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Web Welder Founder Mike Wheaton Receives the Most Dedicated Service Award from the United Veterans Coalition of Colorado

In 1999, Wheaton would get promoted with the PVA as the Director of Public Affairs and Education in New York City. It was there that he began working on a national interest for veterans. He worked closer with the Veterans Administration and hosting national events such as the National Wheelchair Games and assisting the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) with the National Winter Sports Clinic. The Military Order of the Purple Heart awarded Wheaton with the Volunteer of the Year Award in 2001 and 2002 for his efforts in helping the post 911 cleanup effort.

During his time on the pile of the World Trade Center, Wheaton incurred a mouth and lung infection from the asbestos dust which ultimately spurred on an autoimmune disease, Multiple Sclerosis. By March 2002 it rendered him with a serious mobility disability. In October of 2002, he would take a leave of absence and relocate back to Colorado for physical rehabilitation at Craig Hospital. After a couple of months, he called up his boss and decided to leave his dream job to work on his health. Needing to work, Wheaton decided to start his own website design and digital marketing firm for which he still runs today. Wheaton would spend almost 10 years as a wheelchair user, however his passion for helping veterans never ceased. In 2004 Wheaton would re-engage with the UVC helping them with their website, public relations, and marketing for Project Eagle – the code name for the construction of the new VA Regional Medical Center at Fitzsimmons.

For over 30 years, Web Welder Founder Mike Wheaton has used his passion for helping veterans and those who serve veterans to help them grow. Both in business and personally. While living in Minneapolis in the early 1990s, he was tasked to help start a chapter for the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). After just a couple of years, he was offered a job to work on a regional basis in Denver, Colorado. It was there that he was introduced to the United Veterans Committee of Colorado and the Colorado Coalition of Concerned Veterans. Wheaton was instrumental in combining the two organizations into one organization acting as one unified voice for all Colorado veterans and those organizations who serve them. He even created the UVC’s logo which is still used today.

It was through his experience with the UVC where he was exposed to a plethora of veterans’ service organizations including the 13 primary Congressionally Chartered Organizations of the UVC and the dozens of Affiliate and Associate member organizations that make up the UVC.

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