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Pictured is the building that houses the new Mariposa Veterans Services office in Mariposa.  Photo by Allen Laman

Pictured is the building that houses the new Mariposa Veterans Services office in Mariposa. Photo by Allen Laman

The Mariposa Veterans Services office may have recently moved to a new building, but the many helpful programs and resources offered inside aren’t going anywhere.

Now located at the intersections of Highways 140 and 49 in Mariposa — adjacent to Moonbow Espresso — this office is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

An open house will be held at the space on Saturday, April 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The official civic address is 5158 Hwy 140, Suite A.

Refreshments will be provided at this event by the Mariposa Lions Club. Bob Johns, the local Veterans Services Officer, will be on hand to answer questions alongside representatives from the Fresno Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

“Easy to find, easy to get to for veterans,” Johns said of the new location. “It’s more public access, it’s easier access. You don’t have to walk in and register and sit in a waiting room and do that stuff while you wait to see someone.

The office was recently housed in the Mariposa County Health and Human Services Agency building near Lemee Lane.

The long list of services available inside the new centrally located spot has remained the same. These offers are on the right.

• Service-related disability benefits • Non-service-related disability pension benefits • Dependency allowance benefits
• Reimbursement of burial allowance
• Assistance and right of attendance
• California Tuition Waiver Program
• Requests for military records
• Veterans Affairs medical care and access to eligibility • Vocational rehabilitation benefits
• Veterans Life Insurance
• State Veterans Homes
• Other benefits and ancillary programs

Johns said the new building “just seems to work a lot better for veterans.” As a lone office worker, he has already seen an increase in foot traffic. Readers wanting more information about the services offered inside can do so by calling him at (209) 966-3696.

“If they talk to me or call me…we’re able to walk them through all that stuff,” Johns explained. “And not just veterans, but veterans’ families are just as important.”

Johns served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He thanked the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors, past and present, for their support of the office. Johns has served as Mariposa’s Veterans Service Officer since 2005.

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