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August 24, 2021 – On Thursday, September 9, El Paso County will honor one veteran for his or her efforts defending our country and continued service to local veterans and the community.

“We are excited to present the El Paso County Veteran of the Year Award this year. We have a group of finalists that have spent many hours contributing to the Veterans and families in our community,” said Marshall Bosworth, El Paso County Veteran Services Officer. “We look forward to announcing the Recipient of the award at our 5th Veteran of the Year Ceremony on September 9th.”

The 2021 Veteran of the Year finalists are:

Skyler W. Nelson | Skyler Nelson is an Iraq War veteran that served in the Army as a Chaplain Assistant. She is a graduate student at Pepperdine University, working on becoming a clinical psychologist. She’s currently working on a veteran housing project in honor of her mentor CSM Scott Bailey.

Andrew Gilbert | With enduring Love and support from Maria his wife of 40 years, Andrew has given support in this community for over 30 years. Specifically, Sponsored VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) for 200-300 tax preparations per year free. Founding President of American Legion Riders Post 209. With support of multiple organizations vets for vets, VFW warriors, Combat Vets and (too Many others to count) and as a board member in coordination with El Paso County Homeless Veterans Coalition has been able to support veterans with a hand up not a handout to stabilize veterans lives and assist them to become productive members of society.

Al Batey | Al Batey is a West Point graduate and US Army Veteran. Following his military service and distinguished civilian career, Al has continued to serve El Paso County through numerous volunteer activities, touching the lives of service members, veterans, and families in our community.

Roger A. Fortin | Roger Fortin is a Navy and Air Force veteran who has made consistent and lasting contributions to veterans of all ages. His extraordinary organizational efforts to host weekly luncheons has provided a critical morale boost to Colorado Veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

El Paso County appreciates the support of the following event sponsors:

  • The Broadmoor
  • Pikes Peak Regional Building Department
  • USAA
  • Frank Azar & Associates
  • The Power of KPPF | 98.5 FM – 1040 AM – 95.7 FM

For more information about the Veteran of the Year Ceremony contact Jennifer Clark: 719.520.7750 or