Veterans Service Officer Jay Scott and American Legion Post 9 Captain of Honors Team Ron Tomlin appeared before the Otero County Commissioners at Monday's meeting to donate an American flag to replace the current rather worn one in front of the courthouse.

Veterans Service Officer Jay Scott and American Legion Post 9 Captain of Honors Team Ron Tomlin appeared before the Otero County Commissioners at Monday's meeting to donate an American flag to replace the current rather worn one in front of the courthouse. Scott noticed the flag needed replacing while the American Legion Post #9 was taking pictures with their new flags and the people who had donated them.

Scott said Dan Davis needs two drivers to help with taking veterans to out-of-town appointments with VA medical services. Davis, asked why he likes the job, said it's the veterans and their stories he enjoys. There is a small stipend of $30 to $50, depending on the time and distance involved.

Scott also said that since 2015, he has served 1,700 veterans and now has 509 active cases. His service report for 2015 revealed $17 million gained in the county from veterans benefits, pensions, health care, home loans, etc. Considering each dollar gained in benefits turns over in the county five times, veterans benefits have represented substantial gain to the county. Post 9 donates the flag in appreciation for the help and cooperation of the county in veterans' affairs.