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Veterans Outreach Event Planned for East Mountains

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Image contains details of Veterans Outreach EventCommissioner Charlene Pyskoty is inviting veterans to a one-stop shop veterans outreach event on Thursday, March 31, 2022 at Los Vecinos Community Center in Tijeras. Representatives of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, New Mexico Department of Veterans Services and NM Workforce Solutions will be present to provide information on veterans benefits and services. The Bernalillo County Assessor’s Office, Clerk’s Office, Treasurer’s Office and the Behavioral Health Services Department will provide information on county programs and services. There will also be recruiters from the Sheriff’s Office, Fire Department and Metropolitan Detention Center sharing information about job opportunities with Bernalillo County.

“I want every veteran to know that he or she is eligible for a wide range of state and federal benefits, including a state property tax exemption or waiver,” says District 5 Commissioner Charlene Pyskoty. “I am honored and excited to team up with the NM Department of Veterans Services to bring outreach representatives to our veterans in Bernalillo County!”

The East Mountain Veterans Outreach will take place on Thursday, March 31, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Los Vecinos Commnity Center, 478 ½ Old Highway 66 in Tijeras, NM (map).

NM DVS and BernCo Assessor’s Office staff will help veterans or unmarried widows of veterans file for the veteran property tax exemption—which is a $4,000 reduction off the taxable value of a primary residence. Veterans rated by the VA as 100% disabled can file for the veteran property tax waiver, which eliminates the entire property tax bill.

Proof of veteran status must be provided when filing for the veteran property tax exemption and can be done by bringing either a copy of a veteran’s DD-214 separation form, a National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Form 56-16, or a U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) Form 1867. To file for the property tax waiver, veterans must bring a copy of their VA benefit summary letter. Proof of residency must also be provided. Veterans must bring their New Mexico driver’s license, voter registration card, or latest state income tax return.

For further questions, interested persons are asked to contact DVS event planner Joseph Dorn at josephM.dorn@state.nm.us or (505) 861-9117.