Glenwood allocates remaining community grant funds |

Glenwood allocates remaining community grant funds

John StroudPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A local effort to bring soldiers who have been wounded in battle to Glenwood Springs with their families for a little expense-paid getaway is among eight year-end city community grants awarded last week.Glenwood City Council, at its Dec. 16 meeting, allocated the remaining $11,870 in discretionary grant funds for the year to several local charitable and service organizations and programs.New on the list is the Wounded Warrior & Family program being spearheaded by some local veterans, which will receive $2,500.The Wounded Warrior Project is a national organization with a mission to assist soldiers who have suffered casualties, along with their families, by offering support in a variety of ways.For Glenwood’s part, local organizer Stan Rachesky has been working with area lodges, restaurants and tourist attractions to bring soldiers and their families here for some R&R.Though similar to Operation Vacation, another local program that has given several active military families a weekend getaway in Glenwood Springs, the difference is Wounded Warriors’ emphasis on wounded soldiers, Rachesky explained.”We greet them when they arrive, but after that they’re pretty much on their own,” he said. “We work with restaurants and hotels to provide complimentary meals and lodging, and give them each a debit card for $500 to use while they’re here.”It’s the least we can do for these guys,” he said.Rachesky said he was gracious to the city for honoring their funding request. Garfield County commissioners also recently committed $15,000 to the program for next year.The city’s Financial Advisory Board had initially recommended against the Wounded Warrior grant, in favor of funding “local people in need,” according to Councilman Matt Steckler, who is the City Council representative on the advisory board.However, Mayor Bruce Christensen helped convince the council to include Wounded Warrior in the grants.”These men and women are literally sacrificing their health and welfare on behalf of our country,” he said. “It’s a great way to give these folks some recognition.”Christensen recused himself from the final vote, since the agency for which he works as executive director, Mountain Valley Developmental Services, was one of the

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