Withdrew Candidacy 01/16/2018


About the Candidate:

Larry R. Germanson, MGC

Your Colorado Congressional District 4 Candidate, serving the Eastern corridor of Colorado State from the borders of Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico to central Colorado. I will serve the people of Colorado just as intensely as I have during my past careers in the U.S. Military (20 years), Psychological clinics (10 years), and the US Postal Service (8 years) with Colorado as my home-base for the past 50 years.


Growing up on a farm and later in a small town, I learned basic American values from my grandparents, including: the value of hard work, honesty, and love of God and country. Later, I moved to the city and pursued higher education: a bachelor's degree from Viterbo University, a graduate degree from University College Dublin, Ireland, and the Graduate School of America. My wife also grew up working on a family farm which her family still owns and operates. 

I served in the Unites States Army as a Corporal in the Vietnam War, receiving several awards for valor in combat, including Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star with V for Valor. From Istanbul to Vietnam and Germany, I served as Medical Supervisor supporting our combat troops with medical aid. Working on the battlefield as well as in hospitals, I later used these skills in combination with with my Psychology degrees to serve the American people and combat-related PTSD patients from WWII to present global conflicts.

In Europe, I guest-lectured to medical doctors and personnel at medical schools and hospitals on one of my specialties, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

In Littleton, Colorado, I owned and successfully operated a nonprofit organization (1982-1985) for all war veterans known as Vietnam Veterans Missing in America (VVMIA). During this time I supervised 75 US Postal Carriers and Postal Window Clerks in Columbine, South Glen, and Littleton, Colorado. My units received several US Awards for outstanding proficiency and output of mail. 

Nationally, I served the American people in the American Red Cross including helping the First Responders in New York City at Ground Zero on 9/11. As one of the first volunteer psychologists on site at 9/11, I worked with New Yorkers and others who witnessed and experienced the trauma of terrorism. 

In addition, I served in North Carolina during Hurricane Lili (October 2002) as an American Red Cross First Responder, in Louisiana during Hurricane Georges Relief Efforts (September 1998), in Wisconsin during the aftermath of several tornadoes (1998), and fund raised in cooperation with the American Red Cross, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and Coulee Council on Alcohol (1997), and others.

As a volunteer Psychotherapist, I served the Hochunk Nation by establishing a Domestic Violence Prevention Program and was awarded the Wisconsin Vietnam Veteran Outstanding Achievement Award (June 1997).

In conjunction with the La Crosse Police Department and the Wisconsin Coulee Region Community Action Program, I received an award for my work with the COPS Child Abuse Project Assessment Committee. This effort resulted in successful intervention services for abused children.

I continually honed my skills and expanded my knowledge through education and training to better serve my clients and community, including the Hmong people, Native Americans, and a wide variety of socio-economic groups. I learned several foreign languages and became semi-fluent, including: German, Arabic: Turkish, and some Italian. 

While completing graduate school in 1995, I was asked to establish open communications between Protestant and Catholic factions in the highly volatile region of Northern Ireland. By bringing together in therapy groups the wives, mothers and sons who lost husbands and fathers to terrorist attacks from both factions to achieve better communication, a level of understanding and peaceful coexistence resulted.

As a psychotherapist in private practice which I owned and operated, I focused on helping Veterans and their families suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other war-related traumas beginning in 1982. I continue to assist Veterans free of charge to complete the process required to receive Veteran's benefits and their justly due disability compensation from the Veteran’s Administration.


Received Bronze Star w/Valor, Purple Heart, Army Commendation and Nominated for Congressional Medal of Honor

American Legion, Post #1985  Firestone, CO

Knights of Columbus - 5th Degree

Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH)

Free Masons

American Red Cross Volunteer - Scenic Bluffs Chapter, La Crosse, WI

CISM Team: Counseling for First Responders, Regional Hospitals, Mississippi River Valley

DMHS Tech - Crisis counseling

World Trade Center -- Terrorist Attack 2001, Lead Psychologist

Founder and President La Crosse Ireland Friendship -- Exchange (LIFE) Sister-City Project

International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance

Graduate student member of American Psychological Association (APA)

Lecturer at Saint Vincent's Hospital, Dublin, Ireland on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder to Psychiatry students

Interviewed postgraduate applicants for acceptance in Psychology program for University College Dublin

Our Center - Longmont, CO

Stephen Minister - St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Longmont, CO

St. John the Baptist Church, Eucharistic Minister


Former Coach

Intermurals: Football, basketball, and baseball in Colombine, Littleton, CO region


Former Member

Optimist Club

Sister City Committee: Ireland and LaCrosse

Big Brothers and Big Sisters/YMCA/YWCA

Riverboat, paddle ford, steamboat excursion expansion from Louisiana to Wisconsin Committee - Mississippi Queen and the American Queen (economic/tourism booster)


Professional Credentials

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, ABD 1996-2002, Graduate School of America, Minneapolis, MN

Master of Arts, Guidance and Counseling/Psychotherapy, 1995

Internship: Stillorgan, Ireland, 1994-1995 Counselor after-care, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Center

Bachelor of Science, Psychology, 1994, Viterbo University, LaCrosse, WI

Internship: Belfast, Ireland, 1993 Adolescents and Adults Diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Diploma, Arabic Language, Turkish, 1979, University of Maryland, Corlu, Turkey

Diploma, Human Relations Specialist, 1977, US Army Training Center, Fort Bliss, TX

Teaching Certification, Arizona Department of Education Certificate, Provisional Adult Education Educator, State of Arizona

University of Phoenix, Online Instructor, 2006-2007


Political Experiences

Politically, I previously ran for a City Council position. Over the years, I have worked closely with Mayors to boost the economy, fund major projects, and establish Sister City relationships in Ireland and other countries, thereby promoting global understanding and unity.


More Information:

Links to Articles about Larry R. Germanson or Google Larry Germanson



Candidate Contact Information:

Larry R. Germanson, Candidate: 520-431-4849 or email: rathgaremail@yahoo.com

Germanson Campaign for US Congress, CO CD 4: Dr. Mary Germanson at 720-534-5986



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