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VA ECHCS baby shower supports new, expectant mothers

VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS) teamed up with numerous organizations Sept. 23 to offer gifts and support to women Veterans who are pregnant or have given birth in the past year.

Veteran gets baby shower gifts

VA Eastern Colorado advances ‘Healing with Horses’ in caregiver support

“Something magical happened here,” said Lisa Coble, leaving stables Aug. 17 in northern El Paso County. She had spent four mornings over the summer at a 41-acre ranch on Black Forest Road, where ponderosa pines yield to the high plains.

Army Veteran Daniel Luther discusses equine-assisted therapy

New VA Pathfinder Website

VA staff are always looking for better ways to care for our Veterans and evaluating the use of the latest technology and trends is a necessary part of this effort.

Graphic image explaining detail about new Pathfinder website.

Colorado Avalanche celebrates win with Veterans, VA staff

Veterans got a surprise visit July 4 at Rocky Mountain Regional (RMR) VA Medical Center in Aurora. Jared Bednar, Colorado Avalanche head coach, and Erik Johnson, defenseman, decided to visit and bring the Stanley Cup with them.

VA ECHCS nurses with Avalanche and Stanley Cup

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