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From Afghanistan to Aspen, USMC Veteran continues to push boundaries

A fourth tour in Afghanistan would change his life forever. The unthinkable happened fast for 25-year-old Marine Corps Veteran Ryan Garza. In 2011, an IED blast rocked the seven-ton truck he was riding in badly injuring his leg.

Veteran and amputee Ryan Garza snowboarding at Winter Sports Clinic

Upholding Valor podcast: Nell Bright, World War II WASP pilot

They were pioneers during a time their country needed them most, yet they were also America’s best kept secret until recently. The Women Air Force Service Pilots of World War II paved the way for women in the military today. 100 year old WASP Veteran Nell Bright is the epitome of Upholding Valor.

Nell Bright

Video - Learning from the Past - Positioning for the Future

Throughout the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System, everyone worked tirelessly to care for our Veteran population as the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in the United States.

A Veteran receives a vaccine from a health care worker

Reach out, keep Veterans connected

It’s been 20 years since 9/11 shook our nation to its very core. We marked that sobering day with humanity and heroism. With communities calling for justice, a new generation started enlisting.

Michael Kilmer

New Telerehab program empowers Veterans at home

Chronic pain was something Army Veteran Magdalen Jean-Baptiste believed she’d experience for the rest of her life. That was until one day when a box arrived at her doorstep packed with an iPad, a Fitbit and more.

Magdalen Jean-Baptiste

Home-based care expands for vulnerable Veterans in Southern Colorado

To improve intensive management and care coordination for Veterans, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System expanded its home-based primary care program in Southern Colorado. An interdisciplinary team is now offering comprehensive primary care in the homes of Veterans.

Dr. Karen Shea sits with Navy Veteran Francisco Montez at home in Pueblo County

‘Choose Home’ volunteers keep senior Veterans connected

As the COVID-19 pandemic response normalized physical separations, Choose Home, a nationally funded initiative for senior Veterans, guaranteed social connections. With vaccinations underway and restrictions easing, the Colorado Springs-based pilot program is ready to expand.

A group of people having a picnic

College student awarded $7,500 scholarship for VA voluntary service

Hard work has earned 20-year-old youth volunteer Anit Tyagi a $7,500 scholarship for his ongoing dedication to serving Veterans with the emergency medical team at VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS).

A male youth volunteer and three adult VA staff members

Blind Veteran finds recovery on the slopes

"I didn’t cry about it until one of these events," said Marine Veteran Zachary Tidwell on a break before his next ski-bike ride on Eldora mountain.

A Veteran on a ski-bike on a mountain

Donated meals fuel health care heroes

Shortly after the issuance of a statewide Stay-At-Home order, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System received a bulk meal donation from a nearby cafe. Since then, community organizations have donated over 15,000 meals.

A Eastern Colorado Health Care System has received more than 15,000 donated meals to date from local eateries.