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  • Sentinel: Coffman’s VA Housing Bill for Families, Children Moving Forward
    Posted in In the News on June 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    AURORA | A homeless veteran faces multiple obstacles when trying to find temporary shelter. Those barriers to getting a place to sleep grow exponentially if the veteran is trying to find shelter for their children as well. Too often, due to budgetary constraints homeless shelters will only be able to serve the veteran and not provide shelter for the rest of the family. That leads to scores of veterans turning down a bed in order to remain with their family for the night. The U.S. Department of V... Read more

  • House Passes Coffman’s Veterans Bills
    Posted in In the News on June 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO), a Marine Corps combat veteran and a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, applauded the passage of two of his bills— H.R. 2147 the ‘Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act’ and H.R. 4635, the ‘Peer-2-Peer Counseling Act’. Both bills were passed with unanimous support. “As a Marine Corps combat veteran, I live by the rule that ‘we never leave anyone behind’ and that always includes our veterans,” said Coffman. “The Vet... Read more

  • Opinion: Veterans Helping Veterans — Why Peer Support Should Be Expanded
    Posted in Op-Eds on June 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Veterans

    “You mean it gets better?” a female veteran asks Olga, a certified peer specialist working at the Department of Veterans Affairs. For the last decade, Olga has served as an integral part of the VA’s peer specialist program in Dallas. After going through the dizzying process herself as an Army veteran, she wondered how other veterans experiencing severe mental health episodes were managing to get the care they needed. Now, Olga spends her time connecting with other veterans to help steer them thr... Read more

  • VA MISSION Act Signed into Law
    Posted in In the News on June 6, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) released the following statement today after the President signed the VA MISSION Act into law: “The signing into law of the VA MISSION Act is a testament to the countless hours of bipartisan discussion and work to get this bill to the President’s desk. This law will now seek to strengthen and effectively reform the Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure it delivers the 21st century treatment and medical care our veterans rightly fough... Read more

  • ICYMI: Time to Fight For Homeless Veterans - and Their Families
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 30, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    By: James Gillespie Mile High Behavioral Healthcare and the Comitis Crisis Center --------- I will never forget the first time that I met DeLisa. She was walking down the hallway of the Comitis Crisis Center with her two small boys on each side of her, holding their mother’s hands. Comitis is a homeless shelter in Aurora, Colorado. When I first met her, I asked “Who are you here visiting?” My assumption was that she was a donor touring the building. Her reply surprised me: “We just moved into th... Read more

  • Rep. Coffman & Rep. Peters Introduce Bipartisan ‘PEER Act’
    Posted in In the News on May 21, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06) and Representative Scott Peters (CA-52) introduced H.R. 5830, the ‘Veteran Partners’ Efforts to Enhance Reintegration (PEER) Act’. The bill authorizes the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) to expand the peer-to-peer counseling program to better address the complex mental health care needs of veterans. “The VA’s existing peer-to-peer counseling program has already seen great success in helping veterans in their time of need, and Congr... Read more

  • Rep. Coffman on VA Secretary Nominee
    Posted in In the News on May 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Washington, D.C.—Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO), a Marine Corps combat veteran and member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee released the following statement on the Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Secretary nominee: “The VA is an organization that suffers from a culture of bureaucratic incompetence. Unless President Trump’s latest nominee, Robert Wilkie, is willing to clean house by firing all senior VA executives who’ve had significant failures, documented in Government Accountabili... Read more

  • Coffman Lauds Passage of ‘VA Mission Act of 2018’
    Posted in In the News on May 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO), a Marine Corps combat veteran and a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, praised the bipartisan agreement and passage of S. 2372, the ‘VA MISSION Act of 2018’. The legislation will overhaul the way in which the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) provides community health care for our nation’s veterans. “The passage of the VA MISSION Act is a testament to the bipartisan commitment this Congress has to strengthen and e... Read more

  • Coffman Pens Letter to Trump on the Direction of the VA
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Dear Mr. President, As a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and as a combat veteran, it is no secret that I am passionate about our nation’s obligation to provide the care and benefits that our veterans have earned through their service to our country. Today, I do not believe that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is meeting this solemn obligation. The time to clean up the VA is now. The prior administration systematically hid a culture of bureaucratic incompetence that has pla... Read more

  • Coffman’s Bills Clear Veterans’ Affairs Committee
    Posted in Press Releases on May 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO), a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (HVAC) and Marine Corps combat veteran, announced that two of his bills passed out of HVAC with strong bipartisan support. Coffman crafted the bills to fill current gaps he identified in how our nation supports veterans. One aids veterans who unfortunately have become entangled in the criminal justice system and the other supports our rapidly growing female veteran population. ... Read more

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