weather icon Clear

Plaques honoring veterans to be placed at Pahrump VA clinic

The Pahrump VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) received a donation of six plaques, each bearing a seal from one of the five branches of the U.S. armed forces and prisoners of war, from the town of Pahrump on Saturday.

“This is an honor for the veterans of Pahrump, and we really appreciate this,” said Dr. Maia Carter, chief of primary care at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System.

Carter was joined by John Koenig, Nye County Commission, District II, and former commissioner Frank Carbone, who is an Air Force veteran, for an acceptance ceremony at the Pahrump clinic at 220 S. Lola Lane on Aug. 11. The group was also joined by Army veteran Bernie Cusimano.

The symbols will be placed above the check-in area at Pahrump’s VA clinic in the coming weeks.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials said the symbols will be placed in order of Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard, which is mandatory.

Efforts to get the seals placed at the VA clinic has been a long process, according to Carbone.

Carbone said the suggestion to put the seals in the location were first suggested by Cusimano, and the entire process has been going on for about two years—which predates the building’s completion of construction in November 2016.

The plaques cost roughly $200 each, or a total of about $1,200, which came from the town of Pahrump’s general fund.

The placement has special meaning to veterans in the local area.

“It means that now they get to see what their symbols are that they fought for and fought with—the Army, the Navy, the Marines, the Air Force,” Carbone said. “It gives you a feeling of being here. This is my place now. We’re all part of the same group.”

“It’s for the veterans, and the veterans are going to take pride in looking what’s over there when they get put up,” Cusimano said.

Contact reporter Jeffrey Meehan at jmeehan@pvtimes.com. On Twitter: @pvtimes

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Three die in Inyo County crash

Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue Services crews responded to several fatal vehicle crashes last weekend.

Nye County residents honored as Nevada heroes

Throughout the disruption and chaos caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been everyday citizens doing incredible work to help their communities through these difficult times, giving countless hours and endless energy in the mission to keep people safe, healthy and connected and Nevada Health Response is striving to ensure those actions do not go unnoticed.

PVYA goes virtual for 2020

Pahrump Valley Youth Activities was nearly forced to forego its 2020 Summer Camp due to the COVID-19 pandemic but through a partnership with the NyE Communities Coalition, the beloved annual event has been saved and will now take place virtually, helping keep both participants and staff safe and healthy.

Nye County Commission meetings and certain offices reopen to public

On Tuesday, June 2, the Nye County Commission held its first meeting with in-person public attendance since early March, when the governor declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak and issued an emergency directive banning gatherings of more than 10 people.

Optimizing your freezer saves time and money

Freezing food saves time by reducing grocery store runs and money when you purchase sale items in quantity. Make the most of your investment by using your freezer to its full potential.

Pahrump’s Leslie Street freshly paved, county to tackle finish work

Leslie Street in the Pahrump Valley has a fresh new coat of asphalt, with paving of the 1-mile stretch between Irene Street and Basin Avenue concluding as of June 1. There is, however, still some finishing work to be done before the project is complete, tasks that, just as the prep work conducted before the paving was laid, will be handled by Nye County Public Works crews.

Ford warns against utility imposter scams

Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford on Friday advised Nevadans to watch out for utility imposter phone scams as local businesses reopen.

Sisolak approves plan for tests, labs, contact tracing

Gov. Steve Sisolak on Monday, June 1 announced the approval of a comprehensive community-based testing, laboratory analysis and contact tracing plan to support efforts to reopen Nevada’s economy.

Study shows record high rates of food insecurity

One in three children will experience food insecurity this year because of the COVID-19, according to the annual Map the Meal Gap study released Tuesday by Three Square Food Bank.