Natalie Breitung: Helping our heroes


There are people here in Routt County who can’t afford to repair the furnace or get fuel for it, who don’t have a basic hookup for electricity, who won’t dream of small remodeling projects to adapt their homes for disabilities and who have no income or savings to draw from while between jobs.

Some of these people come to me. I’m Natalie Breitung, American Legion Post 44 Veterans Services Officer, describing people who have served in the U.S. military around the world — women and men with needs just like yours and mine.

I have the privilege of working with our heroes every day. Whatever their needs, I try to find resources to help. Steamboat Springs American Legion Post 44 has established a GoFundMe account where you can give to help our veterans to put them back on the road to the same quality of life you enjoy.

Please visit our website to learn more about the needs and about how it all works. Then, search your heart for that place that says, “Yes, I can help.”

Visit to make an online donation. Call me at 651-226-4345 or email me at to make an offline donation.

Natalie Breitung

Veterans Services Officer

Routt County Department of Human Services


Eric Morris 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Calling every person who ever joined the military heroes does a disservice to those few in and out of uniform who have actually performed heroic, brave, or selfless acts. I was in the military and would never call myself a hero; the only thing out of the ordinary I was able to do was graduate basic training and OCS despite not being able to make a bed.


rhys jones 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Eric -- Now I'm interested. Was basic training part of the officer routine, or were you selected for OCS out of enlisted boot camp? If so, that took some doing. I qualified for OCS in boot camp, but the butterbars who was our series commander didn't like me (and vice versa).

My service was likewise unremarkable, except that it provided me with the missed direction I follow yet today.

We were both pawns of the Fed in the quest for world dominance.


Eric Morris 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Rhys, nothing special. All you needed after basic was a pulse and a college degree--though certainly not a brain--to go to Army OCS during Iraq debacle. Marines were/are different, indicative that one Corps with amphibious capabilities would more than satisfy nation's defensive needs. The rest of us are fluff, or worse.


Scott Wedel 3 months, 2 weeks ago

I think anyone that served in the military that is now homeless can be viewed as a hero because of what they volunteered to do and their current circumstances.

I don't think that everyone that joined the military is automatically a hero as their time in the military might have been a worthwhile financial and career decision due to the education benefits and so on.

Thus, I have no problems saying that Natalie is working with "heroes", but that Eric Morris is not a "hero". :) If local rents go up much more then Rhys would seem at risk of becoming a hero. :(


rhys jones 3 months, 2 weeks ago

I don't mention your name, when I talk about lifeless loser trolls. Don't try to beg a rise out of me. JavaScript is infinitely more interesting than pointless dribble. See ya, Swami.


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