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Veterans’ Resource Forum – U.S. Congressman Jared Polis and U.S. Senator Mark Udall

Project:  Return To Work Inc.  (R2W) provided a Resource Table.  We collaborate with mulitple agencies and non-profits to provide an array of services. 

U.S. Congressman Jared Polis and U.S. Senator Mark Udall cordially invite veterans and their families to an information session on veterans’ services.

When:   Tuesday, August 23, 2011, 1 to 5 p.m.

Where:  Boulder American Legion Post 10, 4760 28th Street, Boulder

Topics & Services to be covered for all veterans and their families include:

  • Register with VA, start a new claim or check on the status of an existing claim
  • General services and updated benefits for veterans
  • Medical centers and community-based outpatient clinics, including mental health, transportation and caregivers
  • Veterans’ benefits available from the state
  • Housing benefits, loan guarantees and business loans
  • Post 9/11 G.I. Bill: Education Benefits, Training Programs, and Yellow Ribbon
  • Assisted Living, Aid and Attendance Pension, Consumer Scams, Burial Benefits

Plus, an opportunity for all attendees to visit with the program presenters, visit resource tables, and network with friends.

Please RSVP by calling (303) 484-9596 or by filling out the online form at http://polis.house.gov/Calendar/EventSingle.aspx?EventID=254397.


President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House, July 25, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

By Bailey Culp –
On July 1, 2011, Project:  Return to Work Inc. (R2W) founder, Rob Brazell, along with R2W Board Member, Jay D. VanderWerff, attended a daylong White House briefing in Washington, DC. The Obama White House hosted community leaders from states nationwide, highlighting various policies and programs offered by the federal government that are currently available for leaders at the local, grassroots level. The guests were given a tour of the East Wing of the White House and listened to several briefings by community leaders in attendance. The meeting was a forum for leaders nationwide to offer and receive feedback from senior White House officials on critical issues facing the country.

Among the many topics discussed were veteran’s affairs and initiatives to serve disabled Americans, specifically Wounded Warriors. Thus, the mission and objectives of R2W were extensively showcased during this daylong gathering. Moreover, an invitation to this exclusive gathering of community leaders indicates the high priority of veteran’s affairs to the Obama administration while underscoring the notable work R2W has performed since its founding in 1998. Regarding his visit to the White House, R2W President Rob Brazell noted, “This is the most open White House in history. President Obama is clearly reaching out to community leaders around the nation and we are reaching back. We had unprecedented opportunity to give honest and direct feedback. The White House staff is highly experienced and I am grateful for the privilege to participate in such a meaningful way.”

R2W Founder and Board Members expressed special interest in the following White House initiative:

Joining Forces

As a result of several recent discussions with the Department of Defense, Department Of Labor, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, and Colorado National Guard, R2W is changing its fundamental business model to more rapidly respond to the employment needs of thousands of wounded warriors and their families, a stark reality highlighted at both the recent White House briefing and the Military and Veterans Employment Expo held in Golden, CO at Jefferson County Fairgrounds May 23 through 25, 2011.


General Thomas Mills presents the DoD ESGR Seven Seals Award to R2W President Rob Brazell.

General Thomas Mills (Ret) presents the DoD ESGR Seven Seals Award to R2W President Rob Brazell at a gala dinner party.

By Bailey Culp –
On June 11, 2011 Project:  Return To Work Inc. (R2W) President, Rob Brazell, was awarded the Seven Seals Award by Admiral Richard Young and General Thomas Mills at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program (ESGR). The ESGR Seven Seals Award is presented at the discretion of the ESGR State Chair in recognition of significant individual or organization achievement, in addition to initiative or support that promotes and bolsters the ESGR mission. The Seven Seals Award is the only ESGR award that bridges both employer and volunteer recognition awards programs.  

Honor Guard for this gala event.

Return 2 Work earned the Seven Seals award for its exceptional support of the Military and Veterans Employment Expo (MVEE), held in May 2011.  R2W partnered with the ESGR program to create the Military and Veterans Employment Expo in order to 1) address unemployment among National Guardsmen, Reservists and Veterans, 2) provide training on job hunting skills, and 3) hold a job fair featuring over 75 employers from various cities in Colorado.

