The 7th District's own Bob Beauprez had a special holiday message for ill and injured Colorado veterans today: get used to sub-standard health care!
Today, the Denver Post published a detailed article explaining how veterans needing health care in Colorado must go to VA facilities that are understaffed and operating out of outdated facilities. The culprit? A steady decrease in funds from Washington, including a $3 million shortfall this year. The budget problems are compounded by lack of foresight (sound familiar?) by Washington in planning for thousands of ill and injured soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Ed Thorsland, director of the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System is quoted as saying of this year: "We can just hope and pray that we make it through."
Representative Bob Beauprez's comments on this stiuation? According to the Denver Post:
The funding is more than enough to cover both existing needs and "the new cases coming home from the battlefield," Beauprez said.
The funding is enough if you think making veterans wait months for health care is acceptable. But, what can we expect Bob to do? He's only a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, which writes and approves the Department of Veterans Affairs budget each year...