The Colorado Springs Republican disagrees with critics who say the move is unnecessary and could take jobs and money away from his district.
The master sergeant was severely wounded in Afghanistan 11 years ago. Back then, doctors gave him little chance to live.
The Honor Bell tolls for many of the funerals at Fort Logan National Cemetery, where about 20 veterans are buried each day
Some 60,000 combat pilots served between World War I and the Vietnam War, only 1,447 of them became aces.
Rep. Mike Coffman, a Republican, and Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat have introduced separate measures to help troops pushed out of the military without health benefits.
Vietnam War era vets from Colorado say the upcoming 50th anniversary ceremonies recognizing their service are an important step toward healing.
Defense spending accounts for about 40 percent of Colorado Springs' economy. Mayor John Suthers addresses military spending as well as veteran homelessness and infrastructure.
Bennet asks David Shulkin to address mental health care coverage for former military members who received other-than-honorable discharges.
The number of veterans who served in World War II is diminishing rapidly, along with their stories of combat and survival.
To celebrate, the band, based out of Peterson Air Force Base near Colorado Springs, commissioned two new works.