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I’m writing to give a public shoutout of gratitude to Ryan Timmermans, U.S. Army veteran and founder and executive director of Carson-based nonprofit Veterans Off-Grid, for hauling 6 tons of “glassphalt” to my place in Two Peaks to pave my dirt driveway and the road in front of the house.
Each July 4, the Taos Quilt and Needlecraft Guild honors local military veterans in Taos with Quilts of Valor.
Last summer, the guild invited 12 veterans and their families to the Mayor’s Pancake Breakfast on the Taos Plaza to each be wrapped in Quilts of Valor made specially for them.
This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the quilts were taken individually to each veteran’s home.
In this time of uncertainty, a local nonprofit has been quietly serving the Taos community - highlighting pressing needs that COVID-19 has made even more apparent. Veterans and military family members have been hard at work growing food to help address the growing food insecurity issue in Taos County.
Chuck Zobac describes how meeting with veterans groups eased the post-traumatic stress he suffered after his intense combat experiences in Vietnam. That's something today's war veterans currently don't have because of the social distancing imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, he said.
Not Forgotten Outreach, a nonprofit veterans' organization in Taos, announced it is closing most of its programs and staff will telecommute until April 6 due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus COVID-19 and the state of emergency declared by the governor.