Every November, Americans pay homage to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. Soldiers, marines, sailors, airmen, coast guard members, and so many others who serve bravely—oftentimes far away from family, friends, and the comforts of home—are honored when we commemorate Veterans Day.
Of course, our military personnel are protecting us the other 364 days of the year as well—which is why it’s critical for us to do what we can to support the organizations looking after our vets and actives. That’s why every November, Colorado PERA staff join together to support worthy veteran-centric charities. Last year, PERA staff raised hundreds of dollars for the USO, an organization serving veterans and their families across the country.
This year, proceeds from PERA staff’s annual fundraising efforts will benefit the Colorado Veterans Project, a local organization that holds events to benefit other amazing veteran and veteran-adjacent charities across the state. The Colorado Veterans Project started out as an Army ROTC student organization called the Cadet Community Leadership Association, and grew over time to align with nearly 80 organizations across the state—including the Office of the Mayor in Denver, which it partners with on veteran-related events in the Mile High City every year.
Most recently, the Colorado Veterans Project hosted the 10th annual Denver Veterans Day Run 5K/10K in City Park. Hundreds of racers, including several PERA staff members, took part in the event, and 100% of the race’s registration fees went directly to help Colorado vets.
If you’d like to donate to the Colorado Veterans Project, or are interested in learning more about them, visit http://coloradoveteransproject.org/.