July 24, 2013
U.S. Navy veteran Toua Vang throws wood onto a burn pile at a work site in the Routt National Forest near Stagecoach. Vang is part of a Veterans Fire Corps crew operated by the Student Conservation Association. The program aims to give veterans skills that they can use to land jobs.
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After spending a year deployed in Iraq in the Army, Elder Pyatt had to adjust to civilian life when he finished his service in 2008.