Since taking office in 2007, one of Ed’s biggest priorities has been completion of the new VA Medical Center in Aurora. The new VA Medical Facility was plagued by problems for more than a decade, but the facility is now open and offering world-class services to Veterans across the Rocky Mountain region. Ed helped lead the Colorado delegation’s efforts to change the construction team on the project and fully fund completion of the facility. Ed continues to monitor the operations of the facility to ensure our Veterans receive the care they need and deserve.
Ed has also worked to put Veterans back to work when they return and ensure they receive the benefits they earned through their service to our country. Ed supports protecting and strengthening the post-9/11 GI Bill to ensure Veterans have access to their education and housing benefits and that DOD and the VA are collaborating on how to transition Veterans back home. Ed has also supported resources and legislative reforms to reduce the disability claim backlog. When Veterans are injured during their service, it’s our responsibility to get them the benefits they are owed.
In 2017, Ed held eight Vietnam War 50th Commemoration ceremonies and honored nearly 900 Vietnam-era Veterans in Colorado. Click here for more information.