Military widow collects stamps to help veterans

Four 30-gallon bags of envelopes sit in Lola Weeks' basement.

Eventually she'll get around to cutting the stamps from them.

For the past 20 years, Weeks, 82, a member of Veterans' Widows International Network and the Society of Military Widows, has collected stamps to raise money for veterans' therapy. Her husband served in the Air Force and the couple lived in the Middle East for several years.

Weeks' organizations have the stamps repackaged and sold to collectors.

"It's just a little thing, but it's doing a lot of good," Weeks said.

Weeks' parents homesteaded seven miles north of Craig in 1910. The homestead still belongs to Weeks' family, but Weeks has been living in Arvada with her son.

Along with raising money for veterans' therapy, Weeks' organizations help veterans' widows claim military pensions. Sometimes men forget to fill out paperwork, causing a loss of benefits to their spouses, Weeks said.

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