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The New Mexico Department of Veterans Services Temporarily Suspends “In-Person” Office Assistance

By DVS

Effective March 24, all field offices of the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS) will temporarily postpone in-person office visits by veterans–and will instead provide veterans’ benefits assistance via telephone, video conference, or e-mail. All previously-scheduled in-office visits will be rescheduled.

 

The move is to comply with Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s statewide directive this afternoon directing state agencies to further help minimize the spread of the COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus.

 

Veterans or widows of veterans can work with DVS Veterans Service Officers (VSO’s) by:

  • Leaving a message on a VSO’s “work” phone number.

o   VSO’s regularly check their office phones for messages.

  • Contacting a VSO on his/her mobile phoneVia e-mail
  • Via video confencing.

 

Below is the contact information for DVS VSO’s. Assistance will be provided on a first-call, first-served basis. Livestream video conferencing can be arraged by contacting the VSO.

 

Alamogordo (VSO: Larry Weatherwax)                                                                          

Office: (575) 437-4635                                                                                              

Mobile: (575) 491-3127                                                                      

Larry.weatherwax@state.nm.us

                                                                                               

Albuquerque #1 (Karen Abeyta)                                                                           

Office: (505) 346-3986                                                                                               

Mobile: (505 429-0856                                                                             

Karen.abeyta@state.nm.us

 

Albuquerque #2 (Gordon Schei)                                                                             

Office: (505) 346-4810                                                                                               

Mobile: (same as office number)                                                                                        

gordon.schei@state.nm.us

 

Carlsbad (Dagmar Youngberg)                                                                                    

Office: (575) 885-4939                                                                                                     

Mobile: (505) 988-5900

Dagmar.youngberg@state.nm.us

 

Clovis (Matt Barela)                                                                                                          

Office: (575) 762-6185                                                                                                       

Mobile: (575) 825-9602

matthew.barela@state.nm.us

 

Farmington (Beverly Charley)                                                                                        

Office: (505) 327-2861                                                                                                      

Mobile: (same as office number)                                                   

Beverly.charley@state.nm.us

 

Hobbs (Dalton Boyd)                                                                                                        

Office: (575) 397-5290                                                                                                    

Mobile: (575) 241-0714

Dalton.boyd@state.nm.us

 

Las Cruces #1 (George Vargas)                                                                                     

Office: (575) 524-6124

Mobile: (575) 520-2634                                                                   

George.vargas@state.nm.us

 

Las Cruces #2 (Rosa Bycenski)                                                                                      

Office: (575) 524-6220                                                                                                    

Mobile: (575) 870-1349                                                                   

Rosa.bycenski@state.nm.us

 

Las Cruces #3 (Craig Chumley)                                                                                      

Office: (575) 524-6220 or 6124                                                                                                       

Mobile: (same as office number)                                                   

Craig.chumley@state.nm.us

 

Las Vegas, NM (Martìn Màrquez)                                                                                           

Office: (505) 454-0068                                                                                                       

Mobile: (575) 520-5079                                                                  

martinM.marquez@state.nm.us

 

Roswell (Danielle Thompson)                                                                                                    

Office: (575) 624-6086                                                                                                       

Mobile: (575) 416-2284                                                                              

Danielle.thompson@state.nm.us

 

 

Ft. Stanton & Gallup State  Veterans Cemeteries

Committal/funeral memorial services and the rendering of military funeral honors–whether by active military personnel or volunteer organizations–are also temporarily postponed until further notice at the DVS-managed Ft Stanton and Gallup State Veterans Cemeteries.

 

In compliance with the Governor’s public health order this afternoon, Immediate family gatherings will be limited to five individuals at interments. Cemetery staff will work with families to schedule a full/”normal” committal or memorial service at a later date.

For more information at the cemeteries:

 

Ft. Stanton  State Veterans Cemetery

David Flores/Supervisor

(505) 383-4381

David.flores@state.nm.us

 

Gallup State Veterans Cemetery

Gilbert Lopez/Supervisor

(575) 905-9771

Gilbert.lopez@state.nm.us

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