With the deadline for public comment approaching, Governor Hickenlooper offered his support for the growing "Fort Carson Strong" campaign by signing the campaign's postcard urging the Army to keep a strong presence in the Pikes Peak region.
The Fort Carson Strong campaign is gathering signed postcards in support of Fort Carson during the Army's official public comment period, which ends on August 25th. The Army is examining possible personnel reductions at Fort Carson. Supporters from all over the region have joined the campaign.
During a roundtable discussion with veterans at the Southeast and Armed Services YMCA today, the Governor was proud to stand with Colorado's veterans and servicemen and women on an issue critically important to Colorado.
The postcard offered the following message to Army leaders:
"Dear Army Leaders,
I am proud that the Pikes Peak region is home to the brave men and women stationed at Fort Carson. Their sacrifices keep our country FREE. I want you to know that this community is committed to supporting them and their families in keeping Fort Carson the best assignment in the US Army. I hope that the Army recognizes the value of Fort Carson and the surrounding communities and keeps a strong presence here.
Thank you for your service to our country!
John W. Hickenlooper"
On May 14th, 2014, Governor Hickenlooper signed this bill aimed at protecting Colorado Springs military facilities.
In addition, the Governor has led statewide efforts to make it easier for servicemembers and their spouses to use professional licenses here in Colorado, whether it's using skills obtained in the military or using licenses from other states. He also fought to repurpose Fort Lyon to focus on supportive housing for the homeless, with a specific focus on reducing homelessness among Colorado's veterans.