• 3 new laws will benefit Colorado veterans

    BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

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

  • Friday Military Salute: One smile for a lifetime

    BY ERIC SINGER eric.singer@gazette.com -
    Updated: 12 hr ago

    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...

  • Air Force Academy program provides therapy to wounded warriors

    BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    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...

  • Colorado Springs riding program offers help to wounded warriors

    BY JACK HOWLAND jack.howland@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    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...

  • Military briefs

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    Published: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    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...

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

    By TOM PHILPOTT Military Update -
    Published: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    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...

  • Friday Military Salute: Suits for Troops

    BY ERIC SINGER eric.singer@gazette.com -
    Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    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...

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

    BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    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,...

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

    BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    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...

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

    BY TOM PHILPOTT Military Update -
    Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    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...

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