Veterans Outreach Event Planned for East Mountains


Bernalillo County – Commissioner 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, NM Workforce Solutions and Bernalillo County departments will all be present to provide information and assistance to veterans. Bernalillo County departments participating include the Treasurer, Assessor, and Clerk’s Offices as well as Behavioral Health 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.

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About Bernalillo County

Bernalillo County is 1,160 square miles and is New Mexico’s most populous county with more than 676,000 residents. Bernalillo County government provides a wide range of public services to residents who live in Albuquerque, Los Ranchos and Tijeras with approximately 106,000 residents living in unincorporated areas of the county. Bernalillo County employs approximately 2,500 people and has an annual operating budget, capital investments and other funds of more than $1 billion. Elected officials include five county commissioners, assessor, clerk, probate judge, sheriff and treasurer.