The United Veterans Committee of Colorado (UVC) is a non-profit coalition of 50 chartered and federally recognized veterans service organizations and affiliates established in 1972.
UVC’s vision is a productive advocate for Colorado veterans and their families.
UVC’s mission is to activate and represent member organizations, speaking with one united voice in Colorado; work with public policy makers to ensure proper support for veteran issues and concerns; and inform/educate Colorado about veteran needs.
Our mailing address is:
P. O. Box 440889
Aurora, CO 80044
Jim Craig, United Veterans Committee President, 307-751-2108
Dennis Orr ,1st VP, 303-870-7953
Leanne Wheeler, 2nd VP, 303-995-8010
Recording Secretary, Karen Hone
Recording Secretary: Lori Derby
Bernie Rogoff, Treasurer, 303-909-6369
Frank McCurdy, Immediate Past President, 303-981-3336
Dick Young, Legislative Committee Chair, 720-300-3356
Alexandra Garza. State Legislative Liaison, 720-377-0704
Steven A. Rylant, Federal Legislative Liaison, 970-669-1832
Jay Bobick, Awards Committee Chair, 303-589-8569
Steven A. Rylant, Nominating Committee Chair, 970-669-1832
Gary Force, Membership Chair, 303-818-0200
Karen Hone, Banquet Manager, 303-332-3007
Bernie Rogoff, Banquet Chairman, 303-909-6369
101st Airborne Division
Air Force Association (AFA)
Air Force Sergeants (AFSA)
Association of US Army (AUSA)
Associated Veterans of CO (AVC)
Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
Fleet Reserve Association
Military Officers Association of America
Nat. Assoc. for Uniformed Services (NAUS)
National Guard Association of Colorado
Education Foundation Colorado National Guard
National Sojourners (Denver-Fitzsimons Chapter)
PVA - Mountain States
Special Forces Assoc.
The Retired Enlisted Assoc.(TREA)
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
VFW Post 9644
American Military Family (AMF)
Center for American Values
Civil Air Patrol (Wing)
Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
Colorado Military History Center
Colorado Senior Lobby
Forgotten Heroes Campaign
Military Affairs Committee - CSRBA
National Active & Retired Fed Employees Assoc (NARFE)
Rocky Mountain Human Services
Rocky Mountain Navy
Scottish American Military Society Post 100
UC Denver Student Veterans Office
US Veterans Chamber of Commerce, CO Chapter
Veterans State Nursing Home Commission
Veterans Green Jobs
VA National Cemetery Administration –
National Services Network III
VA Eastern Colorado Health Care Systems ECHCS
VA Health Administration Center VAHAC
VA Regional Office VARO
VA Veterans Integrated Service Network #19
VSO - Arapahoe County
VSO - Jefferson County
VSO - Denver County
VSO - Adams County
Voices for Veterans Mental Health
Wheeler Advisory Group
Wild Mane Ranch
Women Veterans of Colorado
Wounded Warrior Project
UVC CHAIRMEN/PRESIDENT 1972-2013
Paul Rodden - 1972-1973*
Victor Grandy- 1974-1975*
Ray Vailey- 1976
James Berry- 1977*
Hal Burdick.- 1978
A.J. Vanoosten.- 1979
Harold Miller- 1980*
Lewis Romans- 1981-1985*
Gwneth Keith- 1986
William Jenkins- 1987
Larry Carroll- 1988-1992
Dick Sargent- 1993
Stanley Hanson- 1993-1996*
George Palmateer- 1972-1999
Marvin L. Meyers- 1999-2001
Thomas L. Bock- 2001-2003
Kenneth C. Melcher- 2003-2005*
Warren Tellgren- 2005-2007
James C. Bobick- 2007-2009
George D Thomas- 2009-2011
Ralph Bozella- 2011-2013
Steve Rylant - 2013-2015
COALITION OF CONCERNED COLORADO VETERANS (CCCV) CHAIRMEN
Arthur Guerrero- 1991
John Shambow*- 1992
Richard Ceresko- 1993
George Palmateer- 1995-96
Rio G. Lucas*- 1997
Rio G. Lucas* - Co Chair - 1998-99
Marvin L. Meyers - Co-Chair -1998-99
The UVC’s Involvement and Accomplishments in Legislation
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For over 40 years the UVC has been a recognized and respected voice with both state and federal elected officials on issues related to veterans, service members, and their families. While the UVC is a non-partisan organization, it is a very actively engaged on issues of importance to our members – over 50 veterans’ organizations, plus scores of other allied organizations concerned about veterans’ issues.
As a sample of what the UVC does by, with and for veterans, the following summarizes selected areas of state legislative accomplishments where the UVC has taken a lead lobbying role over the past several years:
In-state tuition at public schools of higher education for members of the military, veterans, and their dependents.
The transfer or continuation of professional licensure, certification or registration for members of the military, veterans and their dependents.
A plan for the provision of academic credit for prior learning, including military experience, and for consideration of such learning and experience for professional licensure and certification.
Expansion of eligibility and removal of barriers for enrollment in on line education at a 4-year public university.
Increases in tuition assistance for members of the Colorado National Guard.
Assuring that members of the military who are overseas or out of state are able to vote in a timely and confidential manner.
The creation and extension of a “transitional jobs” program targeting unemployed veterans and helping them achieve permanent jobs.
Establishment of a requirement for a set-aside of state contracts to go to service connected disabled veteran owned businesses.
Funding for the construction and ongoing services and needs of state community living centers (formerly called “state veterans’ nursing homes) around the state – and for the creation of state and local boards and committees to assure quality of care.
Passage of constitutional and statutory guarantees of veteran’s preference in the hiring of state employees.
Creation of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, adding a central focus to all military and veterans issues within state government.
Creation and ongoing appropriation of money from the “Tobacco Settlement” to provide grants to veterans service organizations through the Veterans Trust Fund.
Initial and ongoing funding, and permanent statutory authorization, for the Veterans Assistance Grant Program – currently providing $1 million in services to veterans.
Authorizing legislation and funding for the creation of “Veterans Treatment Courts” to assure that the special needs of veterans are addressed in the court system.
Passage of a constitutional amendment for a property tax exemption for 100% disabled veterans, and this year’s extension of that exemption to surviving spouses.
Funding of mental health services to family members of military personnel and veterans, and creation of a Commission to focus on suicide prevention.
Establishment of a homeless prevention and rehabilitation program at Ft. Lyon, with a priority on serving homeless veterans.
Strengthening handicapped parking statutes statewide to assure that all persons with mobility disabilities, including disabled veterans, can access needed services and participate fully and independently in their communities.
Prohibiting insurance companies from denying or cancelling insurance policies because a person is a member of the military, or when a service member is deployed or on active duty.
Prepared by Bill Hanna, UVC Legislative Liaison