This town wants to be the friendliest vet town in America

The government has done a great job proving just how terrible they are at actually taking care of people, especially veterans. We all know that true solutions don't come from the top down - they come from individuals. Welcome Home Montrose is a true grassroots group that wants to turn Montrose, CO into a support system for veterans to come home, heal, and transition back into society. Hopefully, they can be a model for other towns across the country. The people who volunteer at Welcome Home Montrose are tired of admiring the problem, and are actively looking to do something to change it.

The program was conceived by Melanie Kline, a local businesswoman who saw a gap in services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs and what veterans needed to truly return to their community after active duty.

"Well, the right thing is for the members of the community, any community, and it started in Montrose, to be able to reach out and create like a bridge that would be helpful for those that are leaving military life and entering civilian life so that they can be more successful and have an opportunity to thrive," Kline said.

"I think that the truth is the VA takes really good care of them physically and their training and that kind of thing and then doesn’t give a lot of help for integrating back with your family, back with your children, into a community where you’re going to be a community member," she added.

One way that Welcome Home Montrose helps veterans integrate back into the community is through their Dream Pilot Program. The website explains: "The Dream Job Pilot Program is a living feasibility study, creating job training through mentorships in a safe no-fail environment for medically retired service members while they guide our efforts to create a No Barriers community for their specific needs.

"People come out of the military, and they often have a G.I. Bill, an opportunity for education, but the dropout rate in college is really high. What the Dream Job program [veterans] try it, live it for six months with someone whose life is that career.  Follow them around, let them tell you, let you see if you’re really going to like it before you spend your G.I. Bill, before you sit down in a classroom with people who don’t have anything in common with you or know where you’ve been.  Make sure that you have that will to do it.  Make sure it’s really going to work for you," Melanie explained.

Judi Boyce is one of the veterans who has been lucky enough to have gone through Welcome Home Montrose's Dream Job Program.

Boyce said, "I fall under the forgotten ill category of Wounded Warriors, being a female and not being injured in combat.  I had been overseas and had started having issues where my arm and leg were going numb and thought it was a pinched nerve, and about six months after that I ended up having a stroke and was told I had a very rare brain disease that the only way to fix it was brain surgery.  So I’ve undergone two brain surgeries, the second one in which I had to learn to walk all over again."

From a young age, she always wanted to be a cook, a party planner, or a photographer. Welcome Home Montrose was able to help get Boyce an apprenticeship at City Hall, where she was able to help with local event planning.

"I helped plan a picnic for the city hall workers and their families and stuff, and I love kids.  I enjoy working with kids.  I was a camp counselor and everything before I joined the military, so I kind of made sure that I was put in charge of helping out with kids games and kind of I know a lot of teambuilding things, but we had a blast with that," Boyce said.

"I had spent seven years in foster care from the age of 7 to 14, and the only person that was steady with everything was my CASA worker, and I was approached about them doing a dodgeball game to raise awareness and money for both CASA and the Boys and Girls Club," she said.

How can you help Welcome Home Montrose?

"Take a look at what we’re doing and understand that it’s not rocket science and that something just like what we’re doing could happen easily in their community and get in touch with us and learn how to do that," Melanie said.

As for donations, Welcome Home Montrose prefers to look to the local community rather than the government. In fact, they turned down an offer for a million dollars that came from the government.

"When you keep it organic, and you keep it in the community, the money you do raise is more personal.  There’s more involvement from the local community.  And any individual or any businessperson needs to meet the veterans so they understand why they want to help," said Kirk Hartman, a board member on Welcome Home Montrose and a local businessman.

A virus has escaped the university labs and is super-spreading through our culture. It's called Critical Race THEORY and what used to be a fringe topic in the academic world is now a dangerous Marxist REALITY infecting our public schools where students are taught the U.S. is a "parasitic system" based on the "invasion" of "white male settlers."

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck exposes how some teachers are being instructed to "cash in on kids' inherent empathy" in order to train them to become "activist intellectuals," starting as early as first grade.

CRT is an absolute toxin to America and Glenn warns that in just one generation the Constitution, freedom, and true equality will be totally destroyed. Yet, any opposition to the spread of this disease is shouted down as racism and bigotry. If Critical Race Theory is not already in your local school curriculum, it will be soon.

Joined by Asra Nomani, Vice President for Strategy and Investigations at Parents Defending Education, Glenn arms you with the facts about CRT so you can stand up to this tyranny in your community.

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Ezra Levant, founder of Rebel News, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to describe the shocking footage he and his team captured of Canadian police harassing and even arresting Rebel News reporters during a protest in Montreal.

Video clips show officers making remarks about the "Jew" reporters and calling Rebel News "Jew media." Reporters are pulled out of crowds, handcuffed, slammed against vehicles and arrested. Some have been fined "thousands and thousands" of dollars "because they had cameras pointed at the police," said Levant.

Another video clip shows Canadian police demanding entrance to a rented Airbnb houseboat without a warrant.

"They the claimed it was an illegal gathering. It was just a B and B," Levant explained. "I told them to get a warrant. I went out there ... and they wouldn't let me back in.... It turned into a ten-hour standoff. They couldn't find a judge willing to give them a search warrant, so to punish us, they called the whole thing a crime scene. They actually wouldn't let any of my team off the boat unless they submitted to a personal search, which is illegal. And the craziest part, is that they arrested one of my guys, took him to jail, and they said this to us: We will hold him in jail until you let us search the Airbnb without a warrant."

Levant said nearly all Canadian media have ignored the insane attacks, warrantless searches and seizures, and the jailing of journalists, and warned Americans to take note and protect our First Amendment rights.

"If you do not protect your First Amendment, if you do not hold those hard-won freedoms, you will be like what we are," he said. "This is your future if you don't protect your First Amendment."

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On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.

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