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  • Fighting diseases through regenerative medicine
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 24, 2016 | Preview rr

    The development of regenerative medical treatments is one of the most exciting aspects of modern medicine. In fact, a recent report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office states, “virtually any disease that results from malfunctioning, damaged or failing tissues may be potentially cured through regenerative medicine treatments.” These treatments, developed from adult stem cells, show potential to fully restore or establish normal function in damaged human cells, tissues, or organs. Curre... Read more

  • Adjustment issues shouldn’t prohibit help for veterans
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 16, 2016 | Preview rr

    Today, thousands of servicemen and servicewomen and recent military veterans have seen combat on multiple deployments. Many have seen their buddies killed or witnessed death up close. Many have also been wounded and had to endure extended and frequently painful and difficult recoveries. These are the types of events that can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder and other types of mental illness. It is absolutely vital that we as a nation address the twin crisis of veteran suicide and mental he... Read more

  • Coffman: The twin crisis of veterans' mental health and suicide
    Posted in Op-Eds on February 8, 2016 | Preview rr

    In April 1991, I returned home from serving as a light armored infantry officer with the U.S. Marine Corps in the first Gulf War. The unit was the first battalion to engage Iraqi forces inside of Kuwait. We did so for three days prior to the main ground attack on Feb. 24, 1991. For us, the stress of being on the front lines waiting for combat turned out to be worse than the actual combat phase itself because the Iraqi army had been severely degraded in a punishing bombing campaign that preceded ... Read more

  • The time is now for VA reform
    Posted in Op-Eds on February 8, 2016 | Preview rr

    Even as the chorus for reform at the VA grows louder, VA officials and the Obama Administration continue to deny the problems. Newspaper headlines trumpet stories of long wait lines, wasted taxpayer dollars, and an out-of-control bureaucracy But VA leadership and this Administration simply don’t get it. As a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, I have tackled a number of issues surrounding VA reform. Aurora VA Hospital &... Read more

  • Mr. President, sign the Defense authorization now
    Posted in Op-Eds on October 20, 2015 | Preview rr

    This week, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) goes to President Obama for his signature. This bi-partisan bill, passed by both the House and Senate with overwhelming majorities, meets the President’s full request for the national security budget. In a nutshell, NDAA provides essential pay and benefits to the men and women serving in our nation’s military. Expanded retirement options for troops, greater protections against sexual assault in the military and increased cyber security de... Read more

  • Completed Aurora VA hospital is in sight
    Posted in Op-Eds on October 10, 2015 | Preview rr

    Finally, a completed Aurora VA hospital is in sight. In early October, Congress voted to fully fund its construction, and the president has signed the legislation. This was no small feat. Despite the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) gross mismanagement and negligence, I look forward to celebrating the completion of the VA hospital in Aurora thanks to a bipartisan effort from the Colorado delegation. The road to this event is a long one. More than a decade ago, the VA announced plans to repl... Read more

  • Why I believe Iran Cannot Be Trusted
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 20, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    The President believes that if Iran is diplomatically treated with the same trust and respect afforded to responsible governments that Iran will somehow suddenly begin to conduct its affair in a responsible and rational manner. I disagree: My belief is that the Iranian government cannot be trusted and is based upon my personal experiences in the Middle East. Simply put, as long as Iran legitimizes state-sponsored terrorism, publicly states that Israel has no right to exist, and continues to dev... Read more

  • We Must Close the Military Sex-Offender Loophole
    Posted in Op-Eds on February 26, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Most Americans would find it chilling if a convicted sex offender were dropped into their neighborhood without warning, free to pick new victims at will. But apparently — according to a recent report — that’s exactly what the United States military has allowed to happen in our communities. In Arizona, the Marines released a chief warrant officer who was convicted and served time for making his 12-year-old babysitters wear his wife’s high heels and walk on his partially nude body, then rub their... Read more

  • Coffman: Getting the Aurora VA hospital built for our veterans
    Posted in Op-Eds on December 15, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    On the southeast corner of Anschutz Medical Research Center is a half-finished Veterans Affairs hospital that, when completed, will be a state-of-the-art medical center designed to meet the needs of our veterans. Unfortunately, the Aurora VA hospital is hundreds of millions over budget and is already years behind schedule due to incomprehensible incompetence by the VA. The general contractor, Kiewit-Turner Construction (KT), sued the VA for its mismanagement of the design process in coming up w... Read more

  • From Our Politician – Reforming Congress
    Posted in Op-Eds on October 9, 2014 | Preview rr

    Dear Friends: From the day I was elected to Congress in 2009, I have been engaged in a fight to change the culture of Washington, D.C. No doubt, trying to sell reform to members of Congress on changing a system that they have benefitted from has been an unbelievable tough sell but this is one that we can never give up on. There are many reforms that could easily make Congress better serve the American people but I believe that the top three are a balanced budget amendment, mandatory term limits... Read more

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