Karl Bloom of Grand Junction stopped going to work about February of this year. He can't drive anymore, because he's lost most of his left peripheral vision. And chemotherapy has often left him tired throughout the day.

For Grand Junction VA hospital director Michael Kilmer, there are too many stories like the one he recounted last week — a recent encounter with a veteran who said he had been told he made too much money to use the VA hospital for health care.

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