VA Seeks Partnerships to Build and Improve Health-care Facilities

Source: VA Seeks Partnerships to Build and Improve Health-care Facilities

October 19, 2017, 02:29:00 PM

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released a Request for Information (RFI) seeking interest from potential partners who want to support efforts to build world-class health-care facilities for America’s Veterans.

Public Law 114-294, the Communities Helping Invest through Property and Improvements Needed for Veterans Act of 2016, also known as the “CHIP-IN Act,” authorizes VA to accept donations from up to five non-federal entities to help fund and expedite the construction of health-care related capital projects.

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Veteran Fields Holds First Harvest Banquet at ASU

Veteran Fields held the first annual Harvest Banquet on Saturday, September 23rd at Adams State University’s Vista Restaurant in Rex Stadium.  Veteran Fields is a community partnership consisting of the Veterans Coalition of the San Luis Valley, the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition and the Rio Grande Farm Park.

The guest speaker for this event was John Kretsinger of KW Farms, who is a Marine Corps and Blue Angel Veteran.  One of John’s primary concerns is   sustainable farming and ranching, and he discussed many important subjects concerning food production in the Valley.  One of the most astonishing points that John raised was the fact that the Valley actually exports and imports a staggering 90% of our produce.  Therefore, the majority of the food we grow is currently being shipped out of the Valley, and the majority of the food we eat is shipped into the Valley. The attendees overwhelmingly agreed that this is something that needs to change.
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VA Awards Grants to Help Homeless and At-risk Veterans and Families

WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it has awarded $343 million in grants to 288 nonprofit organizations to help low-income Veterans and their families.

The grants were awarded under VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.

“With these important grants, we are able to leverage the expertise of local experts to help our most economically vulnerable Veterans avoid or exit homelessness,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “This is another VA program that moves at-risk Veterans toward housing and independence.”

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USDA Programs / Resources / Careers

Veterans interested in Agriculture


Being a farmer means you’ll get the opportunity to be an entrepreneur, equipment repair specialist, soil scientist, and land steward all rolled into one.

Use the resources here to get connected to training opportunities, program and career resources, and read stories like yours on the USDA Blog.



The Veterans Crisis Line

The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.

More about the Veterans Crisis Line

San Luis Valley Museum Erupts With Music

If you stopped by the SLV Museum this July 13 morning for a cup of coffee and lively conversation with local veterans, your ears have been tickled by music. The Valley Courier covered the scene in the following article.

‘Company of Friends’ fills museum with music

By: Ruth Heide

“Company of Friends” took time on Thursday morning July 13, to provide entertainment at the San Luis Valley Museum in downtown Alamosa where veterans meet for coffee and fellowship each week. Veterans and other visitors to the museum enjoyed the entertainment, which ranged from “Bury Me at Walmart” to “Amazing Grace” performed vocally and instrumentally, with a variety of musical instruments. From left are John Betz, Mary Carhartt, Tandi Bolt, Karen Ballentine, Galen Ballentine, Harvey Smalley, Ernie New, Sarah Grimes and Carol Smead.

Original article posted in the Valley Courier, 7/20/2017


Free Coffee Every Thursday 8:30-11:00 at the SLV Museum 401 Hunt Ave, Alamosa (next to the American Legion)

Join us for coffee!

Veterans understand veterans and deserve a place to relax and visit with each other.


Hosted by Women Veterans of the SLV and the SLV Museum.

Supported by donations from the SLV Community

To donate, call (719) 849-5512 or come to Coffee Break next Thursday.

San Luis Valley Thanks You!

Veterans Coalition Visits Not Forgotten Outreach

“I can’t stop wars and there will always be soldiers, but I can do this little bit,” declared Kym Sanchez, founder and president of Not Forgotten Outreach (NFO) as she gazed out at 10,000 garlic plants growing tall.

This garlic and other produce finds its way onto Taos community tables such as the Farmhouse Café school lunch and garden program, which provides school children with approximately 300-500 pounds of fresh vegetables a week in 2016.

Sanchez was “NCIOC” of Casualty Assistants for the Army, a daunting task without the added heartbreak of finding her beloved husband incoming for body preparation to be returned home. Sanchez has never fully recovered from this experience and wanted to provide a respite and healing place for veterans and their families to come, feel safe, feel celebrated and to get involved in the healing aspects of farming and nature.

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Therapeutic Farm Programs at Not Forgotten Outreach Inc – Taos, NM

The San Luis Valley Veterans Fields Program and their partners will be visiting this amazing farm on June 2, 2017 to learn how Don and Kym were able to achieve such tremendous successes.  That important knowledge will then be brought back into the Valley and shared with our community.  This will assist us tremendously as we implement our own veteran farmer pilot projects locally.

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