Dona Ana County Sheriff honored for service to veterans
Doña Ana County, NM — Doña Ana County Sheriff Todd Garrison was recently presented with a .44 caliber revolver, a gift from citizens Larry and Connie Candelaria, on behalf of the countless number of veterans who were helped during Sheriff Garrison’s time in office.
The presentation was made March 6 in the Historic Museum of Lawmen, located inside the sheriff’s headquarters at 845 N. Motel Blvd.
According to Candelaria, former Sheriff Juan Hernandez donated office space to Candelaria and other Veterans Service Officers assigned from the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 38, American Legion Post 10, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3242. The service officers used that space as a point of contact to assist local veterans with paperwork related to service-connected medical care and compensation.
Sheriff Garrison continued that relationship with the Veterans Service Officers when he took office after Hernandez.
“Back then, we could not find any organization that would allow us to use space within their office to let us do this work for our local veterans,” said Candelaria, himself a Vietnam Veteran. “Following Sheriff Hernandez’s departure, Sheriff Garrison was so kind to let us continue this relationship for the veterans and their families within his jurisdiction.”
Sheriff Garrison, a term-limited elected official, will leave office at the end of 2014.