veterans and Service members Head over to The Fallen Outdoors west coast page. We are giving away a guided antelope (buck) hunt to a New Mexico Veteran or service member. Find my post and follow the instructions.
Hello, 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: • Sponsors • Donors • Volunteers • Guided Hunts/Trips donated. • Donated Land Leases • Landowners • Hunting Properties • Gold Panning Claims • Boats • Off Road Vehicles • Camouflage • Hunting Items • Bows/Rifles • 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, Justin Youngman Executive Director/Founder Changed by Nature Outdoors 501(c)3 [email protected] (928) 550-1111
The debut of the Navajo Code Talker exhibit here in Gallup NM!!
Navajo Code Talker Exhibit coming to the Gallup Cultural Center!
CLAIM TIPS 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!