MILITARY ROUNDUP: Happenings at Colorado Springs bases and beyond

May 12, 2013 Updated: May 12, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Donors help out Home Front Cares

A local military charity received more than $60,000 in donations last month - money that will allow the group to assist a greater number of veterans with emergency expenses.

The Home Front Cares received donations from six organizations: Lockheed Martin, $25,000; Energy Outreach Colorado, $10,500; El Pomar Foundation, $10,000; L-3 Communications, $5,000; Joseph Henry Edmondson Foundation, $5,000; Colorado Springs Utilities Community Focus Fund, $5,000.

Since 2003, The Home Front Cares has raised and distributed more than $4 million to veterans and their families, assisting them by paying for necessities like rent, car repairs and utilities.

Recently, the charity has struggled to raise the funds to meet the growing demand for its services.

For more information on The Home Front Cares or to donate, visit www.thehome


Security ideas earn plaudits at event

Teams representing two local colleges took first and second place at the 2013 National Security Innovation Competition on April 26.

Colorado Technical University students Kelly Hughes and Scott Melton, with adviser Yanzhen Qu, earned first place with their project 'A Novel Method to Detect the Zero-day Variant Malware and its Application on Mobile Devices. '

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs students Raoul Johnson, Claude Burns and Brian Heflin, with adviser Terrance Boult, took second place with their project 'Vaulted Voice Verification. '

The teams won $10,000 and $5,000 respectively.

The competition, hosted by the National Homeland Defense Foundation, was the seventh annual.


MOAA starts group in Tri-Lakes area

The Pikes Peak chapter of the Military Officers' Association of America has launched a satellite group in the Tri-Lakes area.

The group, dubbed the 'Pikes Peak Chapter of the MOAA Business Professionals, ' comprises retired military officers and military-friendly business owners.

The group's goal is to grow their businesses, assist veterans in their job searches and reach out to younger vets.

The group plans to meet every six weeks on a Thursday evening at The Club at Flying Horse, 1880 Weiskopf Point in Colorado Springs.

Those interested in joining should email

For more information on the Pikes Peak chapter of the Military Officers' Association of America, visit


Brain injury center seeks feedback

Feedback is being sought from soldiers who participated in the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center at Fort Carson from January through July of last year.

Participants are asked to contact Nick Etten, Interactive Metronome senior adviser, at 512-992-7567 or


Family program moves to new home

Fort Carson's Exceptional Family Members Program, for military dependents with disabilities, has moved to Room 2124 of the Woods Soldier Family Care Center.

Its hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays. For information on the program, call 526-7805.


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