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  • Perlmutter Statement on VA Inspector General Report of Aurora VA Replacement Medical Facility
    Posted in Press Releases on September 21, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) issued the following statement regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Inspector General (IG) report on the mismanagement of the Denver VA Replacement Medical Facility in Aurora, CO: “I’m glad the VA Inspector General completed the review of the Aurora VA Medical Center. This report confirms the mismanagement of the project by former VA officials and details the numerous mistakes made by not controlling the design of the project and im... Read more

  • Candlelight memorial for Colorado man killed fighting ISIS with Kurdish forces in Syria
    Posted in In the News on August 24, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    ARVADA -- Family and friends gathered to celebrated the life of Levi "Jack" Shirley on what should've been his 25th birthday. They shared memories, lit candles, and sang happy birthday. Shirley, known by his Kurdish nickname 'Agir' was killed in Syria on July 14. He joined Kurdish forces called the People's Protection Units or YPG in order to fight ISIS. He was killed during combat operations in the Syrian city of Manbij. "This is pretty bittersweet. My boy really loved birthdays. There’s no way... Read more

  • My Name Is: Oscar Reiss
    Posted in In the News on August 22, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    Editor’s Note: Dr. Oscar Reiss received his World War II medals at a ceremony arranged by Congressman Ed Perlmutter on Aug. 3. Perlmutter has held several medal ceremonies for local veterans who were never awarded or presented with the medals and honors they earned during their service. Reiss received the Silver Star, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct, European-African-Middle Easter Campaign, World War II Victory and Army of Occupation of Germany medals. About me Born in Rhineland, Germany, I move... Read more

  • Perlmutter awards World War II veteran Oscar Reiss seven war medals after nearly 70 years
    Posted in In the News on August 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    Nearly 70 years after performing the acts of valor that earned him seven prestigious war medals for his service in the U.S. Army, 95-year-old WWII veteran Oscar Reiss, Ph.D was finally presented his medals in a formal ceremony Aug. 3. Reiss contacted Rep. Ed Perlmutter’s office to ask for a medal ceremony for the Silver Star Medal and Purple Heart Medal that had already been awarded to him without ceremony, and in the process, Perlmutter’s office discovered that Reiss earned five additional meda... Read more

  • World War II veteran awarded war medals after nearly 70 years
    Posted in In the News on August 3, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    Nearly 70 years since his time as a soldier, World War II veteran Oscar Reiss on Wednesday was finally awarded his distinguished war medals, five of which he didn’t know he earned until earlier this year. The 95-year-old Reiss filed a request with U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter’s office in April, asking a formal ceremony for the Silver Star and Purple Heart medals he earned in World War II but was never formally presented. While processing those honors, it was discovered Reiss was due five additional ... Read more

  • Perlmutter Honors WWII Veteran by Formally Presenting Medals for Service
    Posted in Press Releases on August 3, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    Lakewood, Colo. – On August 3, 2016, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) held a formal medal presentation ceremony for Lakewood resident, Oscar Reiss, Ph.D. During the ceremony, Dr. Reiss was presented with seven military medals for his service during World War II. “Dr. Reiss has had an amazing life with some terrible losses but because of his courage and bravery, we’ve all benefited as a country and been blessed by his contributions both in and out of military service,” said Perlmutter. Born in Rhi... Read more

  • 2015 Year in Review: After VA budget fights, they’re finishing ‘the damn thing’
    Posted in In the News on December 30, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy, Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    Content originally published by the Aurora Sentinel on December 30th, 2015. After a long and costly process and cries from veterans to “finish the damn thing,” the federal government awarded a final construction contract in the fall of 2015 to complete an over-budget veterans medical center, which will be located across from the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. The hospital is set to open in January 2018. The $1.7-billion total means the medical center will cost nearly triple the estimates of... Read more

  • My Name Is: Joe Labutka of Lakewood. Former service member, current student at UCD
    Posted in In the News on November 25, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    Content originally published by the Lakewood Sentinel on November 25th, 2015. By Clarke Reader Lakewood Sentinel About me I moved to Colorado when I was around 8 or 9 years old, and have been in Lakewood pretty much the entire time. I went to Patterson Elementary, O’Connell Middle and Alameda High School. I joined the active Army in 2006, and then joined the Army National Guard in 2012 when I returned home. I started attending college at Red Rocks Community College and now I’m studying civil en... Read more

  • Niece ensures uncle's time as POW in Vietnam secured in D.C. so others can learn
    Posted in In the News on November 25, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    Content originally published by the Denver Post on November 25th, 2015. By Catherine Elsby Denver Post YourHub ARVADA —Kathrynn Mann of Arvada knew the trove of wartime documents she found was special. But she didn't know just what to do with the notes her uncle took in a Vietnam prisoner-of-war camp. Now, thanks to her, the details of the five years Air Force Col. John Stavast spent in the Hanoi Hilton will be available to scholars and historians via the Library of Congress. "The magnitude of ... Read more

  • Arvada woman to donate POW's secret lists
    Posted in In the News on November 12, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    Article orginally published on KUSA on November 10th, 2015. KUSA - An Arvada woman plans to donate her uncle's military papers to the Library of Congress, including secret handwritten prisoner lists he kept as a POW during the Vietnam War. In 1967, then Lt. Col. John Stavast's plane was shot down during a mission over Hanoi. Stavast was originally classified as missing in action (MIA), and his family did not know if he was dead or alive for years. He was held as a prisoner of war at the notorio... Read more

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