Military Affairs

With numerous military bases in Colorado Springs and Denver, El Pomar Foundation makes it a priority to find innovative ways to support service members and their families throughout Colorado. In 2007, El Pomar hired recently retired Army veteran Terrance McWilliams as the Foundation's first director of military and veteran affairs. Since 1940, El Pomar has made $9.9 million in grants to support the military. Military-related grant highlights include:

Support for military family members

  • Military Child Education Coalition
  • Patriot Foundation Scholarships for families of fallen service members at Fort Carson
  • Before and after school programs for military families through the Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Entertainment activities for military families to include Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus and Up With People
  • Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, which raises money for programs to support military families
  • Pikes Peak United Way – El Pomar Military Family Assistance Fund

Community Outreach

  • Air Force Academy Visitors Center & Falcon Stadium – capital funding
  • Buffalo Solider Community Memorial Project
  • Mountain Post Historical Museum
  • Restoration and renovation of the Peterson Air and Space Museum
  • War Dog Memorial

Support for military members

  • USO Center at Fort Carson
  • Funding toward many military-serving organizations including Mt. Carmel Veteran’s Center, Home Front Military Care Network, Warrior Wellness Foundation, and Military Community Youth Ministries
  • Psychotherapy for Veterans through StableStrides
  • Operation TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury ) Freedom – community-based program to assist with the treatment of TBI and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Adaptive golf carts for severely disabled soldiers and First Swing Clinic