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2 months 2 weeks ago

Results of annual Wounded Warrior survey released

Results of the Wounded Warrior Project's annual alumni survey have been released. If you're not familiar with the project, it helps injured veterans with various programs and services. Questionnaires were sent to 46,000 veterans and 21,000 chose to take part. Wounded Warrior Christopher Sweeney says he isn't surprised...

8 months 3 weeks ago

Proposed Defense Cuts Could Raise Tricare Fees

The proposed 2015 budget from the Pentagon of $47.4 billion could mean major changes to the Defense Department's healthcare program, Tricare. DoD said Tricare rates would likely increase, as well as the cost of other healthcare benefits. This would impact a large portion of Southern Colorado's population, made up of...

1 year 8 months ago

Budget cuts to hit military school districts first

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - While public schools everywhere will be affected by the government's automatic budget cuts, few will feel the funding pinch faster than those on and around military bases. School districts with military ties from coast-to-coast are bracing for increased class sizes and delayed building repairs. Others...

2 years 1 month ago

Veterans honored with parade in Avondale

For the tenth year, a ceremony and parade in Avondale honors veterans and military men and women. All different branches of the military from around Colorado came together to be honored along Highway 50. Those living and those who have passed on were saluted and remembered with a 21-gun...

2 years 3 months ago

YouTube series focus on military sexual assault

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The enormous obstacles and emotional torment a female solider confronts in reporting a sexual assault in the military is the focus of the three-part Web series "Lauren" debuting Monday on YouTube's new channel WIGS. Featuring "Flashdance" star Jennifer Beals and Troian Bellisario, "Lauren" gives a close-up...

2 years 3 months ago

Israel says it had reports of impending attack

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's military spokesman says intelligence services had reports of an impending attack from Egypt and therefore were ready to thwart it. Masked gunmen killed 16 Egyptian soldiers at a checkpoint along the border with Gaza and Israel on Sunday, then burst through a security fence with cars...

2 years 3 months ago

Senate panel OKs $604 billion defense bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate panel has approved a $604 billion defense spending bill that reverses proposed Pentagon cuts in Air Force personnel and equipment. The Appropriations defense subcommittee approved the bill by voice vote Tuesday. The measure would provide $511 billion for the base budget and $93.3 billion for...

2 years 5 months ago

New brain treatment center could help vets

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (AP) - Military leaders are breaking ground at Fort Belvoir on an $11 million center to provide treatment for traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress. The facility will be a satellite center to an even larger treatment facility that opened in 2010 in Bethesda, Md., called the...

2 years 5 months ago

Just short of a PhD and jobless

We continue to profile the Hiring Our Heroes program in the Pikes Peak region. Last night we focused on a military spouse who has been without a job for two years, trying to support her family while her husband serves in Afghanistan. Tonight we followed her at the Hiring Our...

2 years 7 months ago

7 injured in military helicopter mishap in AZ

EL CENTRO, Calif. (AP) - A military spokeswoman says seven people are hospitalized with minor injuries after a British Chinook helicopter suffered a "mishap" during a landing exercise in the Arizona desert. Michelle Dee, a spokeswoman for Naval Air Facility El Centro in California, says the seven have non-life-threatening injuries....

2 years 8 months ago

Division within Occupy Colorado Springs

An anti-war tone taken up by Occupy Colorado Springs has forced some members to split off, claiming they were ousted because they support the troops. Brittany Westmoreland, who is married to a soldier, was one of several members who received probation notices from organizers at OCS. The letter revoked...

2 years 9 months ago

Colombia drops disputed 'military exclusion' plan

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - Colombia's government is dropping a proposed judicial change that would have let military judges decide whether soldiers should be tried for alleged rights abuses. Human rights groups have opposed the measure. Justice Minister Carlos Esguerra said Saturday the decision not to seek restoration of the "military...

2 years 9 months ago

Free outing this weekend for local military

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Twenty soldiers and Air Force personnel from Fort Carson and Peterson Air Force Base will spend a weekend camping, snowshoeing, skiing and fishing during an outing intended to help ease their transition back to civilian life. The event takes place this weekend at Black Canyon...

2 years 10 months ago

Your experience could get you college credit

DENVER (AP) - Colorado lawmakers want to reduce the cost of college for students by directing higher education institutions to create a system of awarding credit for job experience and military service. A hearing on the proposal is scheduled Wednesday. Republican Rep. Tom Massey says the goal is to allow...

3 years 1 day ago

Thanksgiving for the troops

On any other day Susie's Westside Café in Colorado Springs would be serving up the usual eggs and home fries for their loyal customers. But on Thanksgiving they're serving up a different kind of meal. Pies are delivered, turkey is roasted and all of the trimmings rare ready to go....

3 years 1 day ago

Train derails on Fort Carson

Two rail cars carrying military equipment derailed this morning. The rail cars were on the rail spur at B Street and S. Academy Blvd. when they tipped over. No word on how the cars derailed. No injuries or road closures were caused by the incident.

3 years 1 month ago

Lawmakers willing to change military benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government's promise of lifetime health care for the military's men and women is suddenly a little less sacrosanct as Congress looks for ways to slash trillion-dollar-plus deficits. Republicans and Democrats are signaling a willingness to make military retirees pay more for coverage. It's a reflection...

