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Posted on: February 23, 2017

Commissioners Relocate Veterans Service Officer to Better Serve Local Veterans

In an effort to provide the best possible service to local veterans, Montrose County Commissioners relocated the county’s Veterans Services Officer (VSO) to the Montrose County Administration Building located at 317 South 2nd Street in Montrose.  The VSO is now a part of the county’s Government Affairs Division. The VSO was previously housed and managed by Health and Human Services.  VSO Sheldon Smith was reappointed for an additional two-year term by the board in Monday’s meeting. Mr. Smith serves veterans from Montrose and Ouray County. 


Additionally, the VSO will now offer regular hours at the Warrior Resource Center located at 11 South Park Avenue in Montrose.  Once a month, the VSO will travel to the west end of the county to host regular office hours at the meeting room of the Nucla Hopkins Field Airport.


“We want to assure that our veterans have the most convenient, reliable access to the Veterans Services Officer that the county can provide,” said Commissioner Roger Rash, who is also a veteran. “These individuals have given a tremendous amount so that we can be comfortable. It’s only right that we do what we can to make them comfortable when dealing with the county. The Warrior Resource Center is a place specifically for veterans and it’s a natural fit to have the VSO available to serve at that location.”


Chairman Keith Caddy added, “We’re listening. On every issue and in every interaction, we’re listening and looking for opportunities to improve how Montrose County serves the public. In this instance, we’ve heard from local veterans and we’ve taken an action to better address their needs. The VSO is now located in the same building as the commissioners and we want the veterans to know that they are always welcome here.”


The Montrose County VSO is a position defined by the Colorado Revised Statutes.  The VSO assists veterans securing their earned benefits and navigating the government system.  Welcome Home Alliance for Veterans is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and provides a safe, welcoming place for veterans and their families. 


VSO Hours & Locations

Montrose County VSO Office (317 South 2nd Street, Montrose, CO 81401)

Warrior Resource Center (11 South Park Avenue, Montrose, CO 81401)

Nucla Hopkins Field Airport (27696 DD Road, Nucla, CO 81424)


The 2nd Wednesday of each month, the VSO will be available at the meeting room of the Nucla Hopkins Airport from 10:00 to 14:00.


Monday: 08:00 to 09:00 Montrose County VSO Office

   09:00-17:00 Warrior Resource Center

Tuesday: 08:00 to 17:00 Montrose County VSO Office

Wednesday: 08:00 to 09:00 Montrose County VSO Office

                     09:00-17:00 Warrior Resource Center

Thursday: 08:00 to 17:00 Warrior Resource Center

Friday: 08:00 to 17:00 Montrose County VSO Office

 


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