If anyone asks, can you say you're healthy and well in mind, body and spirit? In this edition of Veterans Voice, hear from three practitioners who can guide you to becoming the best you!
The Veteran's Voice presented by USAA is a service of Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center, produced in the OPTUM Podcast Studio, distributed via the Medicare Mentors Veterans Voice Podcast Channel, powered by Technology Partner, Colorado Computer Support and made possible in part by Supporting Partner, The WireNut Home Services.
Defense contractor Vectrus is supporting active-duty military service members and their installations in 28 countries while supporting veteran initiatives at Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center. Headquartered right here in Colorado Springs, Vectrus is dedicated to hiring, supporting and growing veteran employees.
Partnerships with national and international organizations will be impacting the military and veteran community this spring and summer as Home Depot and Deloitte deploy “boots on the ground” volunteers leading key projects throughout the community.
Hear the personal success story of an Air Force veteran whose post-military career in culinary arts is thriving. And the 719 Battle of the Food Trucks event is coming up Sunday, May 15 and supports Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center.
For many, transitioning out of active-duty service is life-changing. Mt. Carmel’s Transition & Employment team partners with the federally-mandated Transition Assistance Program (TAP) at the local military bases to continue being a Beacon of Support following full transition. Hear from a local TAP leader and recently retired service member on the many opportunities locally to set individuals up for success post-military.
Presenting sponsor of The Veteran Voice USAA joins to share the variety of benefits they offer members throughout all stages of life and Mt. Carmel offers military, veterans and their families an opportunity to leave a lasting legacy for fellow service members and veterans through planned giving.
It’s tax season and Mt. Carmel is offering free tax-preparation and submission to active-duty service members, veterans and their families thanks to a partnership with AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program! And TREA Chapter 1 joins the show to welcome all veterans, no matter their era of service, as they continue to grow the nation’s first-chartered chapter of The Enlisted Association. Their commitment to serve others continues post-military service.
Mt. Carmel welcomes a new Certified Financial Planner to the team offering free financial coaching to ALL veterans and their families while mortgage partners are guiding military and veteran home buyers with monthly VA Home Buying Workshops. Finally, if you’re interested in paddle sports, Team River Runner is an active local chapter just for veterans and their families.
Employment in the defense contracting industry is a natural transition for many veterans and local defense contractor Jacobs shares their multi-layered approach to supporting veteran organizations, hiring veterans and empowering their veteran-led team. In celebrating of Black History Month, podcast presenting sponsor USAA is giving veterans and their families a-hand-up, not-a hand-out through their multi-year racial equity grant administered through Mt. Carmel VSC.
Guiding clients to financial security is important to their long-term success and to assist with this initiative, Mt. Carmel is excited to welcome back Dave Ramsey’s 9-week Financial Peace University program specifically for military and veterans beginning February 16. And Will’s Hope is once again offering an eleven-day immersion retreat in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem this summer. Geared just for veterans, the life-changing retreat encompasses positivity, nature and Native Americans as self-healing mechanisms for growth and self-healing.
Executive Director Col. Bob McLaughlin, U.S. Army, Retired recaps Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center’s impactful year as they look forward to growth in the new year. And Behavioral Health Partner Veteran’s PATH shares opportunities to support veterans’ mental health as they transition from military service.
Archery School of the Rockies is offering FREE “Learn to Shoot” Clinics to active-duty service members and veterans in 2022. Both adaptive and non-adaptive 4-week clinics allow individuals to try a new sport. In addition, VA work study and paid internship opportunities facilitated through Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center are mutually beneficial to veterans entering a new career and businesses wanting to hire veterans.
Communities across the nation will come together December 18 to honor, remember and teach as 2.3 million wreaths are placed at 3,100 locations for National Wreaths Across America Day. Locally, ceremonies will be held at Pikes Peak National Cemetery, Fairview Cemetery, Evergreen Cemetery and Roselawn Cemetery in Pueblo. National and local supporters share what motivates them each year.
Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center is expanding its wraparound services to veterans and their families in Southern Colorado, including Fountain, Pueblo and Trinidad. Veterans living in rural areas of Southern Colorado will enjoy the same integrated service model offered in Colorado Springs.
The Vietnam War and it’s veterans are often overlooked. In this show you’ll hear personal stories and reflections from Vietnam War veteran, and Mt. Carmel Ambassador, Dr. Dan Sollee. And Pike’s Peak, America’s mountain, is the host to the first-annual Peak Ride for Honor, a 1,584-mile motorcycle ride from Springfield, MI to the summit of Pike’s Peak to remember and honor the 1,584 Missing In Action service members from the Vietnam War.
