Gov. Hickenlooper appoints Pat Hammon to Colorado Board of Veterans Affairs
EAGLE COUNTY — Eagle County Veteran Service Officer Pat Hammon has been appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper to serve on the Colorado Board of Veterans Affairs. The board provides advocacy for Colorado veterans and family members to ensure they obtain the benefits to which they are entitled.
With more than 2,300 veterans in Eagle County, Hammon’s role is to help link veterans and their families to critical medical and financial support services.
According to Megan Burch, the strategy, partnerships and performance manager for Eagle County, Hammon’s dedication to the veteran community is well-documented.
“Pat’s work with our local veterans doesn’t stop when the claim paperwork has been filed,” Burch said. “She works with employers to support the hiring of veterans; with Colorado Mountain College to ensure educational opportunities; with community partners to host weekly yoga classes and coffee and doughnuts for veterans and their families to come together for comradery and support; and with the VA hospital in Grand Junction and tele-clinic in Glenwood Springs to advocate for accessible, quality care for our veterans. “
‘Commitment to service’
In addition, Hammon has worked closely with ECO Transit on the new Tri-County GEM Connector shuttle, which provides transportation from three counties to the Grand Junction VA hospital. She’s also worked with the District Attorney and Sheriff’s Office to provide additional assistance to veterans who find themselves involved in the criminal justice system.
“This kind of passion and commitment to service is what earned Pat a place on the statewide board,” Burch said.
The Colorado Board of Veterans Affairs consists of seven accredited veteran service officers representing different areas of the state.
In terms of area, it’s the county’s smallest conservation deal ever. In terms of location, it’s one of the county’s rarest acquisitions.