Vet service takes first passengers

-A A +A
By David Giuliani

San Miguel County launched its service to take veterans to appointments at the veterans hospital in Albuquerque more than a month ago.

But it didn’t have any takers until last week.

The county took three veterans to the Duke City on Wednesday.

“We haven’t advertised it as much as we should,” said Wendy Armijo, the county official heading the program.

She said the county has aired advertisements on local radio stations and that she gave a presentation on the program on Veterans Day.

“We’ve gotten a lot of calls from people inquiring about it,” she said.

She said the county had planned to operate the program on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, but she said officials decided to make it available on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well.

“We would like for veterans to give us three days’ notice. That would really help with scheduling,” she said.

Up to five veterans can go on a trip, including one in a wheelchair.

The county eventually plans to transfer the service to the Northern New Mexico Veterans Community Development Corp., a local nonprofit group, Armijo said.

To schedule a ride, call 425-7998.