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Gazette Premium Content Wounded Warrior Scholarship pushes woman toward dream

KRISTINA IODICE Updated: June 16, 2011 at 12:00 am

When 224 Colorado Technical University students graduate Friday, the accomplishment will mean something extra special to one of them.

Milena Mateo-Ortiz, Wounded Warrior spouse scholarship recipient, will receive an associate of science degree in business administration and plans to pursue a bachelor of science degree in health services administration.



She traveled 1,650 miles to be a part of the graduation, as her husband is currently stationed at Fort Meade, Md.

Mateo-Ortiz's husband received a Wounded Warrior Scholarship and graduated last September with his first college degree. In 2007, he was accidentally run over while serving in Iraq and has undergone surgery for stomach issues and nerve damage in both arms. Mateo-Ortiz has helped him recover while raising their two children and attending college full time.

Each year, 25 wounded service members and 25 spouses receive full scholarships as part of CTU's Wounded Warrior Scholarship program.

The program was developed about four years ago after a university official volunteering at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C., saw that wounded soldiers were growing bored with video games and television.

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