About the UVC

The United Veterans Coalition of Colorado (UVC) is a non-profit coalition of over 50 chartered and federally recognized veterans service organizations and affiliates established in 1972.

UVC’s vision is to be 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 needs of veterans and their families.

Our mailing address is: 

United Veterans Coalition of Colorado

P. O. Box 2592

Loveland, CO 80539



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

Voting Members

101st Airborne Division

Air Force Association (AFA)

Air Force Sergeants (AFSA)

American Ex-POWs

American GI Forum

Association of US Army (AUSA)

Associated Veterans of CO (AVC)

Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association

Combat Vets Motorcycle Association (CVMA)

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

E9ers Association

Fleet Reserve Association

Jewish War Veterans

Korean War Veterans

Marine Corps League Department of Colorado

Military Order of Purple Heart (MOPH)

Military Officers Association of America

National Guard Association of Colorado

Education Foundation Colorado National Guard

National Sojourners (Denver-Fitzsimons Chapter)

Navy League

PVA - Mountain States

Special Forces Assoc.

The Retired Enlisted Assoc.(TREA)

Veteran Widows(ers) International Network

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)

Women Marines Association CO 1

Women Marines Association

US Marine Memorial Golden, CO

Gold Star Wives of America, Inc





VFW Post 9644


American Military Family (AMF)

Campus Compact of the Mountain West

Center for American Values

Civil Air Patrol (Wing)

Colorado Board of Veteran Affairs

Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs

Colorado Military History Center

Colorado Senior Lobby

Colorado State and Veterans Nursing Homes

Cooper's Troopers

Denver Fisher House Foundation

Employer Support to The Guard and Reserves

Forgotten Heroes Campaign

Ft. Logan National Cemetery

Military Events

Military Affairs Committee - CSRBA

National Active & Retired Fed Employees Assoc (NARFE)

Project Sanctuary

Rocky Mountain Human Services

Rocky Mountain Navy

Rolling Thunder Chapter 1 CO

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

Vet Propulsion

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





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





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


* Deceased


 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
[email protected]; 303-906-3340
August, 2014




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