Montrose planning city's future to welcome more veterans

By: Phil Stafford Email
By: Phil Stafford Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- Perhaps the hardest mission an American soldier faces after surviving a trip to war is returning home and adjusting to "normal" life.

It's something that Grand Junction resident, and Iraq-war vet Edward Carey still deals with more than 3 years after coming back home. "Some days are good, some days are bad," Carey said. "If it weren't for the [Grand Junction] V.A. and some of their programs, I'd still be isolated at home."

Veterans that return as amputees suffer even further discomfort. The accumulation of all instability is what ultimately led Montrose resident Melanie Kline to start a grassroots movement called "Welcome Home Montrose."

The project is designed to help make the process of returning home easier and more veteran-friendly, especially for disabled vets. "When it comes to the understanding that they don't have all that we have after all they've been given, that's not okay," said Kline.

Although Kline's project is still in its primary stages, it is receiving support from all over the Montrose community and the entire state of Colorado. Kline reports that she has been in contact with CO Congressman Scott Tipton, and she says that Tipton even listed the movement on his Facebook page on Thursday.

Kline hopes that her movement will help Montrose become a more veteran-supportive community that will offer: physical, financial, mental, and physical aid to veterans, as well as helping supply them with purpose, meaning, faith, inspiration, family, friends, recreation, and relaxation.

To find out more about Welcome Home Montrose's progress, please visit:

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