La Plata County Veteran’s Service Officer, Richard Schleetar has officially come on board to serve tribal veterans across the reservation. Schleetar will be aiding veterans with services that focus on VA benefits. Additionally, he will conduct home visits to veterans who are incapable of traveling for an appointment. Veterans can now apply for VA benefits based off of income rather than net worth, making a big convenience for veterans of all ages. Schleetar expressed his gratitude, quoting, “I’m glad to be here and serve this community. I started a services office in Marvel as well as Bayfield, so having one here will make it easer for [tribal members]. I also want to get the younger veterans involved with our program now so it can be easier for them to receive benefits thirty years from now.” Anyone who wishes to schedule an appointment may call Schleetar at 970-759-0117.