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1 year 7 months ago

Shinseki says VA on target for ending backlog

WASHINGTON (AP) - VA Secretary Eric Shinseki is standing by his commitment to end the disability claims backlog by 2015. Veterans receive disability compensation for injuries or illness incurred during their active military service. About 600,000 claims, or 70 percent of all claims, are considered to be in backlog. The...

1 year 8 months ago

Report: Fayetteville VA failed suicide risk vets

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - An internal government audit finds the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center failed to fully follow up with veterans considered high suicide risks after their hospital discharge. The Fayetteville Observer reports the VA is required to check on high-risk patients weekly for the first month following their...

1 year 11 months ago

Colo. facility focused on female homeless vets

AURORA, Colo. (AP) - It's the "invisible population" that officials from an Aurora shelter want to see more often. As the last remaining days pass before final approval from Department of Veterans Affairs comes in for the Aurora program, Comitis Crisis Center spokesman James Gillespie says getting the word out...

1 year 11 months ago

New tool to help local vets

"First day I landed we took rockets," remembers Eduardo Baller, an Army veteran that finished his four-year commitment to the Army this summer. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. "You can simulate as much as you want, but it doesn't prepare you for the first time." "You're...

1 year 11 months ago

New resource connection for Pikes Peak vets

A new website launches Tuesday helping connect vets with reputable resources in the Pikes Peak region. It's called the Peak Military Care Network, organized through the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments; it connects anyone with services designed to help members of the military, veterans, and their families. ...

1 year 11 months ago

Veterans Parade held in downtown Pueblo

Cheers went up on Union in downtown Pueblo as veterans marched through to the sounds of a marching band. It was the 11th Annual Pueblo Chieftain Veterans Day Parade put on by the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce. Drew Dix was the Parade Marshall. He's a Congressional Medal of Honor...

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 5 months ago

Vets start website to tell stories of fallen

FT. SMITH, Ark. (AP) - Navy veteran Clint Davis says it's disheartening to know Americans devour details about celebrities but know next to nothing about troops who've died for the country overseas. He says often, all that ends up being published about a service member killed in Iraq or Afghanistan...

2 years 7 months ago

Veterans Learn More About Needed Resources

Veterans find the information they need, and it's all under one roof. A resource fair was held Saturday on the campus of CSU-Pueblo with information including veterans services, the Wounded Warrior Program, and Veterans Upward Bound. Those with the fair say it's a great way to get programs from...

2 years 7 months ago

Motorcycle Show Held for a Good Cause

Music, food, vendors, and motorcycles, all for a good cause! The American Legion Riders held their first ever bike show Saturday to benefit soldier care packages and help homeless veterans. Several vendors sold everything from jewelry to tires, and you could also enter the bike "Show and Shine." They...

2 years 7 months ago

Fort Lyon Receives Funding

Fort Lyon is slated to receive $5 million from the mortgage settlement funds as announced this morning by the governor. The news is very welcome to the small community of Las Animas. As we've been reporting, the closure of the prison has forced some 200 employees to commute, some...

2 years 8 months ago

CU Denver launches program to help veterans

DENVER (AP) - The University of Colorado Denver is launching a program designed to help military veterans find jobs and move into leadership roles as they return to civilian life. The "Boots to Suits" program announced Thursday will include internships, job placement and mentoring by business leaders for veterans who...

2 years 8 months ago

Veterans Office to move

The El Paso County Veterans Services Office will move next week to a new location. "This move is not about the office, it's about providing better access to the services our veterans need," said Jim Tackett, Veterans Services Manager. "Our current location downtown has accessibility issues for veterans with...

2 years 9 months ago

Hearing their wounds

For many returning soldiers, the longest wounds to heal can't be seen. This weekend, LifeQuest asked veterans to turn those wounds into songs. Staff Sergeant Kenneth Sargent is one of these veterans. He returned from Iraq with severe spine damage. "They told me I would never walk again," said Sargent....

2 years 9 months ago

First Lady helping vets get treatment

WASHINGTON (AP) - Michelle Obama has gotten a new commitment from medical schools to boost training and research for the treatment of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health injuries. The initiative is part of the first lady's Joining Forces campaign, which focuses on issues affecting veterans and...

2 years 11 months ago

Congress easily OKs bill for vets, contractors

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress has overwhelmingly approved a bill helping government contractors and unemployed veterans, finally giving President Barack Obama the chance to sign the first, tiny shred of his $447 billion jobs bill into law. The House consented to the popular legislation Wednesday 422-0 as Democrats and Republicans...

2 years 11 months ago

Veterans deals galore

Post offices and banks are closed for business on Friday, November 11th, which is Veterans Day, but many other establishments have their doors wide open and are offering some sweet deals for our veterans. Across the nation and in Colorado many restaurants, convenient stores, and retailers are offering either...

2 years 11 months ago

CO lawmakers want lottery ticket for veterans

DENVER (AP) - Two Colorado lawmakers plan to introduce legislation that would create a lottery ticket aimed at raising funds for veterans' services. Republican Rep. Marsha Looper and Democratic Sen. Suzanne Williams will be speaking Saturday at the state Capitol about the legislation they plan to introduce when the Legislature...

3 years 8 months ago

Sen. Udall calls for TBI therapy for veterans

Sen. Mark Udall, co-chair of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, signed a bipartisan letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates urging the Secretary to provide soldiers suffering from traumatic brain injury with cognitive rehabilitation therapy. The letter notes that the therapy is widely recognized as effective treatment for TBI victims....

3 years 8 months ago

Homeless Veterans forum Monday

More than 100 participants are expected Monday at a regional forum in Denver aimed at ending homelessness among veterans. It will be held Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Denver VA Medical Center, 1055 Clermont Street, Denver. The forum is sponsored by The...

3 years 11 months ago

Veteran's success through art

For some of our war veterans the transition back to civilian life can be difficult. Many struggle to find work to make a living, but there are success stories. Army veteran Jerry Shook works construction during the day, but in his evenings he's the proud owner of The Mud...

3 years 11 months 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 days 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 3 weeks ago

State marks weatherization milestone

Gov. Bill Ritter is recognizing efforts to make Colorado homes more energy efficient by marking a milestone - the 600th home to be weatherized in Denver and Jefferson County. Ritter will visit the Denver home Friday. The Governor's Energy Office has contracted with Veterans Green Jobs to weatherize...

4 years 3 months ago

Colorado group discusses help for combat stress

A Colorado Springs nonprofit is participating in a discussion with a congressional committee on ways to help soldiers and their families deal with combat stress. Representatives of the Pikes Peak Behavioral Health Group and others will attend a meeting with the House Committee on Veterans Affairs in Washington on...

4 years 3 months ago

AFA to host Retiree Appreciation Day

Military retirees and their spouses have the opportunity to get answers about physical therapy, dental care, Tricare and other medical issues at the 2010 Front Range Military Retiree Appreciation Day. It will be held at the Air Force Academy July 24, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. You'll also have...

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