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Veterans Crisis Command Center Comes To A Close

Operations at the American Legion’s Veterans Crisis Command Center wrapped up Friday afternoon. Veterans Affairs representatives assisted more than 580 veterans through the course of the week.

The center had been running since Tuesday with the mission of helping veterans resolve the issues they’ve been facing with the VA’s benefits and medical appointment systems.

Angel Juarez is with the American Legion. He said the event was the first of its kind and described it as a resounding success.

"It’s just been elation every day, especially when you hear about folks and you see the expression on their faces for finally being able to receive benefits," said Juarez

Juarez added that veterans can expect to see more events like this in the future. The next Crisis Command Center will be opening in Fayetteville North Carolina next week.




Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.