Colorado Veterans Support, Inc. recognizes that a veteran is someone who at one point in their life wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America, for an amount of up to and including their life. We have focused our support of veterans for those who have put off their education to serve our nation and have now returned to our community to attend the University of Colorado. Colorado Veterans Support, Inc. has been created to help provide financial support for those who have risked so much.
There are over 1,000 Student Veterans at the University of Colorado Boulder and the number is growing. Student Veterans face many challenges including making the transition from military life to college life and overcoming the lasting effects of combat. In addition, there are many financial challenges.
Colorado Veterans Support, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity created to provide financial support to Student Veterans at CU Boulder. The administration of Colorado Veterans Support is 100% voluntary. No one receives any salary or other remuneration. All of the money donated goes to the veterans. The primary fund raising event for Colorado Veterans Support, Inc. is Patriots Day, an annual golf event held at Boulder Country Club. The event started in 2014 and in ten years, it has raised over $1,000,000.
Funds Raised from the Patriots Day Event go to Support the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (VMA) and its many services to support the Student Veterans at the University of Colorado including scholarships, summer bridge programs, ambassador programs and more.
“I enlisted in the U. S. Navy and became a hospital corpsman. I came to CU Boulder to pursue a career in the aerospace industry. I initially struggled academically. The VMA hired it’s first-ever professional math tutor. I began attending tutoring sessions to improve my academics. Having access to that tutor was the key to improving my grades and I am now pursuing my degree.”
“I enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps at age 24 and was one of the first women to attempt ground infantry training. There were 27 women in my training platoon who attempted this training; only six graduated. When I left the Marine Corps, there were only 122 who had successfully completed ground infantry training. My greatest challenge when I arrived at CU Boulder was the transition to an environment that did not have an established formal structure. To add to the transition challenges I went through a divorce with financial issues. I was not able to enroll due to my debts. The VMA used the Student Veteran Relief Fund to pay my bills and allow me to enroll in classes.”
“I enlisted in the Navy at age 22 and after a number of years achieved a specialty in surface nuclear reactors. My biggest challenge was a campus where the average age was from 18 to 22. Using resources on campus and networking opportunities provided by VMA, I landed a job upon graduation in May 2019. I found my dream job with Ball Aerospace with a salary in the high five figures.”
“It was an honor to serve in the Army, but after 9 years of active duty with 3 deployments, I decided to leave the Army and enroll at CU. I am a computer science major going into my senior year. My GI Benefits are running out so the VMA Scholarship will really help. CU is a great University and Colorado is an amazing state but the cost of living is expensive. I am confident that this scholarship will help veterans to finish their degrees, so I want to say thank you.”
“I enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps at age 22 and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant in the Special Operations Command and had three combat deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and Jordan. During my deployment to Iraq, I suffered a traumatic brain injury when an enemy mortar landed 10 feet from my position. I came to CU Boulder directly from the battlefield and found an immediate sense of community in the VMA office. I was referred to the Marcus Brain Institute in Denver and my follow-up care transitioned to the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. I’m aware of the high national ranking of the physics department at CU and I am now pursuing a graduate degree and PhD in physics.”