The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has come a long way in administering government scholarship money for veterans. That was one of the conclusions from a roundtable held by Democratic Senator Michael Bennet today on the Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins.
This week, the Obama administration has been pushing a package of initiatives to help military veterans transition to civilian life. In Denver, one national nonprofit is already working to address high jobless rates for returning service members.
Wounded soldiers come home from Iraq and Afghanistan only to face a new battle – the battle to fit back into civilian life again. Many have crippling wounds you can't see. Programs aimed at helping these veterans are popping up around the country. In Colorado Springs, hundreds of Fort Carson soldiers are taking part in an intense physical training program offered by a group called LifeQuestTransitions. As the military continues the final drawdown of troops in Iraq – Shanna Lewis brings us this report.
Colorado Senator Michael Bennet says the country is woefully under prepared to handle an influx of military veterans once a massive troop withdrawal in Iraq begins later this year. The Democrat made the remarks Monday at a forum which coincided with the release of a report outlining a number of proposed policy changes aimed at tackling the problem.