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Nov 30, 2017

Taos Veterans Service May Build Housing

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A unique veterans support organization that focuses on healing and skills learning is on the verge of expanding its facility offerings.

The nonprofit Not Forgotten Outreach was founded in 2013 by Kym Sanchez, an Iraq war veteran and widow of Sergeant Paul Sanchez, who died serving in the same war.

Serving more than 4,800 military families last year, up from 3,700 in 2015, Not Forgotten Outreach this summer opened a two-story adobe house at 461 Valverde Commons Drive in north Taos.

That 5,100 square-foot structure houses seven rooms, offices, a computer lab, kitchen, laundry room, and craft area for the use of veterans and Gold Star family members.

Visitors can simply rest in what is called the Respite Center, or take part in the program’s various offerings, which include pain management and yoga classes.

Not Forgotten Outreach also offers veterans farming skills, a part of the program that may become larger with the possible purchase of some 28 acres of farmland at the corner of Paseo Del Pueblo Norte and Camino De La Placita.

The vast portion of that land would be kept in its natural state, with the addition of Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant paths for walking. A smaller 2.4-acre portion of that land may see the eventual construction of housing for veterans and their families.

The group is currently in the process of trying to secure the needed funds for that additional property.  

 

By Garry Boulard

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