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United States Naval Veteran embracing his wife alongside other Military Veteran families
What is a Protected Veteran & What Does the Status Mean?
What is a Protected Veteran? We will take a closer look at the Protected Veteran law and what this means for the disabled Veteran in Colorado Springs. We will answer what Protected Veteran Status means and determine if you qualify as a Protected Veteran. Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center seeks to help all Veterans and their families understand what Protected Veteran Status means along with the benefits.
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Legal Aid Services for Veterans in Colorado Springs
When the time comes to find legal services for Veterans, you need to know who to trust. We will show you how Mt. Carmel strives to find Veteran legal services for those in the Colorado Springs area. Whether through legal services, Veterans’ legal aid, or local clinics, we have the connections you need to get help fast. Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center aims to help local Military Veterans with legal services, just as we are always here to support your overall wellbeing.
Season of Giving is here – Mt. Carmel is ready
  By Ret. Army Col. Bob McLaughlin Chief Operating Officer We joined the community to kick off the Season of Giving with two important events: a wreath telethon timed ahead of Veterans Day and our annual Operation Turkeys for Troops before Thanksgiving. The telethon, in partnership with KRDO News Channel 13 and coloradohonor.com, is part of a nationwide effort to place wreaths on the graves of fallen veterans across the nation on Dec. 14. Our team will assist the community with placements at 10 a.m.
Operation TURKEYS FOR TROOPS 2019
Mt. Carmel’s annual holiday tradition, Operation TURKEYS FOR TROOPS, ended in record time Nov. 21 as 200 Thanksgiving Baskets were distributed in less than 30 minutes to members of the military and veteran community with all supplies exhausted before 4 p.m. Earlier in the day, 100 food baskets were set aside for presentation to Gold Star Families who lost a family member in combat service to the nation, and an additional 1,200 individual turkeys were provided to chaplains and first sergeants
A hand-up for Danielle
Above: Danielle McCarthy, August 2019 In 2017, Danielle McCarthy’s son returned home from college to Montrose, Colo., to care for her as she recovered from complications related to a medical procedure. At the time, Danielle was responsible for the care of her husband, Air Force Reserve & Army Veteran David McCarthy, Jr. Tragically, David passed in 2017 from the effects of Gulf-War Syndrome. In the wake of so much personal tragedy, Danielle was forced to sell most family belongings, cash out her last $2,000 of pension, and relocate to Colorado Springs for continued medical care and to rebuild her life.
Celebration and Reflection on Family, Service and Sacrifice
by Retired Army Col. Bob McLaughlin, Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center, Chief Operating Officer The many special dates on the calendar in May brought great celebration and reflection this month. Allow me to highlight just a few. On May 10, we marked Military Spouse Appreciation Day. The spouses of our military heroes face many unique challenges as they support their service member serving our nation, not the least of which is the hardship of managing and maintaining a career of their own as they transition from one duty station to another.
Team Member Katie Travis stands in front of a flag inside Mt. Carmel
Katie’s Story: Month of the Military Child
In 1986, Secretary of Defense Casper W. Weinberger decided the sacrifices made by children of military service members deserved special recognition. Throughout April, Mt. Carmel joins the nation in celebrating Month of the Military Child. As part of our celebration we sat down with Mt. Carmel team member Katie Travis: proud, successful and resilient daughter to retired Army Special Forces Soldier Rory and Tina Travis.
Eyeglasses for Larry
Larry Mooring was pretty excited about his new eyeglasses when he picked them up at Mt. Carmel this past week. He showed them off to most of our staff members and fellow veterans. “I was treated like a general back there; it’s embarrassing – I don’t think I deserve it,” said Larry of his experience with Veterans Optometry Partners of America, Mt. Carmel’s in-house partner that provided a complete eye exam, digital lenses and name brand frames without out-of-pocket expense – fully-covered by his annual VA optical benefit.
Season of Giving is here – Mt. Carmel is ready
  By Ret. Army Col. Bob McLaughlin Chief Operating Officer We joined the community to kick off the Season of Giving with two important events: a wreath telethon timed ahead of Veterans Day and our annual Operation Turkeys for Troops before Thanksgiving. The telethon, in partnership with KRDO News Channel 13 and coloradohonor.com, is part of a nationwide effort to place wreaths on the graves of fallen veterans across the nation on Dec. 14. Our team will assist the community with placements at 10 a.m.