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U.S. Senator Mark Udall has joined the effort to revive the Stolen Valor Act, which was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court last month. While the high court decision acknowledged that people who lie about being military heroes was repugnant, the court’s decision said the right to free speech still applied. The act would make it a crime to lie about receiving the Medal of Honor or any of the nation’s military combat decorations. The act was originally sponsored in 2006 by former U.S. Representative John Salazar. Senator Jim Webb, of Virginia, and a decorated Vietnam Veteran, responded to last month’s ruling by saying he would author more specific legislation, making it a crime to use such claims for any material benefit, such as obtaining money or employment or other gain. Udall was a co-sponsor of the original act and announced yesterday that he will co-sponsor Webb’s effort, which is called the Military Service Integrity Act.
No flooding has been reported thus far over the Waldo Canyon burn area on the west side of Colorado Springs, however more rain is still possible in the area. Up to 1-1/2 inches of rain fell yesterday afternoon on the northern side of the burn area, near Rampart Reservoir. More rain is possible again today. Charred hillsides are vulnerable to erosion and flooding during downpours because they have less vegetation to soak up the rain and burned soils can repel water. Flooding in the area is of particular concern as rushing water could bring an increased amount of sediment and mud down Fountain Creek.
The annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Huerfano County will take place this Friday, July 20th, beginning at 7pm at the La Veta High School football field. Opening ceremonies and introduction of survivors and teams will begin the event. The walk will take place from 7pm Friday evening until 7am on Saturday morning. Walkers will walk through the night to remember that cancer does not rest. The luminaria lighting in honor of and in memory of those who battle cancer will take place at 9pm. This year’s fundraising goal is $40,000 to surpass last year’s event total of $35,000. All funds raised by this event go to cancer research. Plan to join the 22 Huerfano County Relay for Life teams on Friday night.
If you’re a veteran who is confused about the benefits and services that you’ve earned, the nonprofit Disabled American Veterans offers help. The DAV Mobil Service Office will be at the Alamosa Wal-Mart today at 3333 Clark Street from 9am to 4pm to personally provide the best counseling and claim filing assistance available. Like all DAV services, help from the mobile service office is free to all veterans and members of their families. For more information, call 303-914-5570.
Attention all Huerfano County Veterans. American Legion Post 16 will hold a membership drive with a spaghetti dinner and prizes this Thursday, July 19th, beginning at 6:30pm at the VFW Hall in Walsenburg. All veterans in Huerfano County and their partners are invited. Please RSVP by calling 719-738-9969.