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Among military spouses, the unemployment rate is 16 percent — four times the national average. And of those with work, many are settling for part-time jobs when they’d rather work full-time. It’s a familiar problem for women and men married to active duty service members. Deployments and frequent moves mean their career paths are constantly […]
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Editor’s note: This is the last in a three-part series examining partnerships between the military and the civilian business sector. In November, Peterson Air Force Base added 276 acres to the tract it leases from Colorado Springs Airport, bringing the size of the base to 1,476 acres. It was the latest development in the 52-year-old […]
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Incarcerated veterans and other veterans at risk of homelessness are being recruited for a new safety net program — a partnership between Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center, El Pomar Foundation, Pikes Peak Community College and the Pikes Peak Workforce Center. The Mt. Carmel-led program, Veterans Climb, aims to help participants become self-sufficient by giving them […]
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Transitioning veterans share job-hunting experiences (Editor’s note: This is the second in a series addressing factors, needs and solutions concerning veteran unemployment in Colorado Springs.) Whether service members are medically discharged, leave at the end of their enlistment contract or retire after 20 years, they all face a transition forcing them to find new goals […]
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The partial shutdown of government functions became temporary Monday, when thousands of federal employees were invited back to work in Colorado Springs and across the nation. Local military bases and the Mountain Post were similarly affected, according to sources who work there. Although no one has yet calculated the economic loss to the city of […]
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Rocky Mountain PBS invites the public to honor the service men and women in their lives by attending a screening of “The Homefront.” A documentary, “The Homefront” creates a series of intimate portraits of military members by following families through the difficulties of deployment, the joys of homecoming and the challenges of reintegrating as a […]
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A Colorado Springs campus that trains veterans in manufacturing could soon be in the works, if Blackfox Training Institute sees enough employer interest in its program. The Advanced Manufacturing Program for Military Veterans teaches courses geared toward the requirements of aerospace and defense manufacturing, Blackfox president and CEO Allen Dill said, and aims to boost […]
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As the U.S. Army prepares to cut 80,000 military members — a 14 percent reduction in active-duty personnel — Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel came to Fort Carson last week and assured soldiers that the cuts are an opportunity for a more nimble fighting force. Fort Carson will lose the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, part […]
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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Olympic Committee are making it easier for disabled athletes to train in their own communities, including in Colorado Springs. The VA awarded $4.4 million in funds to 95-community based organizations in support of Paralympic sport and physical activity programs for disabled veterans and disabled members of […]
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The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak Community College are among the most military friendly schools in the country, according to G.I. Jobs magazine. G.I. Jobs, and its publisher Victory Media, named UCCS and PPCC to its 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools, a recognition given to the top 15 percent of […]
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Col. Joel Hamilton looked forward to starting his assignment in May as Fort Carson’s garrison commander with a few calm months of learning his new post and meeting people. Little did Hamilton realize, until just before arriving, that he’d be stepping into a tough situation from his first day on the job, May 21. When […]
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Monday, U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado, and retired Lt. Gen. Ed Anderson will join leaders of the Pikes Peak region for a forum on national security and economic prosperity in Colorado Springs and the state. The forum will take place Monday at noon at The Broadmoor hotel. The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, based in Washington, D.C., […]
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