PMCN’s mission is to connect the needs of our community’s military service members, veterans and their families to the highest quality resources by providing a central source for information, navigation and integrated services.
A Central Source for Trusted Information:
PMCN connects people to information and resources in a variety of ways, including the Network of Care website (http://pikespeak.co.networkofcare.org/Veterans/), a comprehensive, centralized source for local information and resources, providing a broad range of services and information in one easy-to-use location’
PMCN helps service members, veterans and family members navigate complex systems and connect more seamlessly to needed services. PMCN also partners with entities that can provide navigation, or non-clinical case management, to those who need extra assistance obtaining services.
Issues affecting service members and veterans do not happen in isolation (from family members or the communities in which they live). Individuals and families may also have more than one need – and those needs are usually related. That’s why PMCN recognizes that needs and services are overlapping and has developed a service framework that takes a holistic approach to understanding and meeting the needs of our military and veteran community:
PMCN Service Framework
PMCN Advisory Board
The PMCN Advisory Board provides strategic policy input for PMCN. The Board also provides guidance and recommendations to the PMCN Board of Directors regarding PMCN operations.
The Pikes Peak area is the only region in the United States to house a major Army installation (Fort Carson), three Air Force installations (Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station), and a leading service academy (U.S. Air Force Academy). The region is also home to many members of the Guard and Reserves. By conservative estimates, one in four residents is a former or current member of the military, making the area home to one of the highest concentrations of service members in the nation. More than 25,000 soldiers are stationed at Fort Carson alone—double the total from 2006. Our military community has also had a significant economic impact on the region, contributing more than $7.5 billion to the regional economy.
The Peak Military Care Network grew out of a program undertaken by Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments that studied the regional impact of growth at Fort Carson (Fort Carson Regional Growth Plan). In 2011, in response to recommendations of the Growth Plan and ongoing community efforts to coordinate care for service members, veterans and their families, PPACG engaged government, military and business leaders, first responders, crisis intervention service providers, educators, nonprofit organizations and service members, veterans and family members to develop a collaborative military and veteran system of care for the Pikes Peak region.
The resulting assessment report identified critical issues and many assets in region, as well as the need for a central source for information and resources and enhanced collaboration.
The web-based Network of Care was launched in May 2011 and has been an extremely popular destination for those seeking information about local services.
In 2013, the National Homeland Defense Foundation (NHDF) reached an agreement with PPACG to include PMCN as a program of NHDF. Since then, supporting Peak Military Care Network activities has become the focal point of the organization. To reflect that transition, in 2015 NHDF’s Board of Directors decided to change NHDF’s name to Peak Military Care Network (PMCN). As of June 2015, PMCN is a 501(c)(3) to support the health and well-being of our military and veteran community.