 R2W played a significant role throughout the entire Military and Veterans Employment Expo, offering the following services:

  • Registration system, operators, and office support – which were donated by StaffCV, Your Office and Office Evolution;
  • Professional “How to” employment webinars for veterans sponsored by ReadyTalk;
  • A seminar – led by R2W President Rob Brazell – entitled “Career Exploration,” which aimed to help veterans prepare for networking with the various employers who attended the employment expo.

 Numerous volunteers helped to make the employment expo a success. Regarding the tremendous success of MVEE, R2W President Rob Brazell noted, “The military and government reached out…the community reached back. This unprecedented collaboration among several military, government and community partners made a huge difference in the lives of many Colorado veterans and their families.”

R2W continues to provide quality metrics to the array of military and government agencies involved in MVEE, while also participating on the central planning committee for the next employment forum to be announced by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program.

Rhett Sandal, STEM Intern

Rhett Sandal, STEM Intern

Rhett Sandal, Student Intern Technical Support

Rhett Sandal is a sophomore at Silver Creek High School in Longmont, Colorado.  He volunteers as an Assistant Job Developer and Assistant Tech Support Specialist for Return2Work.   He is also taking a STEM internship for Mathematical Modeling and Software Engineering at Return2Work (R2W).  He is active in the Robotics and Music field, and likes to help people with their technology problems.



Cameron Taleaghni, STEM Intern

Cameron Taleaghni, STEM Intern

Cameron Taleaghni, Student Intern, Job Developer, Tech Support

2013 STEM Intern Of The Year

Cameron is a high school student in Colorado.  He is  taking college level classes and navigates R2W’s technologies with ease.  He also teaching new volunteers  how to utilize R2W’s complex software systems to achieve unprecedented positive outcomes.



Florida Advisors

Florida Advisors

Seeking retired professionals who can donate 5 hours / month (+) to advise R2W’s board.  Please click on our CONTACT tab.

Fran Nixon, Florida Missions Operations Manager (MOM)

Jannie Hendrikje Huiskes-Smith – Development

Colorado Advisors

Colorado Advisors

Jalali Hartman, Chief Human at ROBAUTO – Website, Social Media and Fundraising







IN LOVING MEMORY – Bill Wyman, PhD, Owner, Seven-Tel Systems, Inc. – Technologies and Operations




California Advisors


Stephen B. Litchfield


Collins, Collins, Muir + Stewart, LLP, Attorney At Law.

Mr. Litchfield practices primarily in the area of professional liability with an emphasis on the representation of architects, engineers, and similar design firms and professionals. Mr. Litchfield provides a full range of services to clients from contract formation and risk management to mediation and trial. For more information about Mr. Litchfield’s practice areas, please call or email him at your convenience.


University of California, Hastings College of the Law (J.D., 2012)

University of California, Los Angeles (B.A. International Relations, 2008)

Bar Admissions

California, 2012

Court Admissions

United States District Court, Northern District of California, 2013

United States District Court, Eastern District of California, 2013

Professional Memberships

The State Bar of California

Bar Association of San Francisco

San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association

American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

Recent Publications

Senate Bill 474: Leaving Design Professions to Fend for Themselves on Indemnity

Has the Duty to Defend Framework in California Been Turned on its Head? Senate Bill 474 and its Aftermath


Practice Areas

  • Trial
  • Professional Liability

Telephone: 714-823-4100

Email: slitchfield@ccmslaw.com

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Gary Hahnenkamp

Gary Hahnenkamp
Treasurer Pro Tem

Gary Hahnenkamp, Assistant Treasurer


Since 1998 Gary has owned and operated YourOffice-Denver, an executive suite business center offering full service office rentals and virtual office services to small businesses.  Prior to starting his current business, Gary had a 20 year technology related career with Conoco, Boeing and Software AG in technical support and sales roles.

Gary graduated from Colorado State University in 1978 with a Bachelors Degree in Statistics.

In his spare time Gary enjoys hunting and fishing and time with his family.  Gary is married and has 3 adult children.

Richard Harris, Executive Committee

Richard Harris, Executive Committee


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