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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.

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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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  • 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...

  • Denver veterans file discrimination complaint, say housing is dangerous

    For Anthony Mitchell, the Fourth Quarter Residences were a godsend, a low-rent haven for homeless and disabled veterans at a time when he and his wife were living in their car. Now, more than three years after residents began moving into the 36-unit complex, he and others describe a building where security is so lax that neighborhood drug...

  • List: Closings and events on Veterans Day in the Pikes Peak region

    Here's what's open and what's not, schedules that are altered, and special events scheduled on Tuesday: VETERANS DAY CLOSINGS Banks and credit unions: Most banks and credit unions closed Tuesday; check with individual banks or credit unions. Buses (Metro Transit): Regular bus service Tuesday. Government offices: City, county, state and...

  • Reluctant witness testifies in Air Force Academy rape hearing

    The alleged victim in an Air Force Academy rape case called the cadet facing charges "my friend" during a Monday evidence hearing. The woman, a junior cadet, said she didn't want to see cadet Brock Mangum on trial and had kept quiet after the alleged sex assault. "It was half because I was embarrassed, and half because I didn't want to...

  • Fort Carson likely to cancel planned burn

    Firefighters were eying gusty winds ahead of a planned burn of Fort Carson rangeland in Pueblo County. The burn was planned for Monday, but a base spokeswoman said gusty winds from a front pushing south through Colorado would likely cancel it. "Safety is our No. 1 concern," she said. Fort Carson has been burning off standing bush on...

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