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By Pat Lisi

          The long-awaited veteran’s center for Southern Utah is apparently going to come true by the end of 2011.  It will be located off Dixie Drive in Saint George.  Most larger cities in the United States have at least one vet’s center, not that St. George is all that big.  But, it is by far the biggest city in Southern Utah.  Vet centers are places where veterans of all wars can go to seek aid.  The centers are typically built and manned by the Veterans Administration.  Lately, money has been really tight for the federal agencies and this meant Southern Utah veterans had to wait.  There are several vet centers, including veteran housing facilities, in Northern Utah. 

          Southern Utah pretty much means Washington and Iron Counties; at least, that’s where the majority of the population lives.  As of summer, 2011 there are approximately 7,000 veterans living in Southern Utah and many of us seek vet’s aid.  We have had to rely on the VA up in Salt Lake City to handle our problems and that has been a hassle.  For one thing, Salt Lake City is a 5-hour drive north from St. George, Utah which makes it fairly impractical to do a trip to a vet’s center up there.   A vet’s center was badly needed in Southern Utah, and funding became available in 2011.  By Christmas the new center should be up and running, and we will post the opening on this web site when it happens.

          In the meantime, if you need help with something related to your status as a veteran please do not hesitate to contact us at  Southern Utah Vets Aid (SUVA), and we’ll see what we can do.  Our phone number is 435-215-3090.  You can also contact James McElfresh at Veterans Angels LLC.  His phone number is 801-290-1760.

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