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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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  • 3 new laws will benefit Colorado veterans

    A measure that will allow military honors to be displayed on handicap license plates is one of three veteran-friendly Colorado General Assembly measures becoming law Wednesday. Colorado Springs Republican Rep. Kit Roupe said she wrote HB-1026 to give extra honor to those disabled in combat by allowing handicap license plates that display...

  • Friday Military Salute: One smile for a lifetime

    Jennifer Lipscomb sees a link between her work as a supply specialist in the Army and what she now does as a civilian. "Honestly, it is all about giving," said Lipscomb, who spent eight years in the Army and is now the Chapter Resource Director with Smile for a Lifetime in Colorado Springs. "I found that as a supply specialist, my biggest...

  • Air Force Academy program provides therapy to wounded warriors

    Wounded, injured and ill airmen sat tall in the saddle last week as they rode through an Air Force Academy program designed to give them a key healing ingredient. "Confidence," said retired Tech. Sgt. Larry O'Neil, who has spent years battling the hidden mental wounds that followed combat in northern Iraq. The San Antonio-based Air Force...

  • Colorado Springs riding program offers help to wounded warriors

    The clomping sound of hooves was hard to miss Saturday afternoon at the Kit Carson Riding Club for the inaugural Ranch Horse Round Up. Organized by the National Versatility Ranch Horse Association and the riding club, the first day of the two-day Colorado Springs event offered participants up to three 2½-hour sessions on everything from...

  • Military briefs

    Carson deputy gets stars on collar Fort Carson deputy commander Timothy Daugherty is seeing stars after the Army's top general gave him one for each collar point. Col. Daugherty became Brig. Gen. Daugherty in a Thursday ceremony presided over by Army chief Gen. Ray Odierno. Most recently assigned to the Pentagon, Daugherty moved to Fort...

  • Military Update: VA chief counterpunches over 'community care' costs

    The Veterans Choice, Access and Accountability Act of 2014, which Congress rushed to pass last summer to address a patient wait-time scandal, spurred the VA to broaden access to care. Turns out it did so largely through use of existing and often costly contract authorities and partnerships for non-VA health care with local communities rather...

  • Friday Military Salute: Suits for Troops

    Rampart Range Blue Star Mothers is sponsoring a Suits for Troops campaign to provide suits to people transitioning out of the military in Colorado Springs. The Blue Star Mothers consists of moms of active or former military and found decided to do the campaign after a member saw a similar program elsewhere, said Mothers president Terry Rocha....

  • Army's top general talks troop cuts, citizen patrols in Fort Carson visit

    Army chief Gen. Ray Odierno said during a Fort Carson visit he wants 490,000 soldiers in uniform to meet the service's worldwide commitments - 40,000 more than current cost-cutting plans. The service's top general said he needs the extra troops because ongoing trouble in Iraq, tensions with Russia and other commitments on five continents....

  • Getting to the bottom of Army troop cuts is no easy task

    The Army says it will cut 40,000 soldiers from its ranks, but how it will hack about half that number from the roster is hazy. This month the Pentagon unveiled a nationwide troop reduction, but only gave a detailed accounting of about half the soldiers it plans to cut. Experts compare the move to a child who cleans a room by shoving the mess...

  • Military Update: Vet groups warn hill not to act on aging of 'IU' claimants

    Representatives of the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans have warned lawmakers to reject calls to impose an age ceiling or other cost controls on VA compensation payments to veterans whose service-connected disabilities leave them unemployable. An age ceiling is perhaps the most tempting option discussed in a new Government...

  • Military briefs

    Ex-Broncos coach will play in tourney Golfers can take a swing to help troops and veterans during a Thursday charity tournament at Fort Carson to benefit the Mount Carmel Center for Excellence in Colorado Springs. The center, now constructing its headquarters on South 8th Street, is planned as a one-stop shop that will consolidate the efforts...

  • Colorado Attorney General issues list of troops' top consumer complaints

    Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman issued a list of the top consumer complaints from troops for 2014. Debt collectors led the pack of those drawing complaints from troops. Last year, the office got 418 consumer fraud complaints from the state's 50,000 active-duty and part-time troops, which includes about 40,000 soldiers and airmen in...

  • Enlisted airmen get basic training repeat as Air Force Academy prep students

    Dozens of airmen got a repeat of basic training last week at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School, which welcomed the biggest group of former airmen to its halls in years. The school accepted 56 former enlisted airmen to begin the five-year road to officership, a leap in enlisted enrollment that came after years of the 240-student prep...

  • Report: Troops face hassles with student loans, despite law

    WASHINGTON - A government regulator says military personnel are still being hassled over their student loans despite the federal laws and programs put in place to protect them, and officials worry it could signal a broader problem in the $1.2 trillion student debt market. In a report released July 7, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau...

  • Colorado Springs area military events starting July 19, 2015

    Through AUG. 7 Suits for Troops - Donate gently used men's and women's suits to assist servicemen/women preparing to enter civilian life at Braxton, 6 N. Tejon St., Suite 220. All suits must be cleaned, on hangers (preferably still in dry-cleaner bags) and sizes must be clearly marked on the outside of the bag; Donna, 219-7456,...

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