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Bob Dawes knows vets. For the last ten years, Dawes has helped veterans build confidence, their ties to one another, and other tools to help them reintegrate into civilian society. Through his work creating the Outward Bound for Veterans Program, serving as President of the Worldwide Army Rangers, Commander of the Aurora chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) as well as the Colorado MOPH Department Senior Vice Commander, Dawes has brought vets together. “Veterans who have honorably served their country have sacrificed a great deal to protect freedom and our way of life deserve recognition and respect,” says Dawes. “They have asked very little in return and many have struggled to find a meaningful place in society.”

As the Director of the Veterans Outreach, Bob will be instrumental in designing a veteran centric program, recruiting veterans through liaison efforts with Colorado’s numerous Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs), and training vets for the Bell Honors Program. Veterans’ participation as Bell Honor Guards will build intergenerational relationships between vets, and help give vets a new way to serve, both their fellow service members and their community.

As Dawes says, “veterans’ families have lived with their loved ones’ sacrifices and struggles to the same extent — or in some cases even more than — the veteran. At the end of the day they need to know that the honor and respect that their loved one served with is recognized by a grateful nation, but more importantly by the people who truly understand their sacrifice: his or her fellow Veterans.”

Dawes is a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, and later served as an Army Ranger School Instructor. Bob is a graduate of Ranger school, and received the Purple Heart Medal. We are honored and excited to have such a passionate and committed leader on our team.

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