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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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  • New Colorado Springs VA clinic gets mostly positive reviews from some first-day patients

    Eschewing two old, crammed buildings for one new one, the Department of Veterans Affairs on Monday opened its long-awaited Colorado Springs health care clinic - framing it as a way to expand care and ease wait times for the region's fast-growing veteran population. Patients bustled in and out of the spacious facility during its first day of...

  • Army criminal investigators warn of romance scammers pretending to be troops

    You've met the soldier of your dreams online. It's true love, even if they need a little cash. That's no GI, the Army's Criminal Investigation Command says. It's a scam. The command sent out a nationwide news release in a bid to warn lonely women about phony troops who use tales of war to steal cash. "CID special agents continue to...

  • Academy cadets take the Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing program

    Out of necessity, the Department of Defense and the NCAA have joined forces to launch a $30 million, three-year study to learn about concussions, and the U.S. Air Force Academy is at the confluence of the effort. More than 13 years of service personnel returning from war with traumatic brain injuries and professional athletes who admit to...

  • Thousands of veterans gather to honor the fallen at Cripple Creek rally

    Steve Mann stood next to an UH-1 Huey helicopter Saturday in admiration of the military service of the men around him. Mann, a retired Army sergeant who is part of a group of Vietnam veterans that tour the state with the helicopter, had just finished a "45-minute" conversation with three men about their own combat experiences. The...

  • Fort Carson community remembers two soldiers who died in combat in Afghanistan

    Gray clouds billowed over Fort Carson on Friday, but a touch of sunlight made its way through the stained-glass windows of Provider Chapel to cast soft rainbows on the pews as two fallen soldiers were memorialized. Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange and Pfc. Keith M. Williams were eulogized as great Americans and great soldiers by Army commanders...

  • PPCC program helps veterans succeed as students

    Vincent Miller was so "petrified" by mathematics that it got in the way of him finishing his college degree. The retired Army sergeant first class and veteran of four infantry combat tours said he was "about eight credits shy" of completing his associate degree online with American Military University, but he kept putting off taking math...

  • Colorado Springs salon owner applauds eased military hair regs

    A move by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this week to ease military hairstyle restrictions earned applause from a Colorado Springs salon owner, who said the change makes combat and fashion sense. Hagel, under pressure from the Congressional Black Caucus, announced Monday that he'll allow troops to sport braids, twists and cornrow styles that...

  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel changes military hair policy after controversy

    Dreadlocks, cornrows, twisted braids and other hairstyles popular among African American women will be more accepted across the military after a forcewide review of hairstyle policies prompted several changes, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said. The three-month review came after a spate of complaints that service-level grooming policies were...

  • Team Rubicon mobilizes to help fellow veterans

    Several dozen members of Team Rubicon were covered in sweat and soot, before most people had contemplated getting out of bed on this Saturday morning. The service-based group of active and former military, first responders and concerned citizens was working to clear burned trees and brush from the property of retired Army Col. Bill Mantia, who...

  • Colorado Springs VA clinic's move means limited regional services for a week

    A new Veterans Affairs clinic will open in Colorado Springs on Aug. 18, the agency announced in a news release, but its opening will mean that many area VA services will be unavailable for a week. The clinic near the Centennial and Fillmore intersection west of Interstate 25 will merge services spread around the Pikes Peak region into a...

  • Texas construction firm paying $300k fine over environmental violations at Air Force Academy

    El Paso, Texas-based Hunt Building has agreed to pay $310,000 to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act at two construction sites at the Air Force Academy, the Environmental Protection Agency said Friday. In 2008 and 2009, the federal agency conducted four inspections of Hunt's two construction sites on academy grounds and noted...

  • Happy homecoming beginning of the end for Fort Carson troops

    It was different this time at Fort Carson. The music, the speech, the prayer and the cheering families were unchanged from the scores of homecomings at the post over 13 years of war. But there was a finality Wednesday. The commute to war may be over for these soldiers. It's the beginning of the end of America's longest conflict. "It's the...

  • Colorado military members revel in chance to work out like Broncos

    Before the Denver Broncos took the field on Saturday to play their summer scrimmage game in front of 30,000 fans, 50 Colorado service members got the chance to train at Mile High Stadium. As part of the USAA Military Combine, soldiers and airmen from around the state were invited to practice on the field and talk with Broncos players and...

  • First American woman in space spent life breaking barriers

    Those who have seen the Earth from space come back changed. Enlightened. The question then becomes, what do they do to help enlighten the inhabitants of the Earth once they have returned? Sally Ride, famous for being the first American woman in space, chose to answer that question by quietly enduring in the face of long odds and a nation of...

  • Upperclassmen influence younger cadets during grueling 11 days of drills, teamwork in Jack's Valley

    More than 1,100 cadets stood at attention as Brig. Gen. Stephen Williams, Air Force Academy commandant, welcomed them to the second phase of their basic training. By the time the flag was raised on Jack's Valley, cadets had marched far from the central campus and deep into the academy's vast training grounds. Williams advised the cadets to...


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