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One of my biggest priorities in Congress is making sure we provide our veterans, reserve, Guard and active duty military with the care and resources they earned when they return home. I am both humbled and inspired by the men and women of the United States military whose service and sacrifice work to preserve freedom and ensure our national security.
I am angry about the misconduct at VA facilities across the country. The bottom line is veterans’ health should not suffer, and we must work quickly and efficiently to resolve the many issues plaguing our current VA system.
I supported The Veterans Access to Care Act (H.R. 4810) to improve the transparency and accountability within the VA while allowing veterans access to private healthcare facilities.
Since the beginning, I have been fighting for the new VA hospital in Aurora and working tirelessly with current and past members of the Colorado congressional delegation, veterans’ service organizations and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). As the serious mismanagement of the project unfolded I have supported reforms within the VA and worked to get the project back on track. This facility will provide veterans from across the Rocky Mountain region with access to modernized and high-quality health care.
In addition to health care, we have a responsibility to help put our veterans back to work when they return. I am committed to making sure our veterans and all Americans have good jobs here at home. Ensuring access to higher education and housing is another area where we should support our veterans. I voted for a new post-9/11 GI Bill to provide full college scholarships to four-year institutions to ensure our veterans more access to the education they need. Additionally, I supported a measure to extend the home buyer tax credit for any active duty military personnel who served overseas for more than 90 days to help them with the opportunity to purchase their first home.