3 years 2 months ago

Pentagon: Ready for gay ban repeal Tuesday

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon says the military is adequately prepared for the official lifting Tuesday of the legal ban on gays serving openly. Press secretary George Little said Monday that the ban will end at one minute after midnight. At that time, revised Defense Department regulations will take...

3 years 2 months ago

US Northern Command team visits Mexico

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) - Personnel from the U.S. military command responsible for homeland security have met with members of Mexico's military in a visit to that country. Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., head of U.S. Northern Command, writes in his blog that the visit occurred last...

3 years 2 months ago

New battles over lifting gay troop ban

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The military's ban on openly gay troops will be lifted within weeks, but that's no guarantee the law cannot be re-enacted someday. That's why a Republican gay rights organization that sued the Obama administration to stop enforcement of the policy says it plans to ask...

3 years 4 months ago

Army general tapped to lead NORAD, Northcom

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) - The Army general who was tasked to investigate whether Afghan detainees were mistreated has been nominated for promotion to a fourth star and chosen to lead the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the U.S. Northern Command. The Pentagon announced Lt. Gen. Charles...

3 years 4 months ago

Audit: Carson nutrition center handled properly

FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) - A Defense Department audit says Fort Carson and the Army Corps of Engineers properly handled planning and reporting on an $11.5 million project to repair the post's Nutrition Care Division building. The Defense Department inspector general released a report Friday saying officials couldn't provide documentation...

3 years 5 months ago

Baggage fees waived for military

DENVER (AP) - Several airlines have agreed to remove excess-bag fees for the military after a Colorado soldier and a buddy posted a video on the Internet complaining that Delta Air Lines made their unit pay $2,800 for extra checked bags. Staff Sgt. Robert O'Hair of Brighton said his...

3 years 6 months ago

Update: Bin Laden killed by U.S.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was killed in an operation ledby the United States. A small team of Americans carried out the attack and took custody of bin Laden's remains,...

3 years 7 months ago

Springs military bases brace for shutdown

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Prior to the congressional agreement to keep the government running, the military said food and other services for troops in war zones wouldn't have been interrupted by a shutdown. Col. Robert McLaughlin, the Fort Carson garrison commander, said prior to Friday night's compromise that...

3 years 9 months ago

Job fair for military happens tomorrow

The Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 2011 Military Family Career Fair tomorrow. This is a job fair for active duty, Reserve, Guard and Veterans, plus retired military. Those working to find jobs should bring 20 copies of their resume and business cards. Business dress is suggested....

3 years 9 months ago

Veteran clinic to be built in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Congressman Doug Lamborn says the Veterans Affairs Department will start construction this year on a medical clinic in Colorado Springs. Lamborn, a Colorado Republican, said Monday the site for the clinic could be announced this week. The Gazette of Colorado Springs reports the new...

3 years 9 months ago

Veteran's bridge memorial remains incomplete

A memorial on Pueblo's riverwalk dedicated to Veterans remains unfinished, two months after it was officially dedicated. For now, visitors may notice part of the South granite memorial on the Veteran's Bridge is being held together with black tape and wooden spacers. Plus, one section of names is actually printed...

3 years 11 months ago

Marine from Pueblo has died in combat

A marine from Pueblo has died in Afghanistan during combat operations. The Department of Defense says Lance Cpl. Jose Hernandez was killed on Tuesday. Family members say Hernandez grew up in Pueblo. Most recently, he was living in West Palm Beach, Florida. Hernandez would have turned 20 years old on...

3 years 11 months ago

Sex assaults up at military academies

DENVER (AP) - The Defense Department says reported sexual assaults at the three military academies rose 64 percent in the 2009-10 academic year compared with the previous year. Officials said Wednesday the increase could reflect that more students are reporting assaults, rather than a jump in the number of...

3 years 11 months ago

Holiday greetings from the troops

Each holiday season News First shows video greetings from military men and women stationed around the world. We have broken the greetings up into five groups and will stream each group. Click the corresponding video to watch that special person in your life. Part One Will Phillips,...

4 years 1 week ago

Car breaches security at Fort Carson

FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) - Military police were searching for the driver of a car that drove onto Fort Carson without permission Saturday afternoon. The Gazette reported that the car drove onto the post through Gate 3. A man driving a white Dodge Stratus with a paper temporary plate...

4 years 2 weeks ago

Free car wash for Veterans

Veterans will get a free car wash on Veterans Day, just by driving to a Pueblo car wash. The Octopus Express Car Wash at 3215 N. Elizabeth will offer free car washes to all who have served in the military. The wash includes a towel dry, and free use...

4 years 4 weeks ago

Army announces $17M suicide research effort

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The Army is announcing a $17 million, three-year effort to learn why soldiers and veterans take their own lives. The Army's Military Operational Medicine Research Program at Fort Detrick, Md., said Wednesday the money will be split evenly between the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center...

4 years 1 month ago

Carson vet clinic to treat military dogs

FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) - The Army has set up a new veterinary medical unit at Fort Carson to treat U.S. and allied military working dogs during deployments. The 438th Medical Detachment was activated last week. It will have about 55 soldiers. Lt. Col. Scott Bormanis (bor-MAN'-iss), the unit's...

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