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  • Wounded Troops Discharged for Misconduct Often Had PTSD or T.B.I.
    Posted in In the News on May 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Military & Veterans

    Three-fifths of troops discharged from the military for misconduct in recent years had a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury or another associated condition, according to a report released Tuesday by the Government Accountability Office. The report, mandated by Congress, for the first time combined military medical and staffing data, as well as data from the Department of Veterans Affairs, to show that tens of thousands of wounded troops were kicked out of the arm... Read more

  • DeGette, Coffman Introduce Bill to Respect States’ Rights on Marijuana
    Posted in In the News on May 18, 2017 | Preview rr

    U.S. Representatives Diana DeGette (CO-01) and Mike Coffman (CO-06) today introduced a bill to ensure that the federal government does not pre-empt state laws on marijuana. The 'Respect States and Citizens’ Rights Act of 2017' clarifies congressional intent and provides guidance for courts. DeGette and Coffman teamed up on a similar bill in 2012 just after Coloradans approved legalizing marijuana by a margin of six points. They are introducing it anew at a time when the Trump Administration has... Read more

  • Tricare, Military Pay Raise & More-- What’s on Congressional Plate this Session
    Posted in In the News on May 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    The military personnel system is going through a crisis according to some of the most notable former military officials in the nation and in the midst of those choppy waters, two new lawmakers are taking the helm. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) and Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) took over as chairman and ranking member of the House Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee this year. This responsibility comes as a slew of issues plague the military. TRICARE, talent management, sexual assault and housing... Read more

  • VA Expands Mental Health Care for Discharged Veterans
    Posted in In the News on March 10, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Military & Veterans

    The Department of Veterans Affairs will offer urgent mental health care beginning this summer to thousands of former service members with less-than-honorable discharges, part of its expanded initiative to stem stubbornly high rates of suicide. VA Secretary David Shulkin said Wednesday the additional coverage was needed to help former service members who are more likely to have mental health distress. He said the department couldn’t wait for legislation and needed to act now, noting that the vas... Read more

  • FBI looks into Congress’ claims VA lied about hospital costs
    Posted in In the News on December 20, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Jobs and Economy, Military & Veterans

    DENVER (AP) - The Justice Department is considering whether to investigate allegations that Veterans Affairs Department executives lied to Congress to conceal massive cost overruns at a $1.7 billion VA hospital under construction outside Denver. The FBI’s Washington field office is reviewing the allegations, the Justice Department said in a letter to Congress. The letter was dated Dec. 9 and made public Tuesday. The FBI is part of the Justice Department. Lawmakers accuse VA executives of lying w... Read more

  • Veterans hooked on heroin struggle to find help
    Posted in In the News on November 3, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Military & Veterans

    A KRDO Newschannel 13 investigation revealed that a large number of heroin addicts in America are veterans. Not only has the VA health care system struggled to help them, but it may also be responsible for inadvertently creating the addictions in the first place. Ross Armentor is recovering heroin addict who has been sober for three years this month. Shortly after serving in Iraq in 2003, he was prescribed the powerful painkiller Percocet, which contains the opioid oxycontin. He was suffering fr... Read more

  • Denver Hospice honors local veterans
    Posted in In the News on November 2, 2016 | Preview rr

    The Denver Hospice regularly holds pinning ceremonies at local long-term care facilities saluting veterans and their service to our country. Recently, 33 Air Force veterans were honored by the Denver Hospice and U.S Rep. Mike Coffman, known as the veterans’ veteran. The ceremony was held at the State Veterans Community Living Center at Fitzsimmons. As the only hospice in Denver to earn Level 4 status in the “We Honor Veterans” campaign, a joint program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care... Read more

  • Coffman, Costello, Poliquin praise decision to halt efforts to claw back bonuses
    Posted in In the News on October 28, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Military & Veterans

    The Pentagon’s announcement this week that enlistment bonuses would not be clawed back from California National Guard soldiers was met with applause from U.S. Reps. Mike Coffman (R-CO), Ryan Costello (R-PA) and Bruce Poliquin (R-ME). The U.S. Defense Secretary ordered the Pentagon suspend the collection of improper enlistment bonuses paid to thousands of California National Guard soldiers at the height of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. “I am so relieved that bureaucrats at the Pentagon finall... Read more

  • Colorado Farm Bureau presents Friend of Farm Bureau Award to Congressman Mike Coffman
    Posted in In the News on October 27, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Centennial, CO – Today, Colorado Farm Bureau presented Congressman Mike Coffman with its Friend of Farm Bureau Award at the Colorado Farm Bureau State Office in Centennial, Colo. The Friend of Farm Bureau award is awarded at the end of each Congress to members who worked to support agriculture and rural Colorado. “The Friend of Farm Bureau Award is our thanks to Congressman Coffman for standing up for Colorado farm and ranch families in Congress,” Don Shawcroft, Colorado Farm Bureau president, s... Read more

  • APS elementary school teacher surprised with $25,000 award
    Posted in In the News on October 26, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    One Aurora teacher just became $25,000 richer. Jennie Schmaltz, a third-grade teacher at Elkhart Elementary School, was surprised with a Milken Educator Award Wednesday — an honor that comes with a no-strings-attached prize of $25,000. An Aurora native and graduate of Smoky Hill High School, Schmaltz was presented with the award and check Oct. 26 at a surprise assembly in the Elkhart gymnasium. Several notable dignitaries attended the ceremony, including Aurora Public Schools Superintendent Rico... Read more

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