The  Public Information Officer 

The DVS 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.  

Latest News

2023 DVS Annual Report

NM Dept. of Game & Fish to Host “Veterans Open House” At Its Las Cruces Office

Gov. Lujan Grisham Appoints Donnie Quintana as New DVS Cabinet Secretary

NM Dept. of  Game & Fish “Open House for Veterans” at its SW Region/Las Cruces Office

PACT Act Town Hall Meeting January 18 in Silver City; Virtual/Online Option Available

Military & Veterans Day at the 2023 Legislature is Set for February 20

DVS to Present First Local Community Veterans Call Meeting of 2023 on January 4 in Taos

DVS Hosts State of Rural Veterans Transportation Conference

VA to Host PACT Act Town Hall Meeting in Las Vegas (NM)

DVS Pueblo & Tribal Liaison Honored as One of Eleven “2022 New Mexico True Heroes”

DVS Re-launches the Highly Rural Veterans Transportation Program

November 11 is Veterans Day

DVS to Take Part in the 2022 Southwest Native American Veterans Health & Wellness Symposium in ABQ on Veterans Day

Program Agenda for the November 11 Veterans Day Southwest Native American Veterans Health & Wellness Symposium at the Isleta Resort & Casino

NMVAHCS, Albuquerque VARO, and DVS to Host In-Person & Online        PACT-ACT Town Hall Meeting November 9

VIDEO: The October 6 “PACT Act” Town Hall Meeting in Albuquerque

VIDEO: 29 Unclaimed Deceased Veterans Interred With Military Honors During the 2022 Forgotten Heroes Funeral

DVS to Provide Assistance at 2022 “Stand Down” for Homeless, At-Risk Veterans and Their Families

DVS, Albuquerque VA Regional Office to Host PACT Act Town Hall Meeting October 6 in Albuquerque (virtual/online option available)

Unclaimed Cremated Remains of 29 Veterans to be Buried With Military Honors at September 29 Forgotten Heroes Funeral

VIDEO: Highlights of the 2022 Northern New Mexico Honor Guard Conference

VIDEO: Veterans & Active Service Members Honored on September 13 at Military & Veterans Day at the State Fair

VIDEO: Honoring the Seven Navy Veterans for 2022 Navy Week in Albuquerque

DVS 2022 Northern NM Honor Guard Conference is September 15

Upcoming DVS Outreaches in  September

New Three-Digit National Suicide Prevention & Crisis Lifeline in Operation; Has a Veteran Component

Burn Pit Bill Headed to President Biden for Signature Into Law

VA to Make Claims Outreach Visit to Zuni Pueblo

U.S. Senator Heinrich, U.S. Rep. Stansbury to Host Veterans Resource Fair in Moriarty on August 9

Upcoming DVS Veterans Benefits Outreach Visits in August

Lt. Governor Morales to Host Online Senior Veterans Forum on July 27

Upcoming DVS Late-June & July Veterans Benefits and Veterans Property Tax Waiver/Exemption Outreach Visits

U.S. Senator Heinrich, Congresswoman Stansbury to Host Veterans Resource Fair in Edgewood on June 11

June 12 is National Women Veterans  Day

VIDEO: 25 Older Veterans Greeted With Heroes’ Welcome Upon Return of the 2022 Northern NM “Honor Flight” to Albuquerque

DVS Cabinet  Secretary Smith Named to VA’s Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses

VIDEO: A Memorial Day Message From DVS Cabinet Secretary Sonya Smith

VIDEO: DVS Joins Effort to Restore the Albuquerque Historic Fairview Cemetery

VIDEO: DVS Presents First-Ever Southern New Mexico Honor Guard Traning Conference

DVS Offering Free Use of Computers at Las Vegas (NM) Evacuation Center For Veterans Displaced by the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Wildfire to File FEMA and Other Assistance Program Claims

VA Proposal to Close Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs)–Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers)

Upcoming DVS Veterans Benefits Outreaches, Veterans Property Tax Waiver/Exemption Service Days in the Albuquerque Metro Area

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Opens for New Mexicans Affected by Wildfires

DVS, Office of the Santa Fe County Assessor to Host Veterans Property  Tax Waiver/Exemption “Service  Day” on May 17

More Information About the 2022 New Mexico Women Veterans Conference

Registration Now Open for the 2022 New Mexico Women Veterans Conference

DVS to Present Agency Briefing in Gallup on May 13

“Operation Hiring Heroes” Veterans Job Fair in Albuquerque on April 27

DVS Secretary Smith to Join U.S. Senator Lujan For Discussion on VA’s Plan to Possibly Close CBOC’s in New Mexico

Online Registration Now Open for Nationwide Tour of Honor…Which Includes the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire

DVS, Doña Ana County Assessor’s Office to Hold Veterans Property Tax Exemption/Waiver “Service Day” in Las Cruces on April 20

April Schedule for Veterans Benefits Outreach Visits and Property Tax Waiver/Exemption “Service Days”

Veterans Encouraged to Register for Two-Day AgriFuture Educational Institute Conference in Albuquerque

Governor Lujan Grisham Issues Proclamation for 2022 National Vietnam War Veterans Day

DVS Cabinet Secretary Smith’s 2022 National Vietnam War Veterans Day Message

Registration Now Open to Vendors/Exhibitors for the 2022 New Mexico Women Veterans Conference

