Humana supports homeless veterans in Colorado during the holidays

The holidays are a good time to give back to the community, especially to the men and women who served our country. In the spirit of giving, Humana’s Colorado Medicare Sales team partnered with VFW Post #3641 to host an event to benefit homeless veterans in Pueblo, Colorado. Pueblo is a small community about 115 miles south of Denver.

At the event, homeless veterans received free clothing and toiletries, a hot meal, health and wellness checks provided by Kindred at Home, and free haircuts provided by Shine Bright Like a Diamond Salon Spa and Boutique.

More than 340 pounds of clothing and shoes were collected by Humana employees and VFW Post 5812, another post in Pueblo. Approximately 20 bags with clothing and toiletries were distributed to those who attended. Leftover clothing and toiletries will be distributed at VFW Post #3641’s weekly food pantry.

Sixteen homeless veterans received free haircuts, helping improve their self-confidence.

Representatives from Humana were on hand to volunteer their time and host a booth to share information about the company’s Veterans Initiative and its longstanding relationship with the military. In addition, Volunteers of America Colorado were present to provide resources to participants.

The event included a presentation of colors and the national anthem.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are close to 400,000 veterans in Colorado. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, Colorado has 1,181 homeless veterans, which increased by 24 percent while other states decreased by an average of 17 percent.

News Coverage:
• Fox21 (KXRM-TV)
o Online news story
o Dec. 18, 2017, 9:09 p.m.

• News 5 (KOAA-TV)
o Online news story
o Dec. 18, 2017, 6:09 p.m.

o Dec. 18, 2017, 4:33 p.m.
o Dec. 19, 2017, 10: 24 p.m.

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