County Veterans Assistance Fund can help local vets in emergencies

The San Juan County Veterans Advisory Board announces the availability of the county Veterans Assistance Fund.

With an estimated 2,500 veterans in San Juan County, the County Council determined a need for an organized program to assist veterans and their dependents in time of need.

“Our (fund) has approximately $40,000 available each year to help our veterans when they’re experiencing difficulties,” Board Chairman Alan Lichter said.

“The Assistance Fund is … intended to help with emergencies, such as rent, groceries, burial expense, car repair, transportation, and medically-related issues not covered by the VA.”

Applications for assistance are available at all San Juan County senior centers, American Legion posts, County Council offices and libraries.