Charges dropped against veteran Cory Hixson

'VA system failed him,' DA said

Lauren Blair
U.S. Marine and Iraq War veteran Cory Hixson grew up in Craig and relocated to Broomfield in 2015 with his wife, Shala, and two children, Haizy Blu, 5, and Cru, 4. The Hixson family moved to the Front Range to receive better care from Denver's Veterans Affairs hospital but have struggled to get the care and support they need. Hixson lost an eye and suffers from traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder from his time serving in the Iraq War.

All charges will be dismissed against Marine veteran and Craig hometown hero Cory Hixson, Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke announced Monday.

After disappearing from his Broomfield home for about 36 hours last month, Hixson was found by law enforcement when he broke into a garage in rural Erie and took a sweater, a hat and a tub of Cool Whip.

Hungry, cold and wet, he had left home on foot with no shoes, coat or wallet. Under care by the Veterans Affair hospital, his medications had been changed only a couple days prior, his wife Shala Hixson said. He was acting erratically and couldn’t remember where he was nor recognize his own family, including Shala and their two young children.

“In Cory’s case, it’s clear the VA system failed him,” Rourke said in a statement. “He deserves better. His family deserves better.”

In lieu of charges, Hixson will participate in the DA’s diversion program, a press release from the DA’s office said, which entails community service and access to support for his ongoing needs,

“Veterans, like Cory, have provided a service to this country that we can never repay, but where we can, it’s a must,” Rourke continued in his statement. “When veterans living with PTSD enter the criminal justice system, we owe it to them to take the time to understand what went wrong.”

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