Honoring our Vets – Pancake Breakfast

Honoring our Vets

Pancake Breakfast

As a way to show our Veterans that we appreciate them and all they have done for not only us but our Country, we would like to invite you and your families to come and have breakfast on us. 

Where: Alamosa VFW 519 Main St, Alamosa, CO 81101
Date: Saturday October 28, 2017
Time: 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 
Please RSVP to JoAnna Lucero at 719-580-3163 by 10/25/2017. Thank you!

*Provided by SLV Health Billing Department*

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Farming and Ranching Field Day coming up!

Allen Williams is a distinguished grass-fed beef producer in Mississippi, former genetics professor, and owner of Joyce Farms.

Allen has spoken at numerous events throughout the country.

This workshop will be unique in that it will cover the basis of production from the soil and increased animal gain through to marketing.

October 18-19, 2017
at Adams State University & Skadberg Farms
Click here to get your tickets!
Please RSVP by ASAP

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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.

CLICK HERE FOR USDA PROGRAMS AND RESOURCES

CLICK HERE FOR USDA INFO ON CAREERS IN AG

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

DON’T FORGET

DON’T FORGET

THE FREE DINNER AT CAFÉ DEL VALLE

IN ANTONITO

VETERAN FIELDS—VETERANS COALITION—SLV LOCAL FOODS—CONEJOS CLEAN WATER

PRESENT

FREE LOCAL FOODS DINNER FOR VETERANS, FAMILIES, AND THE COMMUNITY

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 2017

CAFÉ DEL VALLE

ANTONITO

5:00 PM

Come hear the latest about how Veteran Fields’ can help veterans start their own farm.

Hear the stories of local veterans—Alfonzo Abeyeta—Maury Grimm—Reyes Garcia.

Indulge in fresh food prepared by Nature’s Table and the Local Foods Coalition.

Enjoy the freshest veggies harvested from Valleybound Antonito School and Community Garden.

LEARN HOW VETERAN FIELDS

CAN HELP YOU TRANSITION FROM

THE BATTLE FIELD TO THE FARM.

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

COFFEE BREAK for VETERANS

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.

Sponsored by VETERANS COALITION – SLV.

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!