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.
Now in its 22nd year, "Stories From Wartime" gathers stories from veterans of major U.S. wars. It teaches students to gather oral histories. But for veterans, it's therapeutic.
Donald Stratton was 19 and manning anti-aircraft guns on the U.S.S. Arizona when it was bombed at Pearl Harbor, killing more than a thousand men. Now 94, he is one of only five survivors of the Arizona still alive.
An Army review, prompted by a NPR-CPR investigation, concluded that commanders did nothing wrong — but experts dispute that.