Veterans plan rally Sunday near unfinished Aurora VA hospital

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AURORA | Members of the United Veterans Committee plan to rally Sunday near the unfinished veterans hospital in Aurora to urge Congress to come up with a permanent solution for funding the massive facility.

A flyer sent out by the UVA said the regional medical facility is needed for one million veterans in the Rocky Mountain region that includes Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska and New Mexico.

The U.S. Senate passed a temporary measure May 22 to increase the spending cap for the Department of Veterans Affairs by $100 million, allowing construction to continue on the hospital project. The three-week extension has given more time to negotiate a longer-term agreement.

The UVA said it invited the entire Colorado congressional delegation to attend the rally. U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Golden, has said he will attend; Perlmutter previously represented the Aurora area Colorado’s most-recent congressional redistricting, which redrew district boundaries to place Aurora in the 6th Congressional District, represented in the U.S. House by Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora.

The UVA plans to hold the rally at 3 p.m. Sunday at the dental clinic parking lot, west of the construction site, at 1575 Wheeling St.

— The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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gofastgo
gofastgo
7 years ago

Then the vets are as wrong as the folks at the VA, they should protest alright, against building this monstrosity to begin with.

gofastgo
gofastgo
7 years ago

Allow veterans to get their health care where we all do, in hospitals already in place. This is another government run boondoggle.

Travis
Travis
7 years ago

gofast-

Sorry to say it, but you are WRONG. Wait times at the current facility are ridiculous in some specialties and there is NO ROOM to add staff. While there may be some waste at the new facility (none proven) our Vets deserve better service than they are getting now.
The newest construction at the old hospital was a parking garage during the Clinton administration. Further, the new facility is co-located with CU Medical School and the ability to coordinate services with the doctors there is key to better care for our vets.