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Soldiers' advocates say Fort Carson banned them

Fri, May 16, 2014 - 9:06 AM 0

DENVER — Two veterans who advocate for injured or mentally ill soldiers filed a lawsuit saying they have been illegally barred from Fort Carson.


Obama presents top medal to Afghanistan veteran

Tue, May 13, 2014 - 4:56 PM 0

WASHINGTON — It could have been over for Kyle J. White just 30 seconds into the firefight with the Taliban, when a rocket-propelled grenade knocked him unconscious.

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  • Fort Carson soldiers at work making Thanksgiving meals for the needy

    Feel overworked because you have to cook a single turkey for half a dozen people or so on Thanksgiving? What if you had to cook 350 turkeys for 3,000 guests? Thirty soldiers at Fort Carson volunteered to do just that for the celebration meals the Salvation Army is serving the area's needy Thursday. The soldiers have been working at the...

  • Attendance at Colorado Springs VA meeting is sparse

    More VA workers than vets attended a Tuesday meeting to discuss the Department of Veterans Affairs and its efforts to improve service. The VA has been under fire for months about long wait times for care, massive backlogs for benefit claims and customer service failures. New VA boss Bob McDonald has ordered the agency's regional offices to...

  • Wellness model for veterans expands to Colorado Springs

    Automotive impresario Jay Cimino has long wanted to set up a program for veterans in the Pikes Peak region. Best known for leading the Phil Long Dealerships, Cimino has been involved in a string of charities in southern Colorado and was the driving force behind Trinidad's Mount Carmel Wellness Center, which provides primary care and...

  • Veterans Trauma Court: From broken and battered to a leap of faith

    About 100 military veterans, community advocates and elected officials gathered for a milestone graduation ceremony recently for the Veterans Trauma Court program at the 4th Judicial District courthouse in Colorado Springs. The program, which started at the courthouse in December 2009, works to give veterans a chance to receive rehabilitation...

  • Air Force Academy superintendent to receive award

    The Air Force Academy's superintendent will receive an award Saturday that is given to outstanding airmen in honor of a World War II bombardier. Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson has been awarded the Tennessee Ernie Ford Distinguished Aerospace Achievement Award, an annual honor given by Air Force Association Chapter 361, the academy announced...

  • Fort Carson soldier relearned to walk after losing leg in Afghanistan

    Capt. Michael Caspers will leave the Army one day, but he says he will do it on his terms and not before. The San Antonio native and Stryker company commander in Fort Carson's 1st Brigade Combat Team lost his lower right leg to an insurgent's bomb in Afghanistan three years ago. But he's still marching. He said his desire to serve after the...

  • Fort Carson contingent in Africa to help with Ebola outbreak

    More than 160 Fort Carson soldiers have flown to Liberia, where they will build facilities to help battle Ebola, the post announced Monday. Troops from the 615th Engineer Company will bulldoze land for new clinics, improve roads and build bases for aid workers. They left Colorado Springs on flights Thursday and Saturday. "The engineers will...

  • Hundreds take part Colorado Springs run to benefit deployed service members

    During his most recent tour in Kuwait, Henry Wilson received Clif Bars, lip balm, snacks and a homemade beanie from a stranger. They proved the perfect gift. "Seeing someone, a complete stranger, giving you a package means a lot," said Wilson, 25, a sergeant stationed at Fort Carson. On Sunday, he sought to return the favor. Standing in...

  • Air Force Academy visitor center to close Sunday due to weather

    The Air Force Academy's visitor center and visitor area will be closed Sunday due to inclement weather. The visitor's center usually is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Check gazette.com for more information on closures and delays.

  • Veteran's Day run/walk fundraising for Operation Gratitude

    A 3-mile run in Colorado Springs on Sunday will support a charity that sends care packages to troops overseas. The National Veterans Day Run, in Memorial Park, will raise money for Operation Gratitude, which ships care packages to deployed service members. Organizers hope to raise more than $25,000. The 3-mile race, which starts at 3:11 p.m.,...

  • Canadian contingent comprises much of Veterans Day ceremony in Colorado Springs

    Soldiers, sailors and airmen turned out by the dozens for the annual Veterans Day rites in Colorado Springs on Tuesday. And all but a handful of them were Canadian. Weeks after radicals killed two Canadian soldiers, including one slain at Canada's most sacred war memorial, emotions are still raw among the outsized contingent of Canadian...

  • Veterans Day: Wreath dedication among events around Colorado Springs

    A wreath dedication is scheduled at 9:35 a.m. Tuesday at Pikes Peak Community College in honor of Veterans Day. The keynote speaker will be author Clifton Taulbert, "How We Serve." Laura BenAmots will speak and display her "Battle Portraits." The wreath dedication runs from 9:35 a.m.-11:15 a.m., Pikes Peak Community College, 5675 S....

  • America's oldest living vet: At 108 he smokes cigars, drinks whiskey and a whole lot more

    Richard Overton, 108, is thought to be the oldest living veteran in the United States. But he’s as active as ever. He begins his days with a tablespoon of whiskey in his coffee and smokes cigars daily, USA Today reported in 2013. “I drink whiskey in my coffee. Sometimes I drink it straight,” Overton told CNN. “I smoke my...

  • Bill Cosby calls on crowd to remember veterans

    PHILADELPHIA — Comedian Bill Cosby urged hundreds in attendance at a Veterans Day ceremony in Philadelphia to "call out the name of someone who left their life for us" and remember those who died for their country. Cosby told the crowd during a 20-minute address in front of the All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors that "we...

  • Colorado Springs ranked top city to live in for veterans

    Note: A wreath-laying ceremony in honor of Veterans Day is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at the Centennial campus of Pikes Peak Community College, 5675 S. Academy Blvd. Gazette.com is planning to livestream from the ceremony. --- Colorado Springs topped a list released Monday of the best places for veterans to live. With nearly a fifth of its...


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