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  • End the VA suicide hotline’s busy signal
    Posted in In the News on September 27, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Fumbling the phone call of a suicidal veteran reaching out to a hotline for help is an unthinkable failure on the long list of dangerous mistakes perpetrated by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Ensuring that veterans teetering on the brink are not met with a busy signal or a voice message when they call a phone number established solely to keep them from falling seems like a fairly basic responsibility. But it’s one that the VA seems incapable of accomplishing. The Associated Press revealed o... Read more

  • U.S. lawmakers formally request perjury probe over Aurora VA hospital
    Posted in In the News on September 23, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    DENVER — A bipartisan group of lawmakers formally asked the U.S. Justice Department Thursday to investigate whether Veterans Affairs Department executives lied to Congress to conceal massive cost overruns at a Denver-area hospital. Twelve Republicans and nine Democrats on the House Veterans Affairs Committee made the request in a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch. “It is an absolute fact that numerous VA officials repeatedly misled Congress regarding cost overruns related to the replaceme... Read more

  • Lawmakers want perjury investigation over costly Aurora VA hospital; COFFMAN: ‘He lied’
    Posted in In the News on September 22, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    | Federal prosecutors should investigate whether a former Veterans Affairs Department executive committed perjury when he testified about the cost of a new Aurora VA hospital, which is more than $1 billion over budget, members of Congress said. Florida Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, and Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., said Wednesday the Justice Department should investigate Glenn Haggstrom’s statements to Congress in 2013 and 2014. The VA’s internal watchdog rel... Read more

  • IG finds mismanagement, possible perjury in case of new VA hospital
    Posted in In the News on September 22, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Leaders behind a plan for a new Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Aurora, Colo., agreed to a grandiose design and ignored repeated, early warnings about the costs, driving it into financial failure, according to a report issued Wednesday. The VA’s internal watchdog released findings from a yearlong investigation of the Aurora hospital, which has taken 20 years to develop and is expected to cost $1.7 billion – more than double the budget approved for the facility before breaking ground i... Read more

  • Coffman Calls for Criminal Referrals Following VA OIG Report Release
    Posted in Press Releases on September 21, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) today wrote a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (VAOIG) regarding criminal referrals following the release of the VAOIG Report on the Denver replacement medical center in Aurora, Colorado. Coffman’s full letter can be read here. VAOIG’s full report titled, Review of the Replacement of the Denver Medical Center, Eastern Colorado Health Care System can be read here. “I am writing to follow-up on the April 6, 2016 le... Read more

  • Inquiry Finds ‘Gross Mismanagement’ In Costly VA Hospital
    Posted in In the News on September 21, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    DENVER (AP) – Gross mismanagement, delays and lax oversight by the Veterans Affairs Department added hundreds of millions of dollars to the cost of a new VA hospital In Aurora, federal investigators said Wednesday. A report from the department’s internal watchdog also said a former senior VA official, Glenn Haggstrom, knew the project was veering toward huge cost overruns but didn’t tell lawmakers that when he testified before Congress in 2013 and 2014. That prompted lawmakers to call for a perj... Read more

  • Investigators find ‘gross mismanagement’ tripled cost of Aurora VA hospital
    Posted in In the News on September 21, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Colo. -- Federal investigators say “gross mismanagement,” delays and lax oversight by the Department of Veterans Affairs added millions of dollars to the cost of the Aurora VA hospital. The report from the Office of Inspector General released Wednesday said that former senior VA official Glenn Haggstrom knew the project would go over budget, but didn’t tell lawmakers when he testified before Congress in 2013 and 2014. “This was a failure of government at every level within the VA,” Sen. Cory Gar... Read more

  • Congress right to press VA on Aurora hospital
    Posted in In the News on September 13, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Taxpayers in Colorado and across the nation have been kept in the dark far too long about what went so disastrously awry with the mushrooming cost to build the still-under-construction veterans hospital in Aurora. One would think a billion-dollar overrun for a facility originally slated to cost $604 million would demand a timely explanation. But as we saw again last week, the top brass at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs keeps trying to keep its secrets. Though the VA completed a report o... Read more

  • Advocates, lawmakers push for answers to problem of 'bad paper' discharges
    Posted in In the News on September 13, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Veterans advocates rallied on Capitol Hill Tuesday to urge lawmakers deal with the problem of so-called “bad paper” discharges that prevent some struggling veterans from receiving health care, and urged the White House to intervene while the legislative process drags on. “It’s disturbing to see this issue come back,” said John Rowan, president and CEO of Vietnam Veterans of America. “We saw half a million questionable less-than-honorable discharges during the Vietnam era. And to think that today... Read more

  • Coffman Votes to Subpoena Internal VA Probe on Aurora VA Hospital Project
    Posted in Press Releases on September 7, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Washington, DC -- U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06) today voted in favor of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee’s (HVAC) motion to subpoena thousands of pages of undisclosed supporting documentation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Administrative Investigation Board (AIB) report detailing the Aurora VA hospital construction debacle. Read more

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