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

  • Coffman, Denham, McCaul demand action to avert soldier bonus claw back
    Posted in In the News on October 26, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Outraged by a report of soldiers being forced to repay enlistment bonuses, U.S. Reps. Mike Coffman (R-CO), Jeff Denham (R-CA) and Michael McCaul (R-TX) called for action to avert the claw backs. Thousands of soldiers who were paid bonuses of $15,000 or more to enlist or reenlist in the California National Guard at the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been ordered to repay their bonuses, the Los Angeles Times reports. Coffman, a veteran of the war in Iraq and a member of the House ... Read more

  • Gardner, Coffman, Tipton lead call for reforms to Veterans Choice Program
    Posted in In the News on October 25, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Reforms to the Veterans Choice Program led by U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and U.S. Reps. Mike Coffman (R-CO) and Scott Tipton (R-CO) would modernize the program’s payment, authorization and referral systems. In a letter to Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald, Gardner, Coffman, and Tipton and other members of Colorado’s delegation wrote that they had received complaints about Health Net, the system used to reimburse non-VA providers, from around the state. “The effectiv... Read more

  • Coffman to Push for Veterans to Keep Bonus Money
    Posted in Press Releases on October 24, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Washington, DC -- U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06), a Marine Corps Iraq War veteran and member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel, today called upon the Department of Defense (DoD) and the National Guard Bureau (NGB) to determine if they have the legal authority to waive regulations forcing thousands of National Guard soldiers, primarily in California, to repay reenlistment bonuses issued during the height of U.S involvement in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. If neither the DoD nor the NGB has authority, Coffman is ready to introduce a legislative fix to allow these soldiers to keep their bonuses. Read more

  • 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

  • VA barely makes subpoena deadline on Aurora Hospital project
    Posted in In the News on October 5, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    The Department of Veterans Affairs made its required report after the close of business on the deadline day in relation to its Aurora hospital project, though its status is unclear. “As of now, we have not determined if this CD complies with [the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee] issued subpoena,” U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman’s congressional office said in an email. The VA had been subpoenaed for the thousands of pages of supporting documentation detailing the Aurora VA hospital construction project’... Read more

  • Enough foot-dragging by VA on Aurora hospital reporting
    Posted in In the News on September 30, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    What an odd battle the Department of Veterans Affairs continues to wage over releasing information meant to explain the massive cost overruns at its Aurora hospital still under construction. The latest development is that, despite being handed a subpoena from Congress, VA officials are still withholding information that could prove useful in getting to the bottom of how the Aurora facility blew past its expected price by more than a billion dollars. This week, VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson tu... Read more

  • Coffman Applauds Provision to Cover IVF for Veterans
    Posted in Press Releases on September 29, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06) today issued the following statement on his “yes” vote on the Continuing Resolution, which included language to cover In vitro fertilization (IVF) for veterans with service-connected reproductive injuries: “Our nation's veterans who cannot otherwise conceive due to service-connected injuries, without question, deserve the chance to start a family,” Coffman said. “Earlier this year, I was moved by Army Cpl. Tyler Wilson's dream to start a family with his ... Read more

  • VA offers partial response to Congress, leaves big questions unanswered
    Posted in In the News on September 29, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Responding to a subpoena request from Congress, the Department of Veterans Affairs this week turned over some — but not all — of its investigative findings into a Colorado hospital that blew its construction budget by more than $1 billion. The documents, which include the transcripts of 18 interviews previously off-limits to lawmakers, could provide new clues about why the unfinished medical complex in Aurora saw its price jump from $604 million to about $1.7 billion. But congressional aides sai... Read more

  • VA Fails to Fully Comply with Subpoena
    Posted in Press Releases on September 29, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Washington, DC -- Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06), Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, said the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) failed to fully comply with the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (HVAC) subpoena which required the VA to turn over thousands of pages of supporting documentation from the VA’s Administrative Investigation Board (AIB) report detailing the causes of Aurora, Colorado VA hospital construction project’s delays and cost overruns. Read more

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