The  Public Information Officer 

The Department’s Public Information Officer (PIO) oversees the dissemination of all information regarding the Department, such as media advisories/releases, advertising, event program agendas, newsletters, and any other external communication or documents as directed by the Cabinet Secretary. 

Additionally, the PIO serves as the custodian of all Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) requests directed towards the Department.  Please see below for our Notice of the Right to Inspect Public Records.  

Recent Press Releases

DVS VSOs to Help With VA Claims and State Benefits Filing at July 23 McKinley County Health/Wellness Event

DVS to Present Quarterly Briefing in Albuquerque on    August 6

12th Annual Honor Guard Conference & Training Set For August 19

DVS Offices Are Now Open to the Public

Briefing and Booth/Table Registration Opportunity July 8 @ the NM State Fairgrounds in Albuquerque

Online Booth/Table Registration Now Open for Military & Veterans Day at the State Fair on Sept. 14

VIDEO: Governor Lujan Grisham Visits Angel Fire State Veterans Cemetery and Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Governor Lujan Grisham Issues Proclamation Declaring June 12 Women Veterans Day In New Mexico

DVS Commemorates Women Veterans Day

VIDEO: “I Am Not Invisible” Honors New Mexico’s Women Veterans on Women Veterans Day

VIDEO: 2021 Memorial Day Ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire

DVS Commemorates Memorial Day With a Brief Ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic In Albuquerque For Anyone Ages 12+

DVS Urges Veteran-Owned Small Businesses to Look Into Program Offering Free Government Surplus Equipment

DVS Hosting Claims, Benefits, & Assistance Virtual Clinic May 28

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic in Albuquerque on May 24

Up to $100,000 In Economic Relief Now Available For Small Businesses Through A New State Grant Program

Virtual Class for Veterans Seeking Information About Gulf War Concerns & Health Concerns

New Program to Help COVID-19-Affected Struggling Families to Afford Internet Service

VETERANS ORGANIZATIONS: State Now Offering On-Site COVID-19 Vaccination Events for Organizations

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Veterans Can Seek Help With the State of NM or the VA

Applications Now Accepted for NM Finance Authority Fund Offering Relief for COVID-19 Affected Businesses

VIDEO: DVS Concludes Two-Week Veterans Property Tax Exemption & Waiver Service in Albuquerque

DVS Concludes Two-Week Veterans Property Tax Exemption & Waiver Drive-Up Service in Albuquerque

Webinar for Business Owners: Health Benefits Under COBRA–What Employers Need to Know

COVID-19 Vaccine Opportunity in Albuquerque for Anyone Living With a Disability

Resources Guide to Agencies Offering Assistance for Housing, Rental, and Other Needs During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Veteran-Owned Restaurants Seeking COVID-19 Economic Relief Urged to Apply for New SBA Funding Program

Limited-Run Veterans Property Tax Exemption/Waiver “Curbside Service” Continues at DVS Albuquerque NE Heights Office

COVID-19 Vaccine Update From the NM VA Health Care System

DVS Produces Video Showing How to File For The Veterans Property Tax Waiver

Veterans Property Tax Exemption/Waiver Drive-Up “Curbside” Service April 19-30 in Albuquerque

DVS Launches Phase II of Its Rural Veterans Transportation Program

DVS to Host Virtual Claims, Benefits, & Public Assistance Clinic May 14

Veteran-Owned Businesses: PPP Extended Through May 31

Governor Lujan Grisham Issues National Vietnam War Veterans Day Proclamation

DVS to Host Virtual Claims, Benefits, and Assistance Clinic

DVS Hosts Women Veterans “Listening Post”

DVS VSO Featured in National VA Campaign

NMVAHCS Now Offering COVID-19 Vaccines For All VA-Enrolled Veterans

Rail Runner Service Resumes 

DVS Secretary Smith Meets With Staffs of Senators Heinrich & Lujan 

Sonya L. Smith Confirmed as DVS Secretary 

Notice of Right to Inspect Public Records

By law under the Inspection of Public Records Act, every person has the right to inspect public records of the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services (NMDVS). Compliance with a request to inspect public records is an integral part of the routine duties of the officers and employees of the Department of Veterans’ Services.

PROCEDURES FOR REQUESTING INSPECTION. Requests to inspect public records should be submitted to the Public Information Officer at the information below.

NMDVS Public Information Officer
407 Galisteo St., Rm. 142
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone: (505) 827-6352/(505) 362-6089
Fax: (505) 827-6323


A person desiring to inspect records may submit a request to the records custodian orally or in writing.  The procedures and penalties, however, prescribed by the Act only apply to written requests.   A written request must contain the name, address and telephone number of the person making the request.  Written requests may be submitted in person or sent via US mail, email, or facsimile. The request must describe the records sought in sufficient detail to enable the records custodian to identify and locate the requested records.

The records custodian must permit inspection immediately or as soon as practicable, but no later than 15 calendar days after the records custodian receives the inspection request. If an inspection is not permitted within three business days, the person making the request will receive a written response explaining when the records will be available for inspection or when the public body will respond to the request. If any of the records sought are not available for public inspection, the person making the request is entitled to a written response from the records custodian explaining the reason inspection has been denied. The written denial shall be delivered or mailed within 15 calendar days after the records custodian receives the request for inspection.

PROCEDURES FOR REQUESTING COPIES AND FEES. If a person requesting inspection would like a copy of a public record, a copy should be requested and a reasonable fee may be charged. The fee for downloading copies of public records to a computer storage device is equal to the cost of the device, if provided by NMDVS. If a person requests that a copy of a public record be transmitted by U.S. mail, email, or facsimile a fee equal to the cost incurred by NMDVS may be charged. The records custodian may request the applicable fees for copying public records be paid in advance, before copies are made. A receipt indicating that the fees have been paid will be provided upon request to the person requesting
the copies.

For downloadable notice, please click here.

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