A committee chaired by U.S. Senator Ken Salazar, (D)-Colorado heard concerns about the current state of the nation's veteran's health care system Tuesday in Grand Junction. The Department of Veterans Affairs faces a budget shortfall this year of $1.2 billion dollars, that means veterans in remote areas, including Western Colorado have difficulty receiving the care they need,
especially when a V.A. hospital is hours away.
Earlier this year Colorado's junior senator introduced legislation that would partner V.A. hospitals with veterans service organizations to provide transportation for those men and women.
The senator later went to Garfield, Eagle and Summit Counties to discuss the president's energy bill and renewable energy policies.
After the morning meeting on veteran's affairs in Grand Junction Senator Salazar participated in a ground breaking that also celebrated a congressional partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Congress Building America is a nationwide public, private and non–profit partnership between Habitat for Humanity and the United States Congress.
The goal of the program is to get every member of congress to build at least one habitat home in their state. The Washington D.C. director of the congressional program says it should bring more recognition to Habitat for Humanity.
The new home the senator visited is being built with the help of the new owners, the Jaynes family. An emotional Johnathan Jaynes thanked Habitat for Humanity for the opportunity to make a stable life for his family, who has seen periods of homelessness during many moves over the past eight years.
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