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Blue Water Navy Agent Orange Claims

One of the first lawsuits brought against the Department of Veterans Affairs for benefits for veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange was in 1986. At issue in Nehmer v. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was the fact that the on... — Updated 6/16/2021


Women's Army Corps honors fallen soldiers

Dee Dunlap, Susan Stephens, Dawn Lisbon and Darlene Hurley, members of the Women's Army Corps (WAC) Chapter 75, left flags at veterans' graves at Fairview Cemetery on May 29 in... — Updated 6/16/2021

 By Freddy Groves    Military

Volunteering at the VA

The Department of Veterans Affairs just celebrated its 75th year of using volunteers to run programs for veterans. In that time they’ve toted up 1 billion hours of volunteer time. Last year alone, 46,000 volunteers worked 4.4... — Updated 6/9/2021


Fort Carson honors its fallen soldiers

Fort Carson honored two fallen soldiers in a ceremony Thursday at the Mountain Post Warrior Memorial in Kit Carson Park. This is the 18th annual ceremony at the memorial, and this... — Updated 6/1/2021


City of Fountain Memorial Day ceremony

The crowd braved cool, drizzly weather to attend this year's Memorial Day ceremony.... — Updated 6/1/2021

 By Freddy Groves    Military

Career retraining

If you’ve lost your job due to the pandemic, to the extent that you know you need a different career, the Department of Veterans Affairs might be able to help. The Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program is in place and... — Updated 6/1/2021


Pikes Peak National Cemetery commemorates Memorial Day

Pikes Peak National Cemetery, the region's cemetery for U.S. veterans, held a private ceremony in honor of Memorial Day last Friday. Existing COVID-19 restrictions prevented... — Updated 6/1/2021


Homeless vets study

A recent Department of Veterans Affairs press release about a study of homelessness among veterans said it found “issues related to financial strain are significant risk factors for becoming homeless.” Those types of financial... — Updated 5/25/2021


Once-homeless vets test job market

In the month since the homeless veterans had moved into the attic dormitory, three of them had gotten jobs of one kind or another. Sarge had gone banging on doors up and down the main street, looking for available work within... — Updated 5/18/2021


Fort Carson's new Intrepid Spirit Center to treat TBI

Officials at Fort Carson gathered last Thursday to break ground on the new Intrepid Spirit Center, which will diagnose and treat traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stre... — Updated 5/18/2021


VA vaccine clinic gets a thumbs-up

I wasn’t the only one walking down the street toward the Department of Veterans Affairs pop-up vaccine clinic. In fact, there were about six guys who were doing the same thing I was: scoping out the situation before actually... — Updated 5/11/2021


First Lady meets with military spouses at Fort Carson

First Lady Jill Biden visited Fort Carson last Thursday to commemorate Military Spouse Appreciation Day. Biden spoke to a crowd of service members and spouses, and she took some... — Updated 5/11/2021


Emergency exercises scheduled

Fort Carson will conduct a full-scale exercise, dubbed Mountain Guardian 21, May 19-20 to test the installation’s emergency response and recovery systems and capabilities. It will include several scenarios including an aircraft... — Updated 5/11/2021


Still waiting on records?

Weeks ago, I wrote about the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) being mostly closed due to COVID-19 with staff unable to process requests for information. I warned that unless you have one of a very short list of essential... — Updated 5/4/2021


Secretary of Defense visits area installations

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III departs U.S. Space Command with USSPACECOM Commander Gen. James H. Dickinson during a visit to Schriever Air Force Base on Thursday, April... — Updated 5/4/2021


Group seeks veterans for upcoming division reunion

The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division at any time. For information about the association and its 99th annual reunion in Kansas City, Mo., from Sept.... — Updated 5/4/2021


After 59 years, the families of Flying Tiger Line Flight 739 Receive Closure

On May 15 a memorial will be unveiled in Columbia Falls, Maine Very little is known about what happened to Flying Tiger Line Flight 739, a military mission plane that went missing on March 16, 1962, with 93 U.S. Army Soldiers on b... — Updated 5/4/2021


Army hospital launches new GENESIS health record system

Evans Army Community Hospital (EACH) launched MHS GENESIS, a new electronic health record and patient portal, last week at Fort Carson. “Our service members and families deserve the best care,” said Col. Kevin Bass,... — Updated 5/4/2021


4th CAB Soldiers deploy for Guardian Response Exercise

About 50 Soldiers with the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division recently deployed to Camp Atterbury, Ind. (CAIN), to participate in the Guardian Response (GR) exercise in April and return to Fort Carson in May.... — Updated 5/4/2021


All Vets now eligible for COVID vaccine

With the SAVE Act (Strengthening and Amplifying Vaccination Efforts), the Department of Veterans Affairs is opening the doors to vaccinating all veterans, spouses and caregivers. This is a major step forward from the previous... — Updated 4/27/2021


USAFA cadets getting familiar with aircraft

U.S. Air Force Academy cadets participate in an aircraft familiarization event at Peterson Air Force Base, April 17. Cadets spoke with crew and toured the AC-130W aircraft from... — Updated 4/27/2021


Fountain native Andrew Long training in Japan

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Andrew Long, a native of Fountain, and Chris Barraza of Kearney, N.J., both field artillery cannoneers with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines, 3d Marine... — Updated 4/27/2021


Getting a 'general' sense of things at Peterson AFB

U.S. Army Gen. Richard D. Clarke, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, speaks with U.S. Air Force Gen. Glen VanHerck, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command... — Updated 4/27/2021


Top Army general tours Fort Carson, promotes soldiers

U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. James C. McConville (center) speaks to Ivy Soldiers on April 21 at 4th Infantry Division Headquarters about mask safety after he promoted Pfc.... — Updated 4/27/2021


Army reserve space battalion takes aim at new Army weapons qualification

Story by Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Rognstad  1st Space Brigade   Soldiers of the U.S. Army Reserve 2nd Space Battalion, 1st Space Brigade, the Army's only Reserve space battalion,... — Updated 4/21/2021


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