Serving Veterans

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Scholarship created to honor fallen Blue Angels pilot

A scholarship has been created to honor Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss, who died a year ago on Friday in an airplane crash in Tennessee. The Jeff Kuss Memorial Aviation Scholarship, which has been...

DATE: June 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Team Rubicon in Durango runs 5k to raise awareness about PTSD

About 25 runners and walkers braved the morning chill Saturday in Durango to participate in a 5k run to support veterans, especially those battling post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. It...

DATE: April 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Neighbors: Gold Star Weekend offers healing and comfort

By Ann Butler Neighbors Columnist Despite the tragic death of Littleton resident Dutch Vandegrift, who was killed in a car crash, the Gold Star Parents Weekend held for the first time in Durango...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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Durango salutes its veterans

La Plata County residents lined Main Avenue on Wednesday morning to honor military veterans on Veteran Day. A short parade included veterans organizations, color guards, bands, Boy Scouts and more....

DATE: Nov. 11, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Caring for Old Glory

For David Fields, it’s a reminder of his daughter, who is serving our country as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot. At funerals, Cmdr. Steve White makes sure it is folded correctly for presentation to...

DATE: July 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Veterans group gets pot donation

A Durango veterans’ group received a surprising donation Wednesday in its bid to raise money for a new van – a quarter-ounce of Colorado-grown marijuana. Bob Collette was pounding the pavement...

DATE: June 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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‘My peers were calling me baby-killer’

At 23, former combat engineer and 1st Lt. George Usinowicz led a platoon of 35 men, who were explosives experts, in some of the more dangerous situations in the war – clearing tunnels, defusing...

DATE: May 2, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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‘It leaves you, but it never leaves you’

Former Army Capt. Joseph Perino’s recollections center on the people he knew there: “You see Charlie Brown, I’ll never forget him, the night we were getting ready to go on a mission, and he, a...

DATE: May 2, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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‘Many, many people were happy it was over’

Former Army 1st Lt. John Malarsie enlisted to become a helicopter pilot after finishing his student teaching at Miller Junior High School. Instead, he found himself one of hundreds of first...

DATE: May 2, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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‘Shock and awfulness’

By the time Saigon fell to North Vietnamese troops and the American embassy scrambled to evacuate the remaining Americans and as many Vietnamese from the South as they could in 1975, most Americans...

DATE: May 2, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News