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  • Vets who aren't treated, but then discharged are harmed twice
    Posted in Op-Eds on October 16, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Too many of our combat veterans return home to find themselves needing help that often just isn’t there. To make matters worse, nearly 22 veterans commit suicide every day — a number that is far too high. What should be a core competency of the Department of Veterans Affairs continually fails those who fought for us. Read more

  • Federal and state threats to small businesses
    Posted in Op-Eds on August 29, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Small Business

    The small businesses in my congressional district consistently ask me to make the federal government’s policies more like Colorado’s. The pro-growth policies in this state have made it one of the best for small businesses in the country. That may soon change. On Election Day, Colorado voters face two ballot measures – one for a state-run healthcare system and one for a dramatic minimum wage increase -- these could transform Colorado from one nation’s most business-friendly states to one of the ... Read more

  • COFFMAN: VA undermines trust, accountability by refusing to disclose report on hospital construction failures
    Posted in Op-Eds on August 26, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    The Veterans Administration’s internal investigation of the Aurora VA hospital construction project is complete. But the VA continues to deny requests to release this report, which details the massive cost overruns, delays, and mismanagement that occurred. American taxpayers and veterans are entitled to see the VA’s detailed explanation of how this project’s cost spiraled out-of-control, while falling massively behind schedule. Nearly a year after it was initially promised, a memorandum summari... Read more

  • 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

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