Craig to get veterans outreach clinic |

Craig to get veterans outreach clinic

The Associated Press
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

WASHINGTON (AP) ” The Veterans Affairs Department will open an outreach clinic this fall in Craig, Colo., allowing veterans in the state’s mountainous northwest to get health care much closer to home.

The VA announced the new clinic Wednesday after several years of lobbying by Colorado lawmakers. It will open Sept. 30.

Colorado has VA hospitals in Grand Junction and Denver and 11 community-based outreach clinics. But many veterans in northwest Colorado could get VA health care only by traveling more than 250 miles round-trip to Grand Junction ” often along windy mountain roads.

“That’s just wrong,” said Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., who had joined his brother, Democratic Rep. John Salazar, in pushing for the clinic.

John Salazar called the clinic a “great success” for veterans.

Colorado Republican Sen. Wayne Allard said lawmakers are also pushing for a clinic in eastern Colorado near Fort Morgan. He expects a decision in the next month.

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