(contributing reporter Kathleen Tomlin)
(Las Animas, CO) --
Las Animas honored their Vietnam veterans by celebrating the 5th Anniversary of Vietnam War Veterans Day on March 29th. The Las Animas Avenue of Flags was proudly displayed, and the VFW Auxiliary hosted a coffee for all veterans at Las Animas VFW Post #2411. The Auxiliary served coffee, donuts, and homemade goodies. Pam Valdez kicked the event off by presenting 11 Vietnam veterans their 50th Anniversary, “Welcome Home,” commemoration pins. Pam explained the purpose of this meeting was to address the possible loss of the Lamar and La Junta VA Clinics recently announced by the Veterans Administration. She invited those that had information to discuss and help with a plan to keep the clinics. Commissioners Kim MacDonnell and Chuck Netherton; Veterans Service Officer Rick Ward; District American Legion Commander Thomas Florez; and many others voiced concerns and made suggestions. One of the ideas was to have a practitioner in the Arkansas Valley treat veterans, and then have them make telehealth calls to larg
e cities. Veterans must enroll and visit their clinics at least yearly. All supporters are encouraged to write, email, or call our congressmen. Sign a petition! Our voices are really important! God bless our veterans and GOD BLESS AMERICA!!