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Karen Pence’s Fort Carson speech to “elevate, encourage” military spouses

Author: Erin Prater - September 11, 2018 - Updated: September 11, 2018

Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, with deployment kits she intends to distribute to children at Fort Carson. (Photo courtesy of the White House)

Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, will give a speech at Fort Carson on Thursday intended to “elevate, encourage and thank” military spouses, as well as highlight the Trump administration’s efforts to help them.

The second lady will also distribute kits containing journals and teddy bears to children who have a parent deployed. Last week she and Congressional spouses packed 500 “Comfort Crew” kits especially for the trip, according to a White House press release.

“We packed the kits with care and respect for the sacrifices military families make every day,” Karen Pence said in the release.

This is the second time this year that Karen Pence has visited Fort Carson. In March she and her daughter, Charlotte, signed copies of the book “Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President” — which she illustrated and her daughter wrote — at the Exchange on the mountain post.

Vice President Mike Pence was not present during that visit. Nor was Bundo, the family’s pet bunny, also known as BOTUS (bunny of the United States).

BOTUS was reportedly “back home” at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.

Erin Prater

Erin Prater

Erin Prater is Colorado Politics' digital editor. She is a multimedia journalist with 15 years of experience writing, editing and designing for newspapers, magazines, websites and publishing houses. Her previous positions include military reporter at The Gazette, general assignment reporter at The Huerfano County (Colo.) World, copy editor at David C. Cook publishing house and adjunct mass communication instructor at Pueblo Community College. Her bylines include The New York Times Upfront, The Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.), Military Spouse magazine and Omaha Magazine (Omaha, Neb.). Her syndicated bylines include The Denver Post,, and wire services.