New Mexico has a long and proud military legacy dating back before it became the nation’s 47th state on January 6, 1912. From its early “citizen soldiers” who trekked up the El Camino Real, through the formation of the “New Mexico Territory”...through the Battle of Glorieta during the Civil War...playing a major role in Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders ... on through World War I…World War II’s Navajo Code Talkers and the brave men of the 200th and 515th Coastal Artillery Unit who endured the infamous Bataan Death March …through the wars in Korea, Vietnam, and the current Middle East crisis--New Mexicans have always served with honor and distinction at one of the highest rates of service of any state in our nation.

In 2003, after finally recognizing this long history of service by its citizens, the New Mexico State Legislature passed the Veterans Service Department Act to elevate the venerable New Mexico Veterans Commission to a cabinet-level agency—the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services—providing our state’s veterans a cabinet-level voice within the executive branch of state government. The agency is led by the Cabinet Secretary, who is appointed by and reports directly to the Governor.

To provide the highest quality service and advocacy for New Mexico’s veterans and their families.

To be recognized as a premier agency that anticipates and meets the changing needs of New Mexico’s veterans and their families.

24 Hour Veterans Crisis Line  800-273-8255 Press 1


New Mexico SBA District Office

America's Veteran

Business Tax Credit for Hiring Recently-Returned Veterans

Business Tax Credit for Hiring Recently-Returned Veterans


Veterans' Educational Benefits

Wartime Veteran Scholarship Fund

Children of Deceased Veterans

Approved Programs in New Mexico

Veterans Education and Training Services .

New Mexico Department of Higher Education

Military Children School Enrollment Priority

In-State Tuition for Veterans


Homeless Center Mesilla Valley Community of Hope

New Mexico Veteran and Family Support Services

Sgt. Brandi - Mentoring Combat Warriors

Homeless Center New Mexico Veterans Integration Center


Woman Veteran Plate

Women Veterans of New Mexico


Veterans' Property Tax Exemption

Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption

Exemption from Excise Taxes on Vehicle Purchases

Armed Forces Plate

Hunting & Fishing License

Free Purple Heart Plates

Free 50% + Disabled Veteran Plates

Free Pearl Harbor Survivor Plates

Free Ex-POW Plates

Free Medal of Honor Plates

Gold Star Family License Plate

Patriot License Plates

Justice for Vets

Stateside Legal Help

Veterans Justice Outreach

New Mexico Veterans News

Temporary Hunting and Fishing License for Active-Duty Military Personnel

Hunting Fee Discount for Non-Resident Disabled Veterans

Reduced-Fee Hunting & Fishing License for Disabled Veterans

Day-Pass and Three Free Camping Nights for Disabled Veterans

Free State Monuments and Museums Pass for Disabled Veterans

Veterans’ Service Organization Property Tax Exemption


New Mexico Veterans' Home at Truth or Consequences


Veterans’ Military Honors S ervice Organization Request for Reimbursement

New Mexico to get 4 veterans cemeteries

New state veterans cemeteries will be built in Angel Fire, Carlsbad, Fort Stanton and Gallup, and should be operational within the next five years.


New Mexico Dept. of Veterans' Services

Bataan Memorial Bldg
407 Galisteo St.
Room 142
Santa Fe, NM 87504


New Mexico Department of Veterans Services  Service Officer

Bataan Memorial Bldg
401 Galisteo St
Room 132
Santa Fe, NM 87504


American Legion Department of New Mexico

1215 Mountain Rd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102-2716
FAX: 505-247-0478

American Legion Department of New Mexico  Service Officer

Chris Lozano

Tony Navarrete
1215 Mountain Rd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102-2716
505-247-0478 Fax