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

  • Coffman Introduces Bipartisan ‘Veterans Reimbursement for Emergency Ambulance Services' Act (VREASA)
    Posted in Press Releases on March 10, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) with bipartisan support has introduced H.R. 1445, the ‘Veterans Reimbursement for Emergency Ambulance Services Act’. The intent is to correct the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) regulations that unfairly saddle veterans with emergency ambulance payments. “It is absolutely unconscionable that our veterans be left with an unexpected ambulance bill after seeking emergency medical attention because of bureaucratic regulations at the VA. VREASA seeks to c... Read more

  • Coffman, Kilmer Praise VA Move to Increase Mental Health Services for At-Risk Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on March 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Coffman (R-CO) and Derek Kilmer (D-WA) praised an announcement from Veterans Affairs Secretary, David Shulkin, that the VA will move to immediately increase mental health services for at-risk veterans. At a House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing VA Secretary Shulkin committed to providing mental health services for veterans with other than honorable discharges. The VA Secretary’s proposal on outreach and urgent care options for these veterans is expected to be... Read more

  • Veterans Affairs Accountability First Act of 2017
    Posted in Press Releases on March 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) along with his colleagues on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs have introduced H.R. 1259, the ‘Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Accountability First Act of 2017’. This bill aims to provide the VA Secretary increased discretion to remove, demote, or suspend any VA employee, including Senior Executive Service employees due to performance or misconduct. “Time and time again, I have called to reform the VA—an organization that has been mired in a culture of corru... Read more

  • The Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Healthcare Act
    Posted in Press Releases on February 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Veterans

    Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Coffman (R-CO) and Derek Kilmer (D-WA) led the bipartisan reintroduction of the Veteran Urgent Access to Mental HealthCare Act (H.R. 918). This legislation would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide initial mental health assessments and urgent mental healthcare services to veterans at risk of suicide or harming others, even if they have an other than honorable discharge. A service member receives a less than honorable discharge, or “bad paper”... Read more

  • Coffman on VA Hiring Freeze Exemption
    Posted in Press Releases on January 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06) released the following statement in response to the Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Acting Secretary, Mr. Robert D. Snyder, issuing a memorandum establishing hiring exemptions at the VA. Such came after the Federal hiring freeze directive under the Presidential Memorandum of January 23, 2017: “I approve of the actions taken by the VA Acting Secretary to exempt public health and safety personnel from the federal hiring freeze. This action ensures that our veterans ... Read more

  • Trump should update military policy in Afghanistan
    Posted in Op-Eds on January 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Veterans

    Between Christmas and New Year’s, I led a congressional delegation to Kabul, Afghanistan, where I met with some of our soldiers, and with senior U.S. military and diplomatic leaders to discuss what progress we are or are not making in that war. What I found is alarming: First, we need to abandon the Obama administration’s false narrative that it has been able to reduce U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan, now down to 8,400, because our strategy is “working.” Quite the opposite is true; our strategy... Read more

  • FBI looks into Congress’ claims VA lied about hospital costs
    Posted in In the News on December 20, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy, 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

  • Coffman’s ‘Fairness for Veterans’ Proposal Included in NDAA
    Posted in Press Releases on December 2, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Washington, DC -- U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06) today applauded the passage of the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which contained a number of provisions proposed by Coffman. Read more

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

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