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Week Of Special Interest 07/15/20
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By La Voz Staff

VA offers debt relief to Veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced its commitment to extend debt relief to Veterans adversely impacted by COVID-19 to the end of 2020 by suspending certain debt collection actions.

The department recognizes veterans and beneficiaries are still being greatly impacted by the Coronavirus prompting the extension of financial relief.

“Veterans and their families should be focused on their health and safety during the pandemic,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “VA is taking action to give those with pending debts greater flexibility during these challenging times.”

VA is suspending all actions on Veteran debts under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Treasury Department. This includes the suspension of collection action or extending repayment terms on preexisting VA debts, whichever the Veteran prefers.

For benefit debts, Veterans should contact the VA Debt Management Center at 1-800-827-0648.

For health care debts, Veterans should contact the Health Resource Center at 1-866-400-1238 or for payments.

The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame announces new chair

Barb Beckner has assumed the leadership of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame following the decision by current chair Deborah Radman to step down to focus on her business and her family.

“We are sad to announce that Deborah has decided to leave the CWHF Board of Directors. The past few months of the pandemic have immensely increased her professional responsibilities with clients that need to maintain a constant stream of communication with constituencies. Her decision is based on priorities – to her business and her family,” said Beckner.

Beckner is a senior business development consultant working with clients in engaging the federal sector and has called Colorado home for the last 30 years. Beckner is passionate about inspiring the next generation with the achievements and legacies of the CWHF’s extraordinary women.

The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame’s mission is to inspire by celebrating and sharing the enduring contributions of Colorado’s extraordinary women. In our 35th anniversary year, we look forward to continuing to inspire our community through the legacies of the 172 women in the Hall. These women of various races, backgrounds, economic levels, careers, political philosophies, and religious beliefs are united by their outstanding achievements.

For more information about the Hall, visit

You can also contact the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame at

Our Government

White House

President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Utah and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by an earthquake during the period of March 18 to April 17, 2020.

The President’s action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Davis and Salt Lake.

Colorado Governor

Governor Jared Polis was joined by Dr. Jonathan Samet, Dean of the Colorado School of Public Health to provide an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 and unveiled an interactive Colorado COVID model from the Colorado School of Public Health. “We are committed to using data and the latest information when making decisions, and this tool gives a glimpse into the type of data we are looking at,” said Governor Jared Polis.

Denver Mayor

The City and County of Denver will award 17 organizations with microgrant funding to support intervention and prevention programs that provide direct services to Denver’s youth and their families. The aid comes after Mayor Michael B. Hancock convened the Youth Violence Prevention Action Table (YVPAT) in 2019 to address increasing concerns about youth violence during the COVID-19 crisis.

“These community organizations are critical in keeping our neighborhoods safe for everyone,” Mayor Hancock said. “The pandemic has made their work even more difficult. Without this support, some of these programs would have faced an uncertain future during the summer months when the need for youth engagement is highest, especially now.”





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