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Opinion: On Memorial Day, let’s remember the thousands of unclaimed veterans not yet buried

Memorial Day is an opportunity to reflect on and honor those who gave their lives in the service of the U.S. Today, many Americans will visit the graves of the millions of soldiers buried in national cemeteries, including Fort Logan in Denver and Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs.  This year, while honoring those fallen service […]

Posted inOpinion, Write On, Colorado

It’s not just underlying medical conditions that pose problems. As a veteran, I know.

I wrote this for myself and then shared it with a few friends and got some good reviews. As with similar pre-existing medical conditions, those with pre-existing mental conditions are vulnerable to the effects of today’s locked-down restrictions and gloomy news.  As a veteran, I know how sensitive vets and others with PTSD, for example, […]

Posted inColoradans, News, Outdoors

For war-weary veterans, a dose of “adventure therapy” can help them ski off the war

RIDGWAY — It’s nearly dark when the team arrives at the Blue Lakes Hut. After slogging nearly eight miles through melting snow, they celebrate their arrival with steaming bowls of mashed potatoes.  With socks and boot liners dangling from the rafters, the team of former Green Berets rib and tease each other. They poke fun […]

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97-year-old Colorado Springs man, one of the last surviving USS Arizona crew members, dies

COLORADO SPRINGS — One of the remaining USS Arizona crew members who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor has died. Donald Stratton passed away at his Colorado Springs home in his sleep Saturday with his family in attendance. The 97-year-old veteran had been in poor health since contracting pneumonia in October. “He was a very […]

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Opinion: Let’s celebrate our nation’s heroes — and hidden heroes — this November

November is not only National Veterans Month but also National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize and thank the more than 40 million family caregivers in the U.S. This November, we should honor and pay respect to both: those who served our country in uniform and the hidden heroes caring for our veterans at […]

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Opinion: Veterans’ sacrifice has earned our lasting gratitude — and the promise of quality, affordable health care kept

As we celebrate the 101st anniversary of when “the war to end all wars” was ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, we remember those who fought for our country. Even before our first days as a country, colonial America recognized the high value of those who defended its […]