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Colorado’s Role in World War I

Yesterday marked the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the First World War. Colorado had reason to be proud of its role in the Great War. In early 1917, Colorado’s state legislature was the first in the nation,¬†according to James Baker and Leroy Hafen’s History of Colorado, to appropriate funds for the National Guard […]

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Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community

A recent news story discussed a new state audit report assessing the Fort Lyon residential facility – but the news report failed to actually link to the report. You can view the report here. The report provides a cost-benefit analysis of the facility and an assessment of success rates. Fort Lyon, in Bent County, served […]

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College and University Veteran Services

Colorado’s state-funded colleges and universities support veterans and active-duty servicemembers in a variety of ways, from tuition benefits to job placement assistance to mental health services.  If you are a servicemember or veteran who is thinking of applying to a Colorado higher education institution, the following list provides links to the different veterans programs offered […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: Increasing Farm Production in Wartime

Following the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, ever-increasing numbers of Americans were joining the armed forces.  Whether they were training stateside or had been shipped overseas to fight in Europe or the Pacific, the huge numbers of soldiers, sailors, nurses, and others involved in the war needed to be fed.  Luckily, the […]

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Veterans' Benefits

Military veterans are entitled to many state and federal benefits including home loans, tuition support, career services, nursing homes, and burial services.  Recently the Colorado Legislative Council published an Issue Brief that gives an overview of the benefits available to veterans in Colorado. For more in-depth information on some of the programs listed in this […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: Memorial Day

Before 1972, when Memorial Day began being celebrated on the last Monday in May, Memorial Day was traditionally held on May 30.  The holiday was established by the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), an organization of Union veterans of the Civil War, in 1868 to commemorate and decorate the graves of deceased Union soldiers. […]

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Veterans Community Living Centers

Colorado offers five state-run homes for aged veterans and their families.  Located in Aurora (Fitzsimons), Florence, Monte Vista, Rifle, and Walsenburg, the facilities provide a variety of services including long- and short-term care, assisted living, memory care, and hospice services.  Those eligible for the Veterans Community Living Centers (formerly known as State and Veterans Nursing […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: Pearl Harbor

It was “a date that will live in infamy” — December 7, 1941 — and to this day we still commemorate the attack on Pearl Harbor as one of the most significant events in our country’s history.  Tomorrow, December 7, 2016, will be the 75th Anniversary of the historic event that brought America into WWII. […]

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Camp George West and Military Munitions on Green Mountain

This month the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced that it will be investigating possible unexploded military munitions from testing sites at Camp George West in the 1930s through WWII.  There is concern that some of these munitions may be found in nearby Green Mountain residential neighborhoods that were developed after that time, […]

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Resources for Military Families

As we keep our veterans and servicepersons in our thoughts this Veteran’s Day, here are some resources from our library with information on services and benefits for military families: Assistance in Colorado Law for the Active Military and Their Families Benefits for Military Veterans in Colorado Consumer Guide for Military Personnel and Their Families Military […]

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10th Mountain Division

Today came the news that Earl Clark, who served with the 10th Mountain Division in WWII and organized a national association for veterans of the 10th, has died.  Clark was also inducted into the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame.  The 10th Mountain Division was organized during WWII as the “soldiers on skis” who were specially […]

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Colorado Military History

The nation’s military history was the theme of the Denver Veteran’s Day Parade this year.  Colorado has an interesting and extensive military history, dating back to territorial days when Colorado volunteers played a role in the western theater of the Civil War.  You can learn about Colorado’s military history through a number of insightful publications […]

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Veteran's Day

Today is Veteran’s Day — to all our veterans and active military out there, thank you for your service.  The State of Colorado offers many resources for veterans:  The Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs can help veterans find employment, health care, and additional resources.  The Colorado Dept. of Human Services administers the State Veterans Home program.  State […]

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The American Soldier

Be sure to visit the History Colorado Center to view their exhibit “The American Soldier” before it closes on September 2!  This poignant exhibit explores through photographs the lives and experiences of American soldiers from the Civil War to the present day.  Soldiers’ experiences have also been preserved through letters and diaries.  On the History Colorado website you […]

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D-Day Radio Broadcasts

Did you know that you can listen to online recordings of radio broadcasts from D-Day, courtesy of the Colorado State Archives?  Recorded by NBC on June 6, 1944, the historic recordings were given to Colorado Governor Stephen L.R. McNichols in 1957.  They found a home at the Colorado State Archives and are now available online.  […]

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Ike Liked Colorado

So far, no U.S. President has hailed from Colorado, but one of the first ladies has – Mamie Eisenhower.  As a result, the President who spent the most time in our state was Dwight D. Eisenhower; he even established a “Summer White House” at Lowry Air Base during his presidency.  It was on this day 57 […]

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New Resource for Military Servicepersons in Colorado

The Colorado Attorney General’s Office has just released a new guidebook, Consumer Guide for Military Personnel and their Families.  This helpful guide gives service members and their families information on topics such as predatory lending, debt collector scams, foreclosures, identity theft, fraud prevention, and more, all written specifically for those serving our country.  For more information on consumer protection […]

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Hire a Colorado Vet

We’re talking about veterans, not veterinarians. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has just launched a new resource “Hire a Colorado Vet” to help veterans find employment opportunities. Besides offering tools for resume help and interview preparation, the site creates a way for veterans to connect with potential employers. Employers are able to post […]

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Colorado in the Civil War

Lately, Civil War history has come into the spotlight as it began 150 years ago this year, and many anniversary events are taking place. Today, December 6, is the 146th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which ended slavery in 1865. While many think of the Civil War as […]

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Veterans Day – November 11th

On Friday, many state offices will be closed in observance of Veterans Day. Since 1919, November 11th has been a day to honor those who have fought for our country in times of war. The date was originally chosen to honor the armistice between the Allied nations and Germany at the end of World War […]

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Colorado Military Records

There are several places within Colorado state government to find military records. Historic military records are housed at the Colorado State Archives. These include the records of military personnel from Colorado who served as Colorado Volunteers or Colorado National Guard members. At the archives you can find rosters, muster rolls, service records, administrative files, special […]