Music expression is an alternative way to process depression, PTS and anxiety. Hear from a Mt. Carmel Ambassador who is leading a new weekly jam session at Mt. Carmel. It’s a low-key opportunity to play, learn and build a band with other veterans. And partner Veteran Optometry Partners of America offers FREE eye care to veterans and is expanding service to veterans’ dependents to expedite one-stop service for the entire family.
Creative works of art by military members, veterans and their families will be on display at Studio West Art Gallery in downtown Colorado Springs July 2-23, 2021 for the first annual Veteran Art Exhibition hosted by Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center, Pikes Peak Community College and the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region. And Comcast’s commitment to the military community has been firm since the company’s founding.
A recent independent study conducted by the Colorado Institute for Social Impact found that for every $1 Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center receives, $2 of impact goes back into the community. Hear from community leaders why this Social Return on Investment recognition solidifies Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center’s impact on local military, veterans and their families.
Education is the focus of this show and we recognize Mt. Carmel Veteran Services Center partner Veterans Upward Bound, who ensures transitioning military members and veterans have access to their education benefits, and partner Troops to Teachers, who recognizes the specialized skillset veterans bring to the classroom as teachers in their civilian career.
Since opening the doors at Mt. Carmel Veteran Services Center five years ago, a partnership with El Paso County Veteran Service Officers (VSO) has been instrumental in ensuring thousands of veterans, and surviving spouses, receive the support they earned through service to our country. Hear directly from three VSOs who are honored to continue serving our nation’s heroes.
Prep Connect 360 is celebrating eight years guiding transitioning military members toward their post-military career. Hear from two of over 800 graduates who credit their post-military success to the tangible skills, networking and interviewing opportunities presented in the 5-day “TAP on steroids” Prep Connect 360 class.
April is Month of the Military Child where our nation honors and celebrates the sacrifice of military children. Our community is passionate about taking care of military families and children. Hear from the Deputy Superintendent at Fountain-Ft. Carson School District 8, Founder and CEO of the non-profit Angels of America’s Fallen and leader of the local Military Arts Connection which provides art enrichment experiences.
In the second of a two-part series on veterans physical health, hear how Longevity Care Clinic’s unique functional medicine approach digs to the root cause of illness with an effort to wean patients off prescription medications. And a 22-year Navy Veteran continues her “spirit to serve” in her post-military career as local owner of LaVida Massage.
The physical and spiritual health of military, veterans and our families is paramount as we age. In the first of a two-part series, hear from field experts with Peterson Air Force Base’s Health Promotion and a VA chaplain who provides multiple weekly group sessions at Mt. Carmel. Both share why a healthy balance of body, mind and spirit enhances quality of life.
Long-term financial security is a top goal of many veterans. Hear how Mt. Carmel’s upcoming Financial Wellness Workshops will guide veterans and their families as they achieve financial security. And The Enlisted Association, also well-known as TREA Chapter 1, is re-engaging current and new members as they settle in their new home in the Mission Trace Shopping Center.
This year Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center celebrates five years of serving those who served! Hear from COO Bob McLaughlin why the need for services is increasing and how growing partnerships will help more military, veterans and their families. Also highlighted is DeVry University and their nearly 90-year commitment to the military. Their Military/Veteran Student Experience team is dedicated to helping military, veterans and their families facilitate an effective education experience.
Learn how Mt. Carmel’s new Back to Work Campaign is prepared to help clients find employment by providing emergency assistance, scholarship opportunities and professional certifications with an emphasis for minority and military spouses participation. And hear the authentic and transparent testimony of a newly-transitioned veteran as he navigated into a civilian career after 27 years in the Army.
Hear the impact Prep Connect 360 had on a newly-transitioned veteran as he navigated into a civilian career after 27 years in the Army. A brand-new outdoor immersion program, just for veterans and near Yellowstone National Park, is launching next summer and the local nonprofit Will’s Hope is accepting registrations through January 2021. Finally, there are just a few days left to make a year-end financial impact within the veteran community.
Veteran Voice podcast sponsor USAA announces a $1.3 million commitment to local organizations serving military, veterans and their families. And good news for military spouses transitioning into the community who work in occupations requiring a license. House Bill 20-1326 goes into effect January 1 and clears the previous hurdle of certification. Visit DPO.Colorado.gov/Military/Spouses to apply for a no-cost, three-year, temporary credential.
Veteran-owned and operated 1350 Distilling celebrates its one-year anniversary Veterans Day. The downtown distillery and taste lounge utilize the Marine Corps’ heritage when crafting spirits. Their social impact is appreciated by many local military and veteran nonprofits. And 719 Heroes at Sellstate Alliance Realty is dedicated to helping homeless veterans find safe and stable housing as the Presenting Sponsor of Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center’s transitional housing unit in 2021.
Progressive Insurance’s Keys to Progress veteran vehicle giveaway was the capstone to independence for Mt. Carmel client Amy Schell who recently transitioned out of homelessness. Hear from Progressive, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Amy on the giveaway’s impact on all parties. And hear how The Salvation Army increases its services to the veteran community this winter.
The 15th Annual Colorado Springs Women’s Expo With a Cause is returning November 7 & 8 to the Norris Penrose Event Center. Mt. Carmel is a proud sponsor of this year's event and we have FREE tickets for women in the military, military veterans and military spouses. Visit www.veteranscenter.org to claim yours.
Next, Medicare Mentors announces open enrollment which allows carriers to review plans and optimize benefits. Stop by their Enrollment Wellness Fair November 14, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center.
Finally, The Enlisted Association is an active chapter locally, hosting events to financially support Angels of America's Fallen, and they are growing their membership, always welcoming younger veterans.
We're grateful for Comcast NBCUniversal's financial support of military, veterans and their families! Hear how Comcast is being recognized as a standout employer for veterans and how you can work for the award-winning company. Next, weekly FREE in-person Art Therapy sessions provide military, veterans and their families a nontraditional way to process life stressors and trauma. And finally, Mt. Carmel in-house resident Break The Silence Against Domestic Violence speaks on the often silenced topic during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.
Veteran Voice lead sponsor USAA announces an unprecedented $30 million donation to military organizations nationwide. Visit www.usaa.com/coronavirus to learn more. If you’re looking to get a leg up in the job market, learn about Mt. Carmel’s new Level Up Scholarship program providing FREE resources for certifications, continued education, etc. Partner LeaderQuest, an ACI Company, shares how military, veterans and their families can get FREE training in the fast-growing field of Cyber Security. And finally, Project Welcome Home Troops is once again offering its impactful Power Breath Meditation Workshop later this month. Participants learn natural breath-based tools that decrease stress, anxiety and sleep problems leading to mental clarity, enhanced well-being and improved relationships.
Great news! Local initiatives to curb veteran homelessness is decreasing the number of homeless veterans in our community. Hear how the Pikes Peak Veteran Housing Fund is helping vulnerable veterans find safe and stable housing. Landlords can play a key role in helping veterans and their families prevent homelessness by receiving incentives and compensation if damage and unpaid rent is incurred. Join advocates of veteran homeless prevention on September 15 for the 22nd Annual Colorado Springs Homeless Veterans Stand Down event.
September is Suicide Prevention Month and Mt. Carmel VSC is excited to partner with BreakThrough Neurofeedback to offer clients a significant REDUCED RATE on brain training sessions which help reduce stress, anger, flashbacks, impulsivity and bitterness, while promoting restful sleep, a sense of calm, patience, clarity, improved energy and motivation. Hear a first-hand account from a military veteran experiencing PTSD. And hear updates on Mt. Carmel’s 5th Annual Patriot Day Give Back event Friday, September 4. Register to be one of 800 families served.
Today’s show highlights a new partnership with fellow nonprofit Citizen Soldier Connection that provides critical funds to ensure no Veteran is left behind. Also, many Veterans don’t realize they have a story to tell. Sign-up for a Life-Story Timeline exercise at Mt. Carmel and discover how to develop your unique story. Next, mark August 25 and 26 on your calendar if your job hunting. A virtual career fair and resume workshop are geared specifically to Military, Veterans and their families. Lastly, good news for military spouses! Listen to hear all about the great things happening at Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center.
Hear how Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center and TESSA are partnering to provide the military and veteran community FREE monthly legal seminars geared specifically to the topics many experience. And COVID can’t stop annual philanthropic events. Hear about upcoming outdoor events where you can support Mt. Carmel while enjoying a fun experience.
Thanks to our generous financial donors, Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center provides all services at no/low cost to military, veterans and their families. On today’s show we recognize Dear American Heroes and Wells Fargo for their financial support.
Mt. Carmel, along with financial leaders, including home lending company Loan Depot, are partnering together to offer weekly Financial Wellness Workshops beginning Thursday, July 9. And hear how the Veteran Service Career Program helps veterans, no matter their era of service, their spouses and eligible dependents find suitable employment tied to their vocational goals.
The Colorado Springs-region housing market is fierce. Hear from local leaders with The Lana Rodriguez Group, Homes for All Veterans and Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center how the volatile market is affecting military, veterans and their families across all economic levels.
Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center is a Beacon of Support for military, veterans and their families. Chief Operating Officer Bob McLaughlin shares Mt. Carmel’s commitment to serving our communities veterans following their service to our country. Hear a first-hand account of support received from a client who just happened to find Mt. Carmel as he transitioned out of the military. And learn how collaborating with our community partners is paramount to Mt. Carmel’s success.