The Southeast Colorado CattleWomen honor veterans each year on Father’s Day.  This year’s Bent County honoree is Carlos Earl of Las Animas. Carlos tells us a little about his life.


The Southeast Colorado CattleWomen honor veterans each year on Father’s Day.  This year’s Bent County honoree is Carlos Earl of Las Animas. Carlos tells us a little about his life.
“I was born in Las Animas, raised on a small diversified farm here. During my youth I was active in 4-H and received the State Farmer degree in high school.  After working for several local farmers, the Bent County Clerk and after taking  college classes at Otero Jr. College, I went into the Army in 1969 rather than be drafted.
 “I spent seven-plus years on active duty as a medical specialist (the training allowing me to get my L.P.N. in civilian life) and three years in the local National Guard Unit.  Time in the service sent me to 5 different stations in the U.S. and a tour in Vietnam.  I served in Custer’s old unit the 1st of the 7th Cavalry and 1st of the 8th Cavalry while there.  Returning from overseas I was lucky enough  to be stationed at Fort Carson on a medical Rescue team.
“I came back to Las Animas after the service working at the Ark Valley Coop in Las Animas, H Manning Hesston in Las Animas, Fort Lyon DVA Medical Center and Neo Plan USA, all of which are no longer in existence.  I then worked for the Bent Conservation District until my retirement.
“I have had the honor of serving on the Las Animas Volunteer Fire Department for 25 years.  I also have  had the privilege of working with the youth of this community in 4-H and the Santa FE Trail Day square dance competition as a coach and teacher.”
 Carlos was presented with a gift certificate of beef by the CattleWomen.