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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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  • Veterans rally once again draws huge crowd to Cripple Creek

    Colorado's largest motorcycle rally celebrated its 22nd year in the old mining town of Cripple Creek during the Salute to American Veterans Rally and Festival. More than 35,000 bikers cruised into Cripple Creek Aug. 15-17 in the spirit of brotherhood and remembrance and to pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, or were lost and...

  • Mountain Post Historical Association working to create Fort Carson museum

    Fort Carson is the only major military installation in the U.S. with a combat division that doesn't have a dedicated, comprehensive museum to recognize the service and sacrifice of all who served there. More than 70 units, including 12 divisions, have called Fort Carson home since the installation opened as Camp Carson in 1942. The Mountain...

  • Wounded Texas veterans find therapy on the water

    DALLAS - People who carry on with missionary zeal about the poetry of sailing are probably not manning a bilge pump or scrubbing a hull, but the poetry is there. It's there when the sailor captures the basic physics of wind, water and sail to create seamless motion. For those who love the sport, there's no joy to match it. That very...

  • Man calls VA fine threat over photo intimidation

    BILLINGS, Mont. - A Billings, Mont., man who transports disabled veterans said he was threatened with a $50 fine for appearing in a photograph alongside a newspaper article critical of a new Veterans Administration clinic. Ed Saunders was featured in an Aug. 15 Billings Gazette photo with an article about problems with the opening of the $6.3...

  • Mexico creates special force for economic crime

    MEXICO CITY - Mexico launched a special 5,000-strong police force to combat industrial, farm and business crime that has extended throughout the country's economy, strangling commerce in some regions. Drug gangs have long penetrated some Mexican mining and agricultural sectors, but officials now reveal that everyone from fishermen to tourist...

  • Leader touts value, potential of Maryland Army post

    ABERDEEN, Md. - The new senior commander at Aberdeen Proving Ground said that stronger ties between the Army installation and the surrounding community could help avert large job cuts at the research and weapons-testing post near Baltimore. Maj. Gen. Bruce Crawford said Aug. 22 that he's reaching out to small businesses and inviting the...

  • AAFES makes 'business case' for all vets to shop online

    Allowing 18.8 million honorably discharged veterans to shop online through military exchange services, which also operate brick-and-mortar department stores and concessions on base, could boost store profits enough to pump $100 million back into base quality-of-life programs. That's part of the "business case" made by the Army and Air Force...

  • Home Front Cares doesn't have the supply to meet growing demand

    It's been a busier year than ever for the staff of Home Front Cares, but even with a year of record revenue, demand is outpacing need for the local veterans nonprofit. "Part of that is due to the drawdown and part of that is still a continuation of the economy," said April Speake, executive director of Home Front Cares. After a successful...

  • Military Briefs

    Gov. signs 'Keep Carson Strong' card Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper took time during a Colorado Springs visit Aug. 21 to sign a postcard to the Pentagon urging Army leaders to keep troops at Fort Carson. The Army is examining cuts of up to 16,000 soldiers from the 24,000-soldier post as part of a plan to trim 70,000 active-duty troops by...

  • Military Awards

    Air Force Brig. Gen. Andy Armacost The Air Force Academy's dean of faculty, Brig. Gen Andy Armacost, was honored this month with the West Range award from Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Armacost earned the award for career achievement, contributions to society and service to the fraternity. He joined the fraternity while attending Northwestern...

  • SML Calendar of events starting Aug. 31, 2014

    TUESDAY Women's Beginner Get Golf Ready Lessons - Six-lesson program, 5-6 p.m., Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club, Fort Carson, $99. For other dates and registration, go online or call: mwrfortcarson.com, 332-0024. FRIDAY CG Scramble - 1:30 p.m., Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club, Fort Carson, $30 per person. Registration: 526-4102. Wingman Day - An...

  • 'Great Escape' survivors gather in Colorado Springs in reunion of former WWII POWs

    Seven decades haven't severed bonds built in captivity. Veterans who survived Germany's Stalag Luft III say the connections built in the prison camp have expanded over that time, encompassing children, wives and grandkids. Seventeen survivors of the camp - all in their 90s - are in Colorado Springs this week along with more than 100 family...

  • Burglars steal hand movement of triple amputee who's an Army vet

    SAN ANTONIO — U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ben Eberle was smoking a cigarette Nov. 19, 2011, in the Tangi Valley of Afghanistan when he saw the blue wire. He took one last drag of his cigarette, knowing what would come the moment the enemy detected his movement. He took off running and the IED exploded. Eberle threw up his right arm to protect his...

  • Front Range veterans health system to resume surgeries

    DENVER — The Veterans Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System is restarting surgical procedures. The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1qAGxnp ) that surgeries resume Thursday. The system ceased surgical procedures on Friday over concerns about its air-handling units. There were 115 procedure cancellations, with 17 urgent cases...

  • Funeral Tuesday for Colorado Marine who wanted to surprise brother

    FORT COLLINS — Family and friends are gathering to remember the Colorado Marine killed in a crash on his way home to surprise his little brother. The funeral for Lance Cpl. Brennan Ching will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Faith Evangelical Church in Fort Collins. He died in a rollover crash in central Utah on Aug. 15 while traveling from...


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