First-Ever Southern New Mexico Honor Guard Conference to be Presented by DVS on April 21 in Las  Cruces

DVS to Present Quarterly Briefing on March 31 in Albuquerque

Albuquerque Historic Fairview Cemetery & DVS Seeking Volunteers for April 2 Cemetery Clean Up

DVS Cabinet Secretary Smith, On VA Plan to Possibly Close Four NM CBOCs: “This Is Not Acceptable”

DVS to Lead Multi-Agency Effort to Restore Historic Fairview Cemetery in Albuquerque

Governor Signs DVS-Supported Military Pension Exemption Bill Into State Law

DVS Resumes In-Person Outreach Visits (UPDATED LIST)

Attention Job-Seeking Veterans: Multi-Location State Agency “Rapid Hire” Event on February 8

Attention Job-Seeking Veterans: Multi-Agency Job Fair January 26 in Albuquerque

DVS, San Juan College to Present Boots-to-Business: Reboot Online Business Development Seminar (Open to Veterans & Non-Veterans)

DVS-Managed Angel Fire State Veterans Cemetery Looking to Hire Interment Specialist

DVS Postpones All January & February Agency Events

City of Albuquerque Veterans & Military Affairs Advisory Board & DVS to Host Lunch & Learn Online Discussion

New Mexico Veterans Integration Centers, DVS to Host Lunch & Learn Online Discussion

DVS Launches Operation Holiday Cheer; Asks New Mexicans to Send Holiday Cards to Residents & Staff of the State Veterans Home

DVS to Make December Veterans Benefits Outreach Stops in Several NM Communities

Santa Fe Veterans Benefits Outreach Fair on December 8

DVS Fills Alamogordo VSO Vacancy

DVS Field Offices to Close December 6 & 7 For VSO Training

DVS to Make a Benefits Outreach Stop at the Albuquerque VA Hospital

VIDEO: Highlights of a Pre-Veterans Day Parade at the State Veterans Home

VIDEO: Highlights of the 2021 Veterans Day Ceremony in Santa Fe

VIDEO: DVS Helps Homeless And At-Risk Veterans at “Stand Downs” in Gallup & Farmington

DVS to Host Veterans Property Tax Exemption/Benefits Outreaches This Month in Gallup, Santa Rosa, Las Cruces, and Albuquerque

DVS Cabinet Secretary Smith Honors Veterans at  the Veterans Day Ceremony in Santa Fe

Veterans Day Ceremonies & Events to be Held Throughout the State

Warrior Films, DVS To Present Special Veterans Day “A Veterans Journey Home” Film Series in Santa Fe

DVS To Hold Veterans Property Tax Exemption/Benefits Outreach in Los Lunas

NM State Police, DVS To Hold Special Parade For Residents Of The State Veterans Home In Truth Or Consequences

DVS Looking To Fill Vacant Interment Specialist Position At Its Fort Stanton State Veterans Cemetery

Governor Lujan Grisham Issues Proclamation Declaring November Veterans & Military Families Month

DVS Commemorates National Veterans Small Business Week (Nov. 1-5)

VIDEO: Link to Video of DVS Participation in the 2021 Stand Downs for Homeless Veterans in Gallup (Oct. 7) and Farmington (Oct. 8)

Statement From DVS Secretary Sonya L. Smith Regarding the Passing of Former U.S. Secretary of State and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Colin Powell

VIDEO:  Highlights of the 2021 New Mexico Honor Guard Conference

VIDEO: Unclaimed Cremated Remains of 22 Veterans Laid to Rest at 2021 New Mexico Forgotten Heroes Funeral

“Stand Down” for Homeless/Near-Homeless Veterans on Oct. 8 in Farmington

“Stand Down” for Homeless/Near-Homeless Veterans on Oct. 7 in Gallup

Active Duty Service Members & Veterans Enjoy Free Day at the NM State Fair on Military & Veterans Appreciation Day at the NM State Fair

2021 DVS Honor Guard Conference Set for September 30

20th Anniversary of the 9/11 Terrorist Attack to be Commemorated in a Ceremony at the NM Veterans Memorial in Albuquerque

More than 800 Memorial Bricks Installed on the Grounds of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire

Veterans Who Received COVID-19 Vaccines Through VA Health Care: Register for the State’s $100 COVID Vaccine Incentive

September is National Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month

Laying of Memorial Bricks on Sep. 4 at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire

Sep. 11 Veterans “S.A.V.E.” Motorcycle Ride-NORTHERN ROUTE

Sept. 11 Veterans “S.A.V.E” Motorcycle Ride-SOUTHERN ROUTE

OEF/Afghanistan War Veterans Encouraged by DVS to Seek Help If You’re Experiencing Post-Troop Pullout Difficulties

Governor Lujan Grisham Issues Proclamation Declaring August 14 “National Navajo Code Talkers Day” in New Mexico

2021 Honor Guard Training Conference is POSTPONED

VA Begins Processing Claims Related to Certain Particulate Matter Conditions

DVS to Present Quarterly Briefing on DVS/Veterans Issues on August 6 in Albuquerque

CNM Presents Aviation Maintenance Program Information Session on Aug. 5

VA, DVS Reminding Veterans About Upcoming Ending of Temporary Ban on COVID-Hardship Evictions Program

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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