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Read about what's happening in our VA Eastern Colorado health care community.

In the spotlight at VA Eastern Colorado

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

‘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.