PMCN's mission is to connect military service members, veterans and their families to the highest quality resources provided by our trusted community partners.
PMCN originated as a program under the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG), implementing recommendations from the Fort Carson Regional Growth Plan in order to provide more comprehensive and collaborative support for service members, veterans and their families. In 2012, in partnership with PPACG, PMCN transitioned to become a program of the National Homeland Defense Foundation (NHDF), as NHDF expanded its mission to support homeland defenders. Supporting Peak Military Care Network activities became the focal point of the organization and we changed our organization name to the Peak Military Care Network to reflect this focus in June of 2015.
Since its inception, PMCN has been the coordinating entity for a broad array of service providers in the region who support our military and veteran community. Through collaboration and partnerships, PMCN has brought together military installations, VA services and community-based providers to work collectively and ensure that the holistic needs of individuals and families are met. This collaborative approach aims to decrease duplication and fragmentation of services to minimize confusion and help ensure that individuals and families do not get frustrated when faced with the many resources available in our region and that any gaps in services can be addressed. We have an Advisory Board which includes military, veteran and family member representatives, as well as military, business, service provider and community leaders.
In 2011 we established the Network of Care website to provide web-based information and assistance for service members, veterans and their families. In 2012-2013 we initiated a pilot program with 16 partner agencies and since then, we have expanded our operational capabilities and fully implemented programs and services initiated in the pilot. We now have 32 partner agencies (and continue to grow); these partners provide services ranging from financial assistance and advocacy, behavioral health, crisis intervention, family support services, education, employment, transition support, health and behavioral health, recreation programs and more. We continue to expand this network of partners and leverage existing community resources.
In 2014, we partnered with Pikes Peak United Way/211 to provide call-in assistance to reach more individuals and families and connect them to critical services. We have also utilized partnerships to provide navigation support for those needing longer term case management services, and we are working to expand our capacity for call-in and navigation assistance in the coming year. In 2015, we have re-branded to focus solely on the work of PMCN and we will continue to build partnerships and facilitate collaboration to improve the region's capabilities in support of our military and veteran community.
"The Police Department interacts with the military/veteran community every day in a variety of circumstances. The work PMCN does for our military makes our jobs a little easier." Pete Carey, Chief of Police, City of Colorado Springs
"The Peak Military Care Network (PMCN) is key in assisting our service members and their families in countless ways. As a nation, we put our service members in harm's way; they have done their jobs; now it is time for us to do ours. The PMCN provides this support that is so richly deserved by these great American heroes." - Major General (ret) Mark A. Graham, former commanding general, Fort Carson
"PMCN was a blessing… they guided us in the right direction and we got linked with lots of resources." Brian, Army Veteran