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  • Coffman Introduces 'Sell Excess Luxury Lodgings' Act
    Posted in Press Releases on June 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and Economy, Military & Veterans

    Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) was joined by his colleagues, Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), Rep. John Duncan (R-TN) and Rep. Ann Kuster (D-NH), for the bipartisan introduction of H.R. 2773, the ‘Sell Excess Luxury Lodgings’ or ‘SELL Act’. The ‘SELL Act’ would direct the Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) to sell Pershing Hall, a 5-star boutique 24-room hotel, restaurant and club it currently owns in Paris, France. The property, initially obtained by the VA in 1991... Read more

  • Veteran Overmedication Prevention Act
    Posted in Press Releases on May 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Military & Veterans

    Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) were joined by their colleagues, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL), for the bipartisan introduction of H.R. 2652, the ‘Veteran Overmedication Prevention Act of 2017’. The legislation is intended to prevent the overmedication of veterans and combat suicide deaths through the use of comprehensive data. The bill mirrors legislation S.992 in the Senate, sp... Read more

  • Coffman on Passage of ‘PRIVATE ACT’
    Posted in Press Releases on May 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Military & Veterans

    U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) offered the following statement upon House passage of H.R. 2052, the ‘Protecting the Rights of Individuals Against Technological Exploitation Act’ or the “PRIVATE Act”: “As a Marine Corps combat veteran, I find it abhorrent that some service members are willing to compromise unit cohesiveness by sharing non-consensual explicit photographs of fellow service members. The 'PRIVATE Act' seeks increased protection for members who are victimized by other servic... Read more

  • Passed: ‘Veterans Appeal Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017'
    Posted in Press Releases on May 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Military & Veterans

    Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) supported the bipartisan passage of H.R. 2288, the ‘Veterans Appeal Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017”, which seeks to reform the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) appeals process by giving veterans more claim options. Specifically, it gives veterans three main options to choose from when filing their claims: to waive a hearing and the ability to submit additional evidence, submit additional evidence and have a hearing, or transfer juris... Read more

  • Coffman, O’Rourke Introduce ‘GI Bill Processing Improvement Act’
    Posted in In the News on May 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Military & Veterans

    U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) today introduced H.R. 2549, the ‘GI Bill Processing Improvement Act’, along with U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-TX). The act would ensure those receiving GI Bill benefits for their military service do so in a more timely manner. It also improves oversight of schools and educational facilities receiving funding, by requiring them to certify that GI Bill funds received are used for veterans’ services and requires that school certifying officials are p... Read more

  • Wounded Troops Discharged for Misconduct Often Had PTSD or T.B.I.
    Posted in In the News on May 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Military & Veterans

    Three-fifths of troops discharged from the military for misconduct in recent years had a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury or another associated condition, according to a report released Tuesday by the Government Accountability Office. The report, mandated by Congress, for the first time combined military medical and staffing data, as well as data from the Department of Veterans Affairs, to show that tens of thousands of wounded troops were kicked out of the arm... Read more

  • Veterans’ Choice Program Improvement Act Signed Into Law
    Posted in Press Releases on April 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Military & Veterans

    Today, The Veterans’ Choice Program Improvement Act, which ensures veterans will have access to medical care past its August expiration deadline has been signed into law. Upon its signature, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman released the following statement: “The signing of the Veterans’ Choice Program Improvement Act is not only the right thing to do for our veterans, but it’s an obligation we have to make sure those that have served receive timely medical care and attention they rightly have e... Read more

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

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