Veterans benefits counselor requested

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs should hire a permanent benefits counselor in Grand Junction for Western Slope veterans, two members of the Colorado delegation said.

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., and U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., wrote to Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki asking for the posting.

Placing a counselor in Grand Junction would spare Western Slope veterans costly and time-consuming travel to Denver.

Placing a permanent benefits counselor on the Western Slope is a “low-cost, common-sense move that would save significant money and travel time for thousands of Colorado veterans,” Tipton and Udall wrote.

The population of veterans in Colorado will grow as many recruits return to their rural home counties, the letter said.

“Notably, three of the four Colorado counties with the highest recruitment are on the Western Slope: San Juan, Dolores and Mesa Counties, which are also among the least populous counties in the state,” the letter said.


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