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BY: Jeffrey Cimmino
A Democrat running for Congress in Colorado who touts his work on behalf of veterans missed 35 percent of the Colorado Board of Veterans Affairs' meetings while he served on that body, according to meeting minutes.
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Jason Crow, who is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Coffman (Colo.), also represented a contractor who defrauded a veterans hospital of up to $2 million.
The minutes show that Crow missed 18 out of 51 meetings of the Colorado Board of Veterans Affairs while he served on it between 2009 and 2014. Gov. John Hickenlooper (D.) reappointed Crow to a four-year term on the board in 2013, but he was no longer a member as of May 2014.
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In June 2014, the Aurora Sentinel reported that "simmering scandals finally boiled over in May when major problems within VA medical care were confirmed by the release of a departmental audit June 9. The report, which detailed thousands of veterans on waiting lists for months, was the latest news for a battered system under fire for mismanaged facilities and care."
The audit revealed that more than 1,600 new patients had to wait at least 90 days for appointments at eastern Colorado VA medical centers, as well as 115 patients at western Colorado VA hospitals.
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"Locally," the report continued, "the VA has been the target of relentless criticism on how it's handling a replacement VA hospital being built in Aurora. The project is hundreds of millions of dollars over budget and the target of federal scrutiny." After years of delays, the VA hospital in Aurora opened earlier this year, $1 billion over budget.
According to a USA Today report from 2014, an investigation found that "clerks at the Department of Veterans Affairs clinic in Fort Collins were instructed last year how to falsify appointment records so it appeared the small...
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