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Bipartisan Bill to Streamline Veterans Services Clears Senate

Bipartisan Bill to Streamline Veterans Services Clears Senate

Bipartisan Bill to Streamline Veterans Services Clears Senate The bill aims to improve veterans services that are currently impacted by delays  DENVER, CO – Today, the Colorado Senate unanimously approved Senator Rhonda Fields’, D-Aurora, bipartisan bill to decrease delays at veterans centers and improve veterans services. SB24-004, co-sponsored by Senator Rod Pelton, R-Cheyenne Wells, would increase the […]

VA To Award $52.5 Million In Grants To Prevent Suicide

VA To Award $52.5 Million In Grants To Prevent Suicide

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT vapublicaffairs@va.gov VA to award $52.5 million in grants to local organizations working to prevent Veteran suicide 01/25/2024 04:00 AM EST WASHINGTON — Today, VA announced the availability of $52.5 million in funding for grants to community-based organizations that provide or coordinate suicide prevention services for Veterans and their families — including conducting Veteran […]

9/11 Tri-State Memorial Committee Hosts Veterans Day Observance

9/11 Tri-State Memorial Committee Hosts Veterans Day Observance

  Over 150 persons attended the November 11th Veterans Day Remembrance at the 9/11 Memorial Site north of Lamar.  Ty Harmon served as master of ceremonies which included a moment of prayer, led by Pastor Jeff Alexander.  The American Legion/VFW presented the colors, with the Venture Scout group raising and lower our nation’s flag.  Clare […]

VA Surpasses Prior Care and Benefits Delivered to Veterans in Fiscal 2023

VA Surpasses Prior Care and Benefits Delivered to Veterans in Fiscal 2023

    WASHINGTON —The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it delivered more care and more benefits to more Veterans than ever before in fiscal year 2023. “As Americans, it’s our sacred obligation to serve Veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors — just like they’ve served us,” said VA Secretary Denis McDonough. “We at VA […]

Kimberly Jackson Sworn in as VA’s Chief of Staff

Kimberly Jackson Sworn in as VA’s Chief of Staff

    Kimberly Jackson was sworn in by Secretary Denis McDonough as VA’s chief of staff. In this role, Chief of Staff Jackson will help lead the Department of Veterans Affairs as it continues to deliver more care and more benefits to more Veterans than ever before in the nation’s history. Chief of Staff Jackson […]

Potential Government Shutdown Impact on Veteran's Services

Potential Government Shutdown Impact on Veteran’s Services

As of now it is unclear whether a shutdown would occur, but if it does – this is how it would affect VA’s customers. Please forward this e-mail or  on your channels. Veteran health care is not impacted. VA Medical Centers, Outpatient Clinics, and Vet Centers will be open. VA benefits will continue to be processed and delivered, including compensation, pension, […]

VA Announces Expanded Burial Benefits for Veterans

  WASHINGTON — Today, VA announced that Veterans, and their families, caregivers, and survivors now have access to expanded burial benefits to help with end-of-life expenses related to a Veteran’s gravesite, burial, funeral and transportation of remains to their final resting place. Burial benefits are available to individuals who pay for a Veteran’s burial and funeral […]

Tri-State Annual 9-11 Tribute Honors Jim Hamilton

Tri-State Annual 9-11 Tribute Honors Jim Hamilton

    The September 9th, 2023 Annual Tri-State 9-11 Parade and Fairgrounds event featured a special flag-folding ceremony honoring former Prowers County Sheriff, Jim Hamilton who served his community for numerous years in law enforcement including his earlier years as a member of the Colorado State Patrol. The morning parade began at 10am and followed […]

Next PACT Act Deadline: Health Care Enrollment for Veterans Who Deployed to Combat Zones

Next PACT Act Deadline: Health Care Enrollment for Veterans Who Deployed to Combat Zones

  WASHINGTON — Until 11:59 p.m. local time Sept. 30, 2023, Veterans who deployed to a combat zone, never enrolled in VA health care, and left active duty between Sept. 11, 2001 and Oct. 1, 2013 are eligible to enroll directly in VA health care. This special enrollment period gives Veterans who served in Iraq, […]

VA Eastern Colorado Earns Top Federal Rating

VA Eastern Colorado Earns Top Federal Rating

    VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS) announced this month that Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center in Aurora earned a top five-star rating from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This is the first time CMS, a federal agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, included VA facilities in […]

VA Health Care Facilities Rank High in CMS Ratings, Outperforming Some non-VA Facilities

VA Health Care Facilities Rank High in CMS Ratings, Outperforming Some non-VA Facilities

  WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that 67% of VA hospitals included in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) annual Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings received either 4 or 5 stars, compared to only 41% of non-VA hospitals. This was the first time VA hospitals were included in the CMS […]

Veterans to See Cost-of-living Benefit Increase with 2024 COLA

Veterans to See Cost-of-living Benefit Increase with 2024 COLA

    On Wednesday, June 14, 2023, President Joe Biden signed into law the Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) Act of 2023, which directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide a cost-of-living adjustment for Veterans benefits in 2024 equal to the COLA applied to Social Security benefits, as determined by the Social Security Administration […]

VA Launches PACT Act Summer VetFest Encourage Veterans & Survivors to Apply for New Health Care and Benefits

VA Launches PACT Act Summer VetFest Encourage Veterans & Survivors to Apply for New Health Care and Benefits

  WASHINGTON — In July, VA will kick off PACT Act Summer VetFest to inform Veterans, their families, and survivors about the PACT Act and encourage them to apply for the health care and benefits they have earned. The PACT Act, which President Biden signed into law on Aug. 10, 2022, is the biggest expansion […]

VA Volunteer Driver, Galen Burnett Honored for Years/Miles of Dedication

  Galan Burnett has driven for the Prowers County Veteran Transportation Program for 20 years. He has logged 7,125 volunteer hours getting veterans to and from their medical appointments throughout sections of eastern Colorado served by the medical facilities of the VA.  Many rural veterans have no other way to get to their medical appointments […]

VA Eastern Colorado to screen tens of thousands of Veterans for toxic exposures

VA Eastern Colorado to screen tens of thousands of Veterans for toxic exposures

    “When the ground assault started, the horizon lit up—that’s how close we were,” said Army Veteran Ramon Navarro of Castle Rock about serving in Gulf War operations to free Kuwait from occupying Iraqi forces. Navarro rolled into the Arabian Peninsula in 1991 to setup 400-bed evacuation hospitals. The former biomedical engineer recalls the […]