MENDOCINO CO., 11/11/17 -- Mendocino County has a new Veterans Services Officer: Ulysses Lopez, who previously worked for five years as a Veteran Services Representative in the county's Fort Bragg office. Lopez is a Mendocino County native and a U.S. Army veteran. While serving as an advocate for veterans in Fort Bragg, he helped veterans enroll in VA health care and connected them with service connected compensation, pension, and benefits.
Lopez looks forward to using his experience to further assist veterans in this new position. "I am honored to have the privilege of serving the veterans of my community. I have accumulated a vast knowledge throughout the years to help veterans navigate through the VA system when acquiring their earned benefits," he said in a county press release issued Thursday.The press release details Lopez's service: he served in the U.S. Army from 2002 - 2005. He was awarded a Combat Infantryman Badge and a Presidential Unit Citation during a 15 month tour as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Additionally, thanks to his service to veterans, he was named "Veteran of the Year" in 2013 for the 2nd Assembly District.
Mendocino County Veteran Services had 917 new applications for benefits and 2,468 walk-in appointments between July 2016 and 2017. If you know a veteran who might need assistance connecting with benefits, they can make an appointment at the county's Ukiah or Fort Bragg offices, addresses listed below:
Ukiah - 405 Observatory Ave, P.O. Box 839, Ukiah, CA 95482, (707) 463-4226, Toll Free: (800) 765-9975, Fax: (707) 463-4637
Fort Bragg - 360 North Harrison Street, Fort Bragg, CA 95437, (707) 964-5823, Fax: (707) 961-6396
Willits - Please call the Ukiah office to schedule an appointment.