FARMINGTON — The New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services hosted a grand opening on Tuesday for its new office in Shiprock.

The office aims to reach veterans in rural areas throughout the Four Corners, according to a press release from the department.

Department of Veterans’ Services Secretary Jack Fox and local officials dedicated the Rural Veterans’ Coordination Program office inside the Northern Navajo Veterans Center.

The state department was one of five recipients throughout the country of a federal grant to help agencies reach out to veterans in rural areas.

Data from Veterans Affairs show there are nearly 171,00 veterans in New Mexico, including 9,500 in San Juan County. There are a little more than 9,000 Native American veterans in the state.

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