Marsha Looper - For Colorado House District 19

Military

Marsha Looper On The Issues

For Our Veterans

For years, a group of dedicated citizens have been working very hard to establish a National Veteran's Cemetery in El Paso County. Marsha applauds their efforts and will do everything she can to help with this project! If elected, one of her first priorities as your Representative will be to work with the Pikes Peak Veterans Cemetery Committee, the United Veteran's Committee of Colorado, and other interested parties to assist them in making their plans for a new Veteran's Cemetery in El Paso County a reality!

For the Families

This summer, Marsha's campaign helped organize the "Gary Morris Celebrity Invitational to Benefit T*A*P*S", an inaugural fundraising event which netted over $48,000!

T*A*P*S (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) is a private non-profit, national military service organization dedicated to assisting families who have lost a loved one in service to America. To learn more about T*A*P*S, please visit their website at www.TAPS.org.

This event was chaired by our own Brig. General Steve Ritchie, with honorary co-chairs including our Governor and First Lady, our entire Colorado Congressional delegation (with the exception of Senator Ken Salazar), Treasurer Mike Coffman, and other local dignitaries. American Furniture Warehouse was our corporate sponsor.

This is not an ordinary golf tournament! What makes it unique is that three evenings of exceptional, live entertainment are also included, and all these shows are open for the public to attend! Dozens of celebrities came from all over the country to perform in our shows, play golf with the teams, and they are eager to return next year!

The first show is a very special Songwriter's Showcase featuring some of the nation's top country songwriters in an intimate setting singing their songs and spinning their tales about how they came to write their hits. This is followed by our kick-off dinner show, which was headlined this year by our event host, Gary Morris, renowned singer and songwriter, who not only starred as Jean Val Jean in "Les Miserables" on Broadway but has recorded many hits, including his song of the year, "Wind Beneath My Wings". Finally, a Comedy Night, rivaling any Vegas show, concluded the event.

Service men and women and their guests attended all the shows and also played in the tournament thanks to generous sponsors. Next year's event promises to be bigger and even better! If you are interested in learning more about participating, please contact us!

Legislation

Please see HJR-7-1009, concerning the buliding of a national cemetery in the Pikes Peak region. Also see HR08-1180, concerening elegibility for unenployment benefits for an individual who leaves employment to accompany an active duty military family member who has been transferred.

In 2008, it was my honor to sponsor and work three pieces of legislation for our troops and their families. Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Spouses of Active Military - HB08-1180, a bill that legislators in the past ran without success. Working closely with Rep. Stephen, we were able to finally get this bill passed so the spouses of those who sacrifice everything for our liberties and freedoms will be able to qualify for insurance benefits if their spouse is transferred out of state.

One of the major decisions for military families in accepting a new duty assignment is the quality of schools for their children. The quality of the education of their children is the utmost importance to military families and therefore a key issue for the Department of Defense and now, the Colorado General Assembly. To address these educational issues for our military children, it has been my honor to sponsor and work with Representative Gallegos and Senator Tapia(Pueblo) on HB08-1317 - The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children. One of the most important bills for the Department of Defense and our military families!

It was my honor to sponsor the TAPS Resolution, SJR08-028 with Senator Ward. The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is America’s only Veterans Service Organization chartered solely to assist the surviving families of military members who have died while serving our country. Their mission is to provide peer support, grief and trauma resources and information, casualty casework assistance and crisis intervention for all those affected by the death of a loved one serving in the armed forces.