CTU Joins Forces with Home Front Cares and Taya Kyle to Benefit Colorado Veterans
On Friday, October 16, 2015, Colorado Technical University gathered with local community and military leaders at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs for a special evening benefitting the Home Front Cares military charity. As the title sponsor of this year’s annual dinner, “For The Love of Our Troops XI”, CTU was proud to welcome keynote speaker, Taya Kyle, wife of “American Sniper”/SEAL Chris Kyle, which drew a sell-out crowd of over 1,100 guests.
The Home Front Cares is a Colorado-based military charity which helps Colorado-based service members, veterans and their families. According to The Home Front Cares, the organization has already raised a record $1 million and provided grants to 375 Colorado veterans, service members, and their families in 2015. Their emergency grants pay essential life expenses like rent, utilities, and car repairs, and THFC provides referrals for financial, emotional counseling, and other services.
“Supporting the efforts of an organization the caliber of The Home Front Cares is a natural fit”, said CTU’s university president, Andrew H. Hurst, in his opening remarks at the event. President Hurst spoke about CTU’s additional commitment to the military, including the annual Wounded Warrior Scholarship program which covers full tuition for any CTU program, books, and a new laptop computer for fifty wounded service members and spouses and caregivers of wounded soldiers.
Dr. Andy Cain, CTU’s chancellor and regional vice president of Colorado campuses, also welcomed the crowd. Dr. Cain is a U.S. Navy Veteran and graduate of Colorado Technical University who also serves as the president and chairman of the board of directors for The Home Front Cares.
Perhaps the most poignant moment of the evening was when Taya Kyle took the stage. Still grieving the loss of her husband in 2013, Taya is committed to giving back.
Taya shared that the most important thing we can do to honor the families and people who serve is to make ourselves available. “We all have different gift…we all have our insecurities, and we don't know the right thing to say or do, and maybe there isn't a right thing to do, maybe it's just showing up.”
To see the KKTV 11 News coverage of the event and full footage of Taya’s speech, click here or search the official hashtag on Twitter for tweets from the event: #LoveofTroopsXI.
CTU’s Commitment to the Military
As a university, we are proud to participate in events like The Home Front Cares’ annual dinner to continue our involvement in the lives and success of America’s military families. Since the university began in 1965, CTU has a long history of supporting military service members, veterans, and their dependents as they pursue education and transition to civilian life.
Image credits: CTU
Image 1: Taya Kyle speaks at the Home Front Cares Annual Dinner sponsored by Colorado Technical University
Image 2: Andrew H. Hurst and his wife at the Home Front Cares Annual Dinner sponsored by Colorado Technical University
Image 3: Left to right: Laraine Saldivar Gillespie (Executive Director of Leadership Pikes Peak), Lorelle Davies (CTU Adjunct Faculty), and Jayme H. Brown (CTU Colorado Springs Campus Director of Career Services) at The Home Front Cares Annual Dinner sponsored by Colorado Technical Uniersity