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.
Hear how an innovative infusion therapy called Ketamine can increase veterans’ quality of life when relief is not obtained from other traditional resources. In addition, leaders and graduates with the highly popular employment workshop Prep Connect 360 recommend every transitioning military member, veteran and military spouse take the week-long class if they are looking for employment.
Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center partners Star Dental Institute, National Cyber Security Center and Infinity Shuttle join the show highlighting services, training and employment for military, veterans and their families.
Leading experts with Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center and Pikes Peak Workforce Center join Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center as they share the effect COVID-19 has had on the veteran community, including small business owners, job seekers and transitioning military. In addition, a previous Mt. Carmel client shares how he is paying it forward by mentoring fellow military members during their transition.
Top leaders with Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center, the Pikes Peak United Way and TESSA share how local nonprofits are joining together to help connect residents with available resources throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center and local financial partners are encouraging veterans to take control of their finances during Financial Literacy Awareness Month in April. Listen as a representative with Navy Federal Credit Union joins a Mt. Carmel certified financial coach to highlight a new Financial Wellness Program specifically catered to veterans. In addition, hear about the Quilts of Valor program that presents veterans with quilts, handmade by patriotic men and women volunteers across America.
It’s tax season! Hear how a partner of Mt. Carmel helps businesses take advantage of tax credits available when they hire transitioning military, veterans and their families. And supporting the employment endeavors of Mt. Carmel, a representative with the Hazardous Waste Worker Training Initiative shares how military installations, including Ft. Carson, provide free training and certifications to military, veterans and their families which lead to employment.
Mt. Carmel’s Veterans Service Center is excited to offer a Service to Sales and Service to Technician internship program designed to prepare transitioning service members for a career in the automotive sales and service technician industries. A peer navigator from Mt. Carmel’s Transition and Employment team joins Phil Long Auto Group to share how successful interns can be placed within the Phil Long Auto Group upon completion.
Learn more about Mt. Carmel's internship program for transitioning service members, veterans and their families on this week's Veteran's Voice podcast. Guests from Mt. Carmel’s Transition and Employment team and the SMART Heroes program share how veterans can receive free training in the sheet metal industry through a seven-week course which fulfills their first year of sheet metal apprentice training.
Mt. Carmel is excited to partner with SMART Heroes sheet metal training as part of its internship program for transitioning service members. Guests from Mt. Carmel’s Transition and Employment team and the SMART Heroes program share how veterans can receive free training in the sheet metal industry through a seven-week course which fulfills their first year of sheet metal apprentice training.
Licensure reimbursement for military spouses; A Health Fair-for-all Nov 9 at Mt. Carmel; Exit West’s Alan Mullineaux says tix available for Hoedown for Heroes, Nov 7! Hosted by Navy Veteran & KRDO NewsRadio/KRDO NewsChannel 13 / KRDO.com personality Mike Lewis, presented by USAA Careers in partnership with Star Dental Institute Inc. & Together We Smile. Listen in: tinyurl.com/VVnov2
In this edition of the Veterans Voice with Mike Lewis, Navy Veteran, Damien Ford, begins a new career; Vietnam/Army Veteran, Bob McConnell, invites you all to join a contemporary discussion of faith; Mt. Carmel's Lisa Buckman on Hoedown for Heroes and more!
The Award-Winning Veterans Voice Podcast is hosted by Navy Veteran and KRDO NewsRadio’s, Mike Lewis, presented by USAA in partnership with Star Dental Institute, Inc.'s Together We Smile Foundation.