An organization dedicated to helping active-duty troops, veterans and their families with a litany of services has more than doubled in size.
The Peak Military Care Network received a three-year, $800,000 grant from the United Health Foundation, the organization announced Friday during an event honoring military spouses.
The grant more than doubles the budget for the nonprofit to about $500,000 - allowing it to hire three people and make several improvements to its website, a one-stop shop for services. The grant continues through 2018.
"It's really transformational for us," said Kate Hatten, the network's president and chief executive. "It really allows us to implement what we've been building over the years."
The network began in 2012 featuring a website offering a list of services across the Pikes Peak region available to military members, their families and veterans. It included links to health care services, child care and employment for people transitioning out of the service.
The grant allows the Peak Military Care Network to hire navigators, who can act as case managers for people seeking help. Those people have been hired, Hatten said.
In addition, Hatten said, several improvements are underway to the network's website to make it more user-friendly.
"It's a pretty comprehensive website, but that can also be overwhelming," Hatten said.
U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, said the grant ensures that vital resources for thousands of people will remain a strong part of the region's safety net.
"They see gaps in their ability to provide care, and they're going to just fill in some of the gaps," Lamborn